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Health & Fit Bee sting acupuncture kills woman from allergic reaction to venom

21:32  21 march  2018
21:32  21 march  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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A woman hoping to get the healing effects of “ bee acupuncture ” ended up dying from the treatment, SF Gate reported. According to a report published in the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology, the woman ’s breathing became labored and she lost consciousness right after

Doctors warn about bee sting acupuncture after woman dies from allergic reaction . For many, avoiding bee stings sounds like common sense. But others believe apitherapy — which uses honey, royal jelly or live bee venom for treatments — is safe because it falls under complementary therapies.

According to the American Apitherapy Society Inc., bee products © 2013 AFP According to the American Apitherapy Society Inc., bee products "promote healing by improving circulation, decreasing inflammation, and stimulating a healthy immune response." The organization claims the treatment is effective for pain, wounds, gout, burns, tendonitis, infections and multiple sclerosis. A 55-year-old woman in Spain died from an allergic reaction to bee venom while undergoing a pain management treatment called apitherapy.

A woman hoping to get the healing effects of "bee acupuncture" ended up dying from the treatment, SF Gate reported.

The 55-year-old Spaniard was getting "apitherapy," which the National Institute of Health describes as an alternative therapy used for pain relief. 

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Unfortunately, it turned out the woman was allergic to bee stings . In bee acupuncture , a professional squeezes a live honeybee onto someone’s face, prompting it to sting and inject its venom , after which it dies and the process is repeated.

Bee sting venom can cause allergic reactions including swelling, hives, anaphylaxis or even death. (CNN) Once a month for two years, a 55-year-old woman in Madrid had gone for acupuncture therapy using live bee stings . Apitherapy -- the medicinal use of bee hive products, including honey, pollen

The woman had been undergoing treatment for stress and muscle tightness once a month for two years, when she had a violent reaction during a session. 

According to a report published in the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology, the woman’s breathing became labored and she lost consciousness right after receiving a live bee sting.

The report pointed out the ambulance took a while to arrive, so “the patient waited 30 minutes before receiving intramuscular adrenaline.” 

The woman died of multiple organ failure weeks later.

According to the journal report, the patient suffered a "massive watershed stroke and permanent coma" due to persistent hypotension stemming from her severe anaphylactic episode.”

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A 55-year-old woman in Spain died from an allergic reaction to bee venom while undergoing a pain management treatment called apitherapy. "I do not recommend bee stings as anti-inflammatory agents to patients," Dr. Goldenberg said. "Many patients are severely allergic to bee stings and may

An " acupuncture " session using stings from living bees triggered a lethal allergic reaction in a 55-year-old woman at a clinic in Spain. Following a sting administered at a private clinic, the woman began to wheeze and then lost consciousness. She was transported to a local hospital, where she

The study noted that this is the first reported death from the bee venom therapy “due to complications of severe anaphylaxis in a confirmed sensitized patient who was previously tolerant.”

The doctors conclude that live bee sting treatments are "both unsafe and unadvisable."

According to the American Apitherapy Society Inc., the therapy is helpful in treating pain, wounds, gout, burns, tendonitis, infections and multiple sclerosis. 

The ancient therapy is practiced all over the world. Even celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow have reportedly touted the benefits of the allergen.

In a 2016 New York Times interview, Paltrow said, "It's a 1,000-year old treatment called apitherapy," she said. "People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It's actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it's painful."

The SF Gate report said that very few cases of allergic reactions to acupuncture have been reported, most stemming from regions where traditional medicine is widely practiced, such as China and Korea.

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