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“Live Bee Acupuncture” Session Kills Woman

A woman was hoping to receive the healing effects of “bee acupuncture” but ended up dying from the treatment.
The 55-year-old Spaniard was undergoing “apitherapy” for treatment of stress and muscle tightness. This is an alternative treatment for pain relief. The procedure is performed by placing a live bee on the patient. The practioner will then pinch the insect’s head until its stinger emerges and injects venom into the body. According to her doctors, she had been having these treatments done once a month for the past two years without any sign of a reaction.
During her last treatment, she suffered an allergic reaction and lost consciousness. The clinic called an ambulance but it took about 30 minutes for it to arrive. While at the hospital, her blood pressure dropped, causing a massive stroke and permanent coma. She died several weeks later from multiorgan failure.
Apitherapy treatments have been around for thousands of years. The American Apitherapy Society claims that these treatments are effective for pain, wounds, gout, burns, tendonitis, infections, and multiple sclerosis. Research on this subject is limited, but a 2015 review published in PLOS One found that in 145 studies, roughly 29 percent of people who underwent bee venom therapy experienced adverse effects. These events ranged from trivial skin reactions to life-threatening anaphylaxis.
I’ve read that Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Middleton are touting bee venom treatments as a way to improve their beauty. Do you think they will continue having these treatments done after hearing this story? If so, I hope they have a good insurance policy.