Brydie. There is much anecdotal stuff on bee venom therapy. I have only delved slightly into it. Evidently, though, if you have an acute problem, the regimen is a 6-week stint of bee stings. This reportedly is a great reliever of arthritis type stuff.
I began to give my sister a sting on her knee and elbow every day late last summer. We thought that we would try this out. We ran out of bee stinging time, as the fall days were upon us, so we did not even get a chance to run the entire 6 weeks. I can't honestly say that the couple of weeks that we performed the therapy that it helped. I do know that she got to the point where she would run away screaming when she saw me coming with bee inbetween my fingers (LOL). Especially if she knew that the bee was of the darker colour. The venom from the Carniolan seemed to be much more intense than the lighter coloured Italians. Well, in her mind anyways.
My hives had started out as all dark bees. But by the end of summer, I know that at least one of the colonies had now become a lighter coloured bee. Supercedure I am sure.
I know for a fact that I have been stung many times and I have had relief from certain pains in my hand or knees. Temporary, but no doubt from the bee stings. I can't wait until the bees get drinking water from the water ditch that I have made for them. That is where I catch them and they are very vulnerable as they nochalently drink from the side of the ditch, where the fresh water dribbles down and creates a bank of luscious clear water. It seems rather brutal, and not a very nice thing to do when they are not looking, but oh, well, such is life. Enjoy the day. Cindi