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Bee Sting Treatment? Too Painful To Imagine

Yikes! No way would I ever have thought anyone would let a bee sting them on purpose. For Liu a Chinese man suffering from diabetes, it was either bee stings or amputation.

Liu went to Xizhihe hospital in Beijing, where bees were placed on his foot and provoked to sting him, in an effort to rejuvenate the blackened, rotting flesh by flooding it with a rush of protein-rich blood.

Apparently in China, doctors believe this 3,000 year old practice of using bee venom can repair damaged cells, stave off bacteria, and ease inflammation.

Doctors at Xizhihe believe they can even cure liver ailments, diabetes, and cancers. But they admit that they don't really understand how it works.

And it only costs about $2.50 per sting, so bee sting treatment offers a cheap (yet painful) alternative to mainstream medicine.

But does it work? Well, after several bee stings and a course of orally-taken bee venom, Liu's foot is healing.

And since health care is so expensive in this area, customers are heading to small, private clinics like Xizhihe, where relief may be as cheap as a few bee stings.

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LaLaLola LaLaLola 10 years
Wow, it's so cute that they stick their tongues out, I'd swat one to death if it came near me on the street. Bee stings aren't that bad for me I'm not allergic and as long as someone's there to hold my hand (or put a pencil between my teeth) I'd be able to handle it.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:jawdrop: WHHHAT??
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Only the big Bumble Bees dies after they sting you. Honey bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets...they can sting and bite as many times as they want to. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I am terrified of bees. Just the thought of this scares me to death. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
My aunt used to receive bee sting treatment for severe arthritis that crippled her hands.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
reeveske, I'm surprised that people can see the bees' tongues! That must take one heck of a handler :o). I'm not doubting you at all, just amazed at the awesome things that bees can do! Another thing about bees, well, honey - if you eat honey made from the pollen of something that you are allergic to (me, mesquite), then it will help you to overcome your allergy. It's amazing. Anyway - what I originally set out to say was that I feel sorry for the bees and that they have to die, but am glad that there is a homeopathic answer to amputation for Liu!
reeveske reeveske 10 years
Did you guys hear about how they were going to start using bees to detect bombs at airports and such? Apparently they train them to smell the bomb and then give them sugar water afterwards. The bees eventually learn that if they smell bomb they receive sugar water treat so they then start to stick out their tongues whenever they smell the bomb, which is how we know the bees detected it. Crazy, huh?!?
Athena1 Athena1 10 years
In a lot of ways I'm not surprised because bees and honey are some of the most healthiest things in nature. They're quite smart creatures. The bees die when they sting though.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 10 years
i believe this. two of my dad's friends both had knee problems. one got surgery on it and the other took bees and had them sting them in certain areas around the knee. The guy with surgery still had pain in his knee, while my dad's other friend's knee is fine.
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