BEE POLLEN THERAPY
(Investigator 157, 2014
male sex cells of plants and is gathered by placing brushes at the
bee-hive entrance, knocking the pollen off as the bees enter. The use
of pollen grains in the reproduction of plants was known empirically to
several ancient cultures. The earliest perhaps, the Assyrians, who
employed hand pollination to ensure full yields of date palm fruits.
Honey is the predigested nectar manufactured by bees and was used
extensively by many ancient civilisations as a potent bactericide.
fads popular among "New Age" advocates, it is taken as a remedy on the
basis that ''because it's natural, it must be good for you".
as a herbal remedy, usually in the form of capsules.
doesn't necessarily mean that something is pure and safe. Fifty per
cent of bee pollen consists of fungus, bacteria, insect body parts and
hairs, mites, and bee fecal material. Pollens are also among the most
allergenic substances in the world.
is sold as a herbal remedy, because of poorly controlled manufacturing
practices of herbal remedy makers, bee pollen capsules may be
adulterated with many other substances.
with athletes, bee pollen tablets have been erroneously associated with
improved athletic performance. The fallacy came about in 1972 when
Lasse Viren, the Finnish long distance runner started a rumour
regarding the benefits of bee pollen tablets. Research carried out at
Louisiana State University however, has shown that bee pollen has no
effect on the performance of runners and swimmers.
the belief that honey will provide more energy than sugar, and that the
latter is "bad" for you. Both in fact, if taken in excessive quantities
can produce detrimental effects.
are associated with bee pollen. In America, the Royden Brown Pollen
Company of Arizona was fined $200,000 by the Federal Trade Commission
for falsely claiming that their bee pollen products could cause
consumers to lose weight, permanently alleviate their allergy symptoms,
and reverse the aging process.
proven medicinal value, but it does have potential for harm.
BEE VENOM THERAPY
therapeutic use dates back nearly two thousand years to Hippocrates who
used it to treat arthritis-related diseases. It has also been a folk
remedy cure for rheumatism for centuries.
inflammation in the area where it was introduced and the body then
produces anti-inflammatory hormones and other substances to help
alleviate it. The bee venom is so powerful that it also treats the
original condition causing the inflammation as well.
It can be
administered by the sting from a live bee or a pharmaceutically
requires a series of injections or stings and there is always the
prospect of suffering a fatal shock, should one be allergic to bee
H. 1999 Alternative, Complementary, Holistic & Spiritual Healing,
Australian Skeptics Inc.