A Hollywood star revealed she’d recently experimented with bee sting therapy, aka apitherapy. she has disclosed that she uses an ancient health treatment in which she is voluntarily stung by bees.
The actress said that the effect on her was "pretty incredible", but admitted: "Man, it's painful."
Apitherapy - has been around for thousands of years, but has fallen out of fashion in recent times. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. Apitherapy is said to draw on the anti-inflammatory properties of the toxin melittin, the active compound in bee venom, to treat arthritis, multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure.
During the menopause, levels of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone drop rapidly leading to accelerated skin ageing. Honey bee venom is used cosmetically to 'fool' the skin into thinking it has been lightly stung. This causes the body to direct blood towards the area and stimulates the production of the naturally-occurring chemicals collagen and elastin.
Bee venom breaks down cell membranes, which tricks your body into thinking it's under attack. It responds by increasing circulation, triggering the production of collagen and even relaxing facial muscles. This helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, which is why some use bee venom as a natural alternative to Botox.
But unlike Botox, bee venom stimulates the blood supply coming into the skin, improving its condition. Long-term, bee venom will improve the skin, while Botox will damage it. To maintain the look, people have to use Botox over and over again.
So do you need to get stung? No way!!! I like bees but from a distance. So there are alternatives out there: creams, toners and facial masks that use bee venom in their products.
Apparently no bees are hurt in the process of extracting venom. Bees do die when they sting human flesh but the venom collectors are made out of a very thin membrane, or they deposit directly onto a glass, so the Bee's lance remains in their body and it does not fall off and kill the bee.
So if you still feel unsure about bee venom, you can always try Syn-Ake
(snake venom). See my next post and I will try not to get bitten by a Malaysian Temple Viper.