|Apitherapy is, simply said, the use of bee products to prevent, heal or recover a living being (man, animal or even plants) from one or more diseases/conditions.
Another possible definition is:
"Apitherapy is the Art and Science of treatment and holistic healing through the honeybee and her products for the benefit of mankind and all the animal kingdom."
Tina Drakes, AIC student
The etymology of this word is self-explanatory:
"Api" comes from the bee's Latin name: Apis mellifica and "therapy" comes from the Greek word "therapeuein" which means a method to treat the human beings or animals against different diseases.
To prevent a disease means that:
You can destroy the potential "enemies" before they will even try to enter in our body; to stimulate the bodyï¿½s own "powers" to destroy these "enemies" once they are inside, BEFORE any clinical signs (fever, inflammation, pains, etc.) will appear.
To recover a person after a certain disease/condition means to bring back, in a normal health state, that person.
In other words, it means to make the body, mind and spirit to function at least as good as before the disease appeared.
"Recovery" is a word often used after surgery, different traumas or infectious diseases, including a banal flu.
To heal means to eliminate completely a certain disease or sign/symptom.
To "treat" means just to try to heal somebody. You may have success or not, the result depends of extremely numerous factors.
So, "mot-a-mot", like the French are saying ("word by word"), apitherapy means the intention to heal somebody by using the bees and their products.
However, we understand today apitherapy in a much larger sense.
Apitherapy is not just a simple, therapeutically method, it is already a different type of medicine.
We can even call it "APIMEDICINE". Why?
Apitherapy is already a SCIENCE; it has a strong scientific base, even if there are still a lot of "mysteries" out there.
It is a Science also because you need to know exactly what you are doing when you treat a patient; you need a perfect "diagnostic", you need to know exactly what are the best methods to administer the "drugs", and you need also to know very well the DOSAGE.
It is a science because apitherapy offers in extremely numerous cases, REPRODUCIBLE results; in other words, for example, propolis will always destroy Helicobacter pylori if given in the right amount, and bee venom will increase the cortisol secretion after a bee sting.
Apitherapy is an ART, because it has to do with everything our Mother Nature's Spirit gave us: love, friendship, hope, understanding, but also despair, hate, vanity and so on.
It is an ART, because in order to apply it properly, you need to be a real "artist"; you need to have always in your soul the Nature's beauties and to share with your "brothers and sisters" this real treasure
it is also an ART because healing somebody is the MOST BEAUTIFUL thing which can happen in someones life.
Apitherapy is also a holistic medicine. "Holistic" means to use the "whole" or to treat the "whole".
Apitherapy is holistic because:
it is strongly related, in a harmonious way, with so many natural processes
it uses knowledge from other holistic natural therapies like phytotherapy (use of herbs), aromatherapy (use of essential oils), dietotherapy (use of nutrients), acupuncture, acupressure, ayurveda.
It affects deeply the human's and animal's nervous system and blood flow, so, only through these two systems, it affects the whole body,
it affects our emotional life,
it affects our spiritual life;
to heal somebody, not only with a jar of honey, but also through real love, friendship and understanding is already a "spiritual" thing.
So, each time when we'll say in the future "apitherapy" or we will just read the word "apitherapy", let's try to feel inside our mind, soul and spirit: KNOWLEDGE and LOVE, that means the most important things in our life, isn't it, my friends?
So, question number one for my students:
"What is apitherapy?"
If you have time, please send us your opinion. Together we may find an even better answer than the one I gave above.
Dr Stefan Stangaciu
President of Apitherapy Consulting & Trading International (Romania)
President of the German Apitherapy Society
|1. Edith Bruchez, La Ruche- Docteur l´Abeille en Valais Suisse.
Vice Presidente de l´Association Suisse d´Apitherapie.
l´Apitherapie est la therapie avec et par les abeilles. Tous les produits de l´abeilles sont excellent pour la sante.
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|2. LA TIA TRINI, established in 1978 and based in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, serves you with the most natural bee producs for therapeutic, nutritional and cosmetic use.
|3. Dr Stefan Stangaciu: President of Apitherapy Consulting & Trading International (Romania); President of the German Apitherapy Society:
Apitherapy is a powerful healing method that can prevent and cure human and animal diseases by using bee products in their various forms (raw, extracted, mixtures, etc.).
Practical Courses are organized regularly by the German Apitherapy Society, the American Apitherapy Society, Romanian Apitherapy Society, and other Societies and Associations listed in "Our Library" Contact us if you want to organize a Practical Intensive Apitherapy and/or Apipuncture Course in your area/state. Based in Bucharest
|4. Dr Stefan Stangaciu: President of Apitherapy Consulting & Trading International (Romania); President of the German Apitherapy Society:
More information (including on-line Courses and private counselling) on this method can be obtained from our website.
If you need any further information, please feel free to contact us anytime. Based in Weilheim-Marnbach
|5. First South African apitherapy website promoting the use of bee products for healing and nutrition concentrating mainly on African and South African related apitherapy solutions. Based in Beaconsfield, Kimberley
|6. The American Apitherapy Society, Inc. is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to disseminating information about and to promoting the use of honeybee products for the maintenance of health and well-being, and for the treatment of pain, alleviation of suffering and disability.
|7. Pedro Pérez Gómez: During years I have observed the relationship between the bee stings and the acupuncture points that match with the "problem" or energy imbalance of the moment.
The bees know where they have to sting, because where an energy imbalance emerge there is an "aggression" they perceive. Based in Madrid
|8. Prof. Roberto D. Pecora: I am founder and director of the Argentine Apitherapy Association and I am working and teaching in connection with naturopathy, herbal therapy and neural therapy. See website for details. Based in Quilmes Oeste, Buenos Aires Province.
|9. Sophie Bouchara and Dennis Woodford are totally dedicated to the promotion of Bee products therapy in Australia. We also run the Australian Apitherapy association. We are based in Sunshine coast situated South east coast of Queensland.
|10. Dr. Cristina Pavel - allopathic doctor from Romania who also practices complementary medicine (bee products - including Bee Venom Therapy, herbalism, ayurveda) to cure and prevent different types of diseases. Best results are obtained when the treatment starts from the early stages of the disease. Based in Bucharest
|11. Apitoxin¢ç is a new biological drug, collected and purified venom of the Italian honey bee (Apis Mellifera). It is the purist form of honeybee venom in the world. The toxicity, safety, sterility, antigenecity, and efficacy is scientifically proven, and is approved as a new biological drug by Korean FDA in May, 2003
|12. An informative resource site that explains the healing properties of Manuka Honey and why manufactures of health products are using it as an ingredient.
|13. Natural health care products containing Active Manuka Honey as a healing agent.
|14. Apifarma is the first company in the Mercosur which works mainly in the industrialization of bee venom products. At present it is already proving its effectiveness in pathologies like multiple sclerosis and it has demonstrated its activity in rheumatic diseases. Surfing on this web site you´ll find more information on the properties of the apitoxina, our obtaining methods and important aspects related to this product.
|15. Without the proper foods, fluids and lifestyle, our blood and tissues can become too acidic and we become sick. Detoxification, Alkalizing food could help pH level of fluids of our body. Apitherapy, Colonic, Live and Dry blood cell analysis, Far-infrared sauna, Skin care, Massages and Cooking class.
|16. Welcome to Happy Therapie! The use of products from the beehive for medicinal and nutritional purposes, known as Apitherapy.
|17. Brazilian Green Propolis products by NATUREZONE.
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