A bee, radiculitis, sciatica

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Honey is a very valuable product, beneficially influencing the whole organism. It reduces the amount of cholesterol in blood, dilates coronary vessels, strengthens muscle and nervous systems, and stimulates the functioning of liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract. It improves immunobiological properties of organisms, is a good antidote in the case of poisoning by mushrooms or alcohol, and in small doses can have antiallergenic effect.

Antimicrobal and antiiflammatory honey effects are well known. It is used for cure wounds and other inflammatory processes, it destroys pathogenic organisms and promotes tissue regeneration.

To cure sore throat take a table spoonful of honey and hold it in your mouth as song as possible. Use creamed honey for these purposes. To cure diseases of large and small intestine, dissolve honey in water at room temperature and drink it. As an expectorating take honey in combination with warm milk or herb infusions. A daily dose of honey for adults is 100-150 grams, for children 30-50gr. at several times a day.

Honey is used for preparing medicinal baths. For instance honey baths are useful to patients suffering from neuroses and nervous exhaustion. Dissolve two tablespoonfuls of honey in 500ml of warm water and pour the solution into the bath. Add two capfuls of foamy shampoo. The procedure lasts 20-30 minutes, after it without drying yourself, go to bed and lie covered with a sheet 40-50 minutes.

Honey is also used for inhalation. For this purpose prepare a 10-40% solution of honey in distilled or mineral water at room temperature. Inhale the steam for 20 minutes.

Honey is helpful to people with stomach ulcer, colitis, hypertension, sciatica of the heart muscle, liver and kidney diseases, general exhaustion, impotence, influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia and other diseases. Honey therapy gives excellent results in curing lumbar- sacral region and sciatic nerve neuralgia.

The usage of bees' stings for curing lumbar pains has an age-old tradition. Bees stings effect depends on the dose, the place of application and organism peculiarities. The Ministry of Health instruction says: "To cure diseases of peripheral nervous system bees are applied in the direction of nerve lesion, and on the lumbar-sacral region in the case of lumbar radiculitis. The number of bees shouldn't exceed 8-12 during a procedure. After each stinging during the treatment the sting is taken away in a minute. The total number of stings mustn't exceed 200-250 during the course".

The complex treatment of lumbar- sacral region and sciatic nerve neuralgia includes stings, honey massage, acupressure along the meridians, using propolis ointments, royal jelly and pollen.

During the first treatment the sensitivity to bee venom is tested: apply a bee on the lumber region and the next day have your blood (albumen) and urine (leucocytes) tested. It the results are positive (there is albumen), bees are not recommended to be used as a treatment. It the results are negative, then the individual treatment scheme is worked out, which is corrected at every treatment session depending on the condition of the patient: the number of stings can increase, reduced or the treatment can be annulled.

In the case of lumber-sacral radiculitis bees are applied on the points located over meridians after having warmed the region by a light massage, acupressure, and honey massage. The course consists of 3-7 treatment sessions in a day, the total number of bees is 2-12.

In the case of sacral nerve neuralgia the treatment is the same as that used for the cure of lumber-sacral radiculitis. The only difference is that together with lumber-sacral region, the leg from the foot up to the buttock is massaged. Bees are applied on acupuncture points. The total number of bees for the course is 4-25. The course has 5-12 treatment session every other day. During the years 1996-1997 most of my patients did have any cases of relapses.

A. GRIBKOV
Apitherapist, Moscow

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