bee sting therapy

A woman in Spain suffered a severe allergic reaction and died during a controversial bee sting therapy session. Apitherapy, or “bee therapy,” is a type of acupuncture that uses bee stings, rather than needles, to stimulate specific energy points in the skin.

Bee therapy has been promoted by actress Gwyneth Paltrow and other holistic health individuals.

According to HuffPost, the woman was treated with live bee stings for two years without suffering any ill effects.

But during her last bee sting session, she suffered a severe allergic reaction, slipped into a coma and died from multi-organ failure.

A previous study by researchers found that “repeated exposure to the allergen was found to carry a greater risk of severe allergic reactions.”

The study that was published in PLoS One in 2015 found that "nearly 30 percent of patients experienced some kind of negative reaction to bee sting therapy".

“The risks of undergoing apitherapy may exceed the presumed benefits, leading us to conclude that this practice is both unsafe and unadvisable,” the study concluded.

The practice of acupuncture is filed under "quackery" by the medical profession in the U.S. But most patients say acupuncture helped to relive a variety of conditions, including psychological disorders, arthritis, diabetes, and even weight loss.

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  • Yardgirl

    But during her last bee sting session, she suffered a severe allergic reaction, slipped into a coma and died from multi-organ failure.
    I would not have had a first session!! RIP

  • Yoni7

    WHO THE FUKK is TRYING to get stung by a bee???? Shit is ridiculous!

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Bee Sting Therapy? Chile...

  • Victorious82

    Not sure why Chinese medicine is considered quackery. This bee sting mess is foolish but Chinese medicine is proven to help. Just not enough money to be made by actually healing patients I guess.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    EXACTLY!!! HEYELL NAWL! BEE STINGS hurt WAY WORSE then getting stuck by a needle.

  • SomeonesMrs

    Did y'all hear Craigslist got rid of personals?

  • Toni Toni Toni

    More like NIGHTMARE therapy. I;m petrified of bees and being stung. UGH

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  • Indies beauty

    Some people are going to be very sad. That was the plug lol Jk

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  • Chile_Pleeze

    Ohhh unmelaninated people.....smh

  • RespectSelf

    Smh..... My heart goes out to her love ones.

    It must have been working if she had been doing it for 2 whole years. I have to look up the benefits.
    * Relieves multiple sclerosis
    * Treats symptoms of Lyme Disease
    * Fights inflammation
    * Destroys HIV
    * Helps relieves Arthritis

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Just like any MEDICAL is always someone that will receive an adverse reaction to it. EEEEEVERY MEDICAL PILL THAT'S APPROVED BY OUR OWN GUBERMENT HAS 3987 SIDE EFFECTS!) The difference is if you giving 40 million people the guberment pill and 30 people them and say they knew the side effects upfront But when people try the natural courses and one passes..its quackery.. not saying this bee stang shyt is the truth but they will always downplay things they can't control or feel it takes money out of their pocket..

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  • ShelbyMoore

    Then she wonders why Martha Stewart drags her every change she gets. Bish can't even keep a damn man. Weird as$.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I've been stung by a bee before (on my calf) and it's not that bad. But then, I've got a ton of tattoos and I'm not allergic to bee stings so I guess that's why it wasn't so bad for me. Honestly, IMO being bitten by ants is far worse!

    R.I.P. to this poor lady who just wanted a non RX therapy.

  • Trace da Ace

    ummm...sooo who is responsible??

  • Kayke

    Accupuncture done correctly has benefited folks I know with healing their back pain. This bee sting thing is crazy. Why would they treat someone with venom outside of a blood disorder?

  • imright

    ppl do some dumb ish mayne ??????

  • Kayke

    Thank you! Accupuncture is legit. I know one person in particular whose was on to surgery as his next step for his back pain. Started getting accupuncture and found relief. Years later, still no surgery needed.

  • Dahl

    Quite literally the stupidest thing I’ve read all day...????

  • Quitedeliteful

    Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. I am a fan of acupuncture -- this bee stinging method -- not so much... What is the purpose of stinging yourself with live bees???

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  • Karen Brady

    Why? Too much killing?

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I've never been stung by a bee and I wouldn't volunteer to be stung either.

  • Anunnaki

    Love acupuncture

  • Quitedeliteful

    I read Gwyneth Paltrow's blog Goop. She tries a lot of beauty treatments and looks good for a 43 year old white woman. Black Folks, without all of this crazy stuff still look 100xs better than she ever will. Black Folks in their 40s still getting carded...

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  • Quitedeliteful

    Too much human trafficking...

  • SomeonesMrs

    Sex trafficking bill

  • SomeonesMrs

    It was my plug until a bad experience scared my fast @as straight

  • Quitedeliteful

    Very true... I will always try an alternative method before I take anything the doctor is offering. I do not want their candy colored pills...

  • Dowoop

    I have heard good things about acupuncture from other people but i wouldn't try it myself.

  • Indies beauty

    Lol... I guess it's for the better then.

  • Anunnaki

    I sure do. Well sometimes, but depends on my style, if a lil grey shine thru, lol


    I dislike Gwyneth Paldrow, Her website sells kids Bows for hundreds of dollars. She is so overrated and aggravating. Whoever do these things deserves the consequences.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Don't worry about a lil gray LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!! Still looking better than a 43 y.o. whyte woman...

  • Trace da Ace

    I used to get acupuncture for my migraines....I loved it....

  • YellowSauce

    I will try acupuncture but it won't be the bee version ... people are out here doing anything ... I can't imagine who would think its a good idea to voluntarily get stung but to each his own ... I guess lol

  • hottlanta

    Those so call all natural products kill people just like those gubment pill and they are just as expensive. I ain't never heard of no natural food health store giving away nothing free.

  • hottlanta

    Somebody ran all the way to the bank on that one. All she needed was some calamine lotion from Dollar Tree and she would have been good to go.

  • The Chosen One

    white people play with their lives too much and do the most stupid things.

  • zero options

    Uh, I have a fire-ant therapy clinic in my garage, if anyone is interested.
    Only 200$ a session, I take medicare, medicaid and small unmarked 50's and 20's, but benjamin is my favorite.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    The reason you assume medicine is cheap is because of your health care. If you are paying weekly or monthly healthcare cost plus dr visit plus the pills you are chewing I don't understand your calculations then because that is way more expensive than all natural. Have you even checked the average price of just someone with highblood pressure..let me let them tell you:

    For patients not covered by health insurance, hypertension treatment typically costs between $740 and $1,200 or more per year, with an annual average cost of $454 for doctor's visits, and $407 for prescription medication, according to a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality .

  • hottlanta

    I stand by what I said. I ain't never heard of nobody that was in a serious car accident where they could have died and lived because of a fig leaf. Everybody know that natural medicine ain't nothing but a scam. Yet they wanna keep the government out of the natural food business. Then when folks start getting sick and dying they run to the medical government officials for an investigation.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    A car accident triage is totally different from drugs in the system like the pill they give people to "Live" with a disease that can be cured with proper diet and excercise. I bet you don't do any research into the food you put in your mouth anyway. ..and correct me if Im wrong the side effects from eating healthy is weight loss controlled diabetes lower highblood pressure increased mobility and even the arthritis foundation recommend its weakest patients exercise and move. Now look at even a bottle of tyelnol.. there are side affects to even those. so you telling me to cure one thing you have get another and that healthy to you? Yeah okay.. I stand by what I said too. Do you even know that there are some cancers that are so slow in growth that you will die of natural causes before it kills you? But because of drs intervention by cutting into those cells and releasing it throughout your body they multiply in other regions and that is the reason alot of people actually die of cancer from the treatment? Nah you don't..but ok.