Monday, June 21, 2010

Bee Venom Therapy

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bee Venom Therapy

Last June, I had surgery on my back.  I had blown a couple of discs and the pressure on my sciatic nerve made it impossible to function normally.  The pain was so sever that I spent the month waiting for surgery on my back on the couch taking huge doses of high potency pain medication.   The recovery from surgery was much more difficult than I anticipated, but a huge concern  of mine was becoming addicted to pain killers.  Looking for an alternative to Oxycodone, my daughter and I stumbled upon something called Bee Venom Therapy.

Eldest daughter keeps bees (4 hives) in the back yard.  The anecdotal information we read suggested that Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) was particularly good for dealing with sciatic nerve problems, along with a host of other ailments, so we thought we would give it a try.  First, I took a dose of Ibuprofen and followed that up by icing my back where the incision for surgery was made.  Eldest daughter captured a couple of honey bees and put them in a jar in the freezer for about 10 minutes (until they get slow).  Than she took one at a time (with tweezers) out of the jar, put one on either side of my incision, squeezed gently until they stung.  She left the stingers in for about 15 minutes (or until they quit pulsing - which is how they inject the venom) and then removed them with the tweezers.  That's it!  Very simple.

All in all, I didn't think the stings were any worse (in fact not as bad) as a shot.  The sting sites do itch a little, but not terrible.  And, for me, it worked!!!  I didn't have to use any pain killers and my recovery was wonderful.

Last night, horror of horrors, my sciatic nerve started bothering me.  As I lay praying about it this morning, I thought - BVT!  So first thing, Eldest Daughter brought in a couple of "girls" and stung my back.  I'll let you know how it goes, but right at the moment - NO PAIN!  I LOVE all of God's providence.  He provides so many ways to deal with what ails us - right in our back yard.  Glory and Praises to God!!!

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