I got stung by a jellyfish I wonder if there are reasons to get stung by these guys as well as bees. Whats in honey bee venom that makes it good for some medical things?
Here are some articles I found when I was researching apitherapy for myself. I guess you would have to see what is in the jellyfish venom to see if it would have any "good" properties."Bee venom contains more than 40 pharmacologically active substances, many of which have yet to be studied. For centuries bee stings have been used to cure diseases such as Arthritis, Rheumatism, Gout, and many other painful joint conditions. Venom contains the protein 'Melittin' which stimulates Cortisol production from our adrenal glands. Cortisol is a natural anti-inflammatory and does not have the dangerous side effects of artificial steroids.Venom also contains 'Peptide 401' which is believed to be 100 times more powerful than cortico-steroids."
This article came from http://www.beelief.com/content.asp?sectionID=35
"Bee venom is a unique multi-component complex, which contains about 30 biologically active compounds, some of which are practically impossible to get synthesized by chemical methods.
The main anti-inflammatory pharmacological components are peptides: melittin, apamin, peptide 401, adolapin, and protease inhibitors.
1) Melittin has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Destabilizes all the membrane structures at the level of the phospholipids. Stimulates ACTH-secretion in the pituitary gland and produces cortisone. It is 100 times more potent than hydrocortisone (Couch, 1972; Knepel et al., 1987; Vick et al., 1972, 1975). Melittin also stabilizes the lysosome cell membrane to protect against inflammation (Shkenderov et al., 1986).
2) Apamin works like melittin to produce cortisone (Vick and Shipman, 1972), and inhibits the complement system, C3, which is involved in inflammation (Gencheva et al., 1986). Apamin stimulates central and peripheral effects on the nervous system. Stimulates secretion of serotonin and dopamine; has anti-arrhythmic effect.
3) Peptide 401, or MDC peptide, blocks the arachidonic acid and inhibits prostaglandin synthesis (Hanson et al., 1974; Neubould, 1963; Surfer et al., 1973).
4) Adolapin inhibits the microsomal cyclooxygenase. It is 70 times stronger than Indomethacin in animal models (Shkenderov et al., 1986). It also inhibits platelet lipoxygenase, which involves hydroperoxyeicotetranonic acid (HPETE) and leukotriens (Koburova et al., 1985), as well as inhibiting thromboxane (TXA2) and prostacycline (PGI2), which are activated during inflammation (Shkenderov et al, 1986).
5) Protease inhibitors inhibit carrageenin, prostaglandin E1, bradykinin, and histamine induced inflammations; they also inhibit chymotrypsin and leucine-aminopeptidase (Shkenderov, 1986).
6) Schmidt-Lange (1941), Ortel (1955), and Fennell et al. (1968) reported that bee venom has a strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effect as well as a radioprotection effect (Ginsberg et al., 1968; Kanno et al., 1970; Shipman et al, 1967, 1968)."
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