Bee sting acupuncture is getting some buzz this week.
According to Fox News, up to 27,000 people have undergone the painful form of acupuncture in just one specialist’s clinic in Beijing, China. Wang Menglin told reporters that he underwent two years of training in order to learn how to hold and manipulate the bee to sting at the right places to cure disease.
As all honeybees do when they sting, these bees die. However, it’s difficult to ask people to be real worried about a bee when they think the therapy can cure diseases ranging from arthritis to cancer.
But does it?
Fox said that there’s no proof the therapy works. Rather, older and low income people just believe that it does.
According to an AFP video report, bee sting acupuncture has actually been used in China for thousands of years. However, it was only accepted as a part of traditional Chinese medicine five years ago.
At least one of the patients that AFP talked to in China seemed to be something of a masochist. Maybe even a kook.
Before he found a trained bee acupuncturist, that patient experimented with homegrown bee sting therapy. He claimed he would try to get stung by up to 150 bees at a time. Mm-kay.
But I’ll be honest. There’s nothing new under the sun when it comes to traditional medicine. It seems to me that I’ve heard these claims about the magic of bee sting venom before — and not just from Chinese medicine.
Heck, there are several YouTubes floating around right now that show purportedly sane Americans getting themselves stung with bees to treat their ailments.
Check out the AFP video for a better look at patients and bee sting acupuncturists in mainland China:
And if you’re really fearless, here’s a National Geographic video on how bee sting therapy works in Taiwan:
I’m not sure I want to live forever all that bad. What’s your take on bee sting acupuncture?
[bee photo by Daniel Prudek via Shutterstock]