As I was getting my weekly acupuncture treatment today, my acupuncturist, Tuan, told me about how he suffers from chronic pain in his shoulder due to several injuries to it in his younger years. He said he had seen a few doctors, and three different doctors told him that he needed surgery on it to relieve the pain. Even though I've been seeing him for 5 years or so, I've never known that he suffers from chronic pain because he has always seemed in good health. Tuan told me that for many years now he has been doing bee therapy, also know as apitherapy, to help with the shoulder pain and that he only has to do it every six months or so to find relief.
Tuan told me that he just performed a treatment on my other acupuncturist, Thuc Dan, this past Saturday. He treated her with only five stings, since she is much more sensitive and reacts more than he does. Tuan says that since everyone's body reacts differently, people will have varying results and require treatments at different rates. After speaking with Thuc Dan, she told me that after the treatments she feels like she has the flu for a couple of days, with the day after the treatment being the worst. To feel a bit better, she took some anti-histamine, which helped to relieve some of the symptoms she was suffering from.
This isn't the first time Tuan has told me about bee therapy. He mentioned it a few years ago when he told me about a patient of his that suffered from multiple sclerosis. He had been treating her for years and she had found great relief with the treatments.
So, how crazy is this sounding to you? If you are a regular, “normal” person, you probably think it sounds nuts. And it sounds crazy to me too...but it also seems like something that I may be open to. Suffering on a daily basis sucks, plain and simple. If I could find something that would relieve my pain on a temporary basis...even if it sounds completely nutty...well, why not try it at least once?
Dear Readers...Have I lost it completely? Or do you think this may have some substance?