Eros, stung by a bee,
ran away and cried for plea:
Venus, mother, I must cry,
please help me or I‘ll die
What a terrible disgrace,
a dragon bit me on my face
Anacreon, Greece, 500 BC
like the love arrows of Eros, the bee sting and its venom is both painful and healing!!
Indeed, besides the painful toxic effects, bee venom has many beneficial biological ones.
The most important ones are: anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, pain-soothing;
anti-bacterial; immuno-suppressive;radiation-protective; improves hemoglobin synthesis, anti-coagulant;accelerates heart beat, increase blood circulation, lowers blood pressure;lowers cholesterol levels;activates the central nervous system;stimulates building of endogenous cortisone.
In medicine most outstanding is bee venom's use in treating rheumatic arthritis;
bv or its components have promising properties against autoimmune diseases like MS, Parkinson and Alzheimers.
You can download for free the Bee Venom Book,if you are member of the Bee Hexagon Knowledge Network (free membership offered).
The book will be updated, look at the publication date.