Treatments And Programs
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement (BHRT)
Bio-identical hormone replacement or natural hormones offer a safe and effective alternative to conventional synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) using premarin and provera as well as offer numerous health benefits.
Bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT) or natural hormones offer numerous health benefits:
- Eliminate night sweats and hot flashes
- Improve energy levels
- Improve mood
- Improve memory and concentration
- Improve sex drive
- Prevent vaginal thinning & dryness
- Improve fat loss and muscle tone
- Decrease skin winkles
- Protect bones from osteoporosis
- Reduce risks of heart disease
Dr. Trenciansky and Dr. Hallee teach their patients that bio-identical hormones have an identical molecular structure to the hormones naturally produced in the body and function in the same way as our own hormones. Bio-identical progesterone and estrogen are processed from two natural sources (soy and wild yam) and are made into either a cream or as an oral supplement.
Efficacy Of Bioidentical Hormones
The changes to a woman’s body in menopause can be thought of in two ways: that which the patient notices and that which the doctor can observe. The first are the symptoms that she feels in her own body. From the clinical experience of Dr. Trenciansky and Dr. Hallee, the most debilitating of these symptoms is hot flashes and night sweats. These can ruin a woman’s sleep and produce irritability. There have been multiple studies which have demonstrated the effectiveness of bioidenticalestrogens in the treatment of hot flashes, insomnia and other such symptoms3b, 3c. In our clinic we have seen significant improvement in our patients using bioidentical hormones for hot flashes and insomnia. The clinical experiencerequired for healthydosing of bioidentical hormones comes from years of experience and clinical expertise. It is a skill that women should consider when seeking professional guidance with their hormonal balance. A doctor without sufficient experience may cause unwanted side effects and increase risks for other health problems.
The other major symptom of menopause is a decrease in sex drive. This is a topic that requires clinical experience and careful case management to achieve successful results. In one study where 200 women were treated and surveyed, bio-identical hormones produced a statistical improvement compared to that of the conventional HRT3.
From the doctors’ perspective at Meditrine Clinic, bone density is the only major effect that a physician can objectively measure in their menopausal patients. Although some studies may not confirm that BHRT has profound effects on bone density3b,3c, there is evidence that would suggest it does have a positive effect. By monitoring bone density, one study not only showed bio-identical estrogen to be effective, but also that it worked regardless of the dose being normal (1mg of micronized 17 beta estradiol) or at low dosage4. In the Meditrine Clinic patients that have been treated with BHRT, clinical findings haveconfirmed improvements in their wellbeing and have not had any additional loss in bone density.
Conventional HRT hormones (Premarin and Provera) used in the Women’s Health Initiative produced surprisingly negative results affecting multiple systems of the body. Studies were then preformed using BHRT to assess and compare the same side effects as conventional HRT. These studies on BHRT reported no breast tenderness, cancer or negative changes to both uterine or breast tissue4.
Comparing cardiovascular side effects of HRT and BHRT have also been examined. One study found that natural progesterone lowered blood pressure in women and men, but this drop only became significant at higher doses (300mg two times per day)5. Natural progesterone seems to have other cardiovascular benefits that synthetic progesterone does not. Among these benefits is the overall effect of lowering cholesterol, while raising “good” (HDL) cholesterol6, and benefiting the heart during exercise by increasing the time span of physical activity before the heart becomes oxygen deprived7.
Research on the neurological benefits of natural progesterone has shown both cognitive improvement and self-repair. Conversely, synthetic progesterone appears to increase the risk of developing dementia8.
Although there is a lack of extensive studies performed on BHRT, from the research that does exist there are no reports of concern around safety. Clinical experience of Dr. Trenciansky and Dr. Hallee has shown that properly dispensing BHRT based on the individual needs of each patient and balancing hormones with other areas of health are vitally important to getting good results. The key clinical point is that a safe and effective dose may vary greatly from person to person.
3 Iftikhar, S., Shuster, LT., Johnson, RE., Jenkins, SM., &Wahner-Roedler, DL. (2011). Use of bioidentical compounded hormones for menopausal concerns: cross-sectional survey in academic menopause center. Journal of Women’s Health.20(4), 559-565.
3b Yand, TS.,Tsan, SH., Chang, SP. & NG, HT. (1995). Efficacy and safety of estriol replacement therapy for climacteric women. Zhonghua Yi XueZaZhi. 55(5), 386-391.
3c Cirigliano, M. (2007).Bioidentical Hormone Replacement: A review of the evidence. Journal of Women’s Health.16(5), 600-631.
4 Prestwood KM., Kenny, AM.,Kleppinger, A. &Kulldorff M. (2003). Ultralow-dose micronized 17beta-estradiol and bone density and bone metabolism in older women: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 290 (8), 1042-1048.
5 Rylance, PB.,Brincat, M., Lafferty, K., De Trafford, JC., Brincat, S., Prasons, V. &Studd, JWW. (1985). Natural progesterone and Antihypertiensive Action. British Medical Journal.290(6461), 13-14.
6Ottosson, UB. (1984). Oral progesterone and estrogen/progestogen therapy.Effects of natural and synthetic hormones on subfractions of HDL cholesterol and liver proteins. ActaObstetGynecolScand Suppl. 127,1-37.
7 Giuseppe, M., Rosano, C., Webb, C., Chierchia, S., Morgani, GL., Gabraele, M., Sarrel, P., de Ziegler, D. & Collins, P. (2000). Natural progesterone, but not medroxyprogesterone acetate, enhances the beneficial effect of estrogen on exercise-induced myocardial ischemia in postmenopausal women. JACC. 36 (7), 2154-2159.
8 Moskowitz, D. (2006). A Comprehensive Review of Safety and Efficacy of Bioidentical Hormones for the Management of Menopause and Related Health Risks. Alt Med Review.1(3), 208-223.
Acupuncture For Infertility
For the 4.5 million couples experiencing infertility each year, acupuncture may be just what the doctor ordered.
Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system. Among many other benefits, acupuncture can provide better blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, creating a stronger chance for an egg to be nourished and carried to term.
Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body. Over 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body connect with 14 major pathways, called meridians. These meridians conduct Qi, or energy, between the surface of the body and internal organs. It is Qi that regulates the body’s balance. When the flow of Qi is disrupted through poor health habits or other circumstances, health problems result. Acupuncture helps to keep the normal flow of this energy unblocked, thereby increasing a couple’s chances of conceiving.
Pap And Physical Exam
The pap test is a screening test used to find abnormal cells in the cervix that might develop into cancer over time. Screening helps to find these abnormal cells early when they can be easily removed.
The doctor uses the physical exam during this visit to ensure wellness and good health. It’s considered a preventive step and a way to catch a more serious condition before it begins to cause problems. Vitals like breast exam, blood pressure, heart rate, and other markers are monitored.
Ozone can be applied in certain medical conditions such as wounds, colitis, cancer, stroke and AIDS.
Ozone can be applied in certain medical conditions such as wounds, colitis, cancer, stroke and AIDS. Ozone therapyis an important tool in medicine. It has two powerful properties-
1) it stimulates the immune system and
2) it improves oxygenation and metabolism.
The same ozone in the high altitude atmospheric layer that is responsible for shielding planet Earth from ultra-violet radiation can be produced with a special medical device. It is then administered as an ozone/oxygen (O3/O2) gas mixture at a specific dosage and concentration range which is determined for each patient by the doctor. Medical ozone is a pharmaceutical agent that causes specific changes in cells with a well-defined range of efficacy.
The modern development of ozone application in medicine began in the 1950s in Europe and gradually spread throughout Europe to Australia, Israel, Cuba, Brazil and Columbia. As far back as World War 1, ozone was used medically to treat wounds and other infections. Over 5000 physicians world-wide routinely use ozone in their medical practice.
Properties of Medical Ozone– At higher concentrations, ozone exhibits a strong germicidal effect by oxidative destruction. When used at the proper lower concentration, ozone is a safe “oxidizing” stimulus to cell membranes. Ozone behaves as an ion, not a free radical under normal physiologial blood pH and therefore no free radical chain reaction occurs causing oxidative damage. Ozone can increase oxygen transport, enhance cell membrane antioxidants and stimulate the immune system. At lower concentrations, ozone has two main properties:
1) Ozone increases oxygen carrying ability of red blood cells, it stimulates the induction of specific enzymes on the surface of red blood cells.
2) Ozone activates white blood cells by causing the production of cytokines.
Route Of Administration- There are several ways to administer ozone, depending upon the condition being treated. Autohemotherapy involves the treatment outside of the body of blood in a sterile vacuum bottle with ozone and prompt reinfusion into the donor. Colorectal insufflation of ozone/oxygen, much like an enema, has been used to treat colitis, fistula, immune problems and colon cancer. Topical ozone is excellent for the treatment of infected wounds, ulcers and burns, especially those that are difficult to heal
Therapeutic Indications Of Ozone
1) Vascular disease: obstructive arteriopathy, venous insufficiency.
2) Immune therapy: treatment of bacterial and fungal infections.
3) Skin and mucus membrane diseases: ulcers, infected wounds, gangrenes, burns, and inflammatory bowel diseases respond to ozone therapy.
Homeopathic Therapy treats the whole person rather than treating the disease alone. For this reason, people with the same disease may often be treated with different medicines.
Homeopathy is a crucial tool in many health care success stories. It is a natural system of medicine which gives relief from suffering for millions of people in nearly every country in the world. The word HOMEOPATHY is derived from the Greek word HOMOIOS, meaning like or similar. Homeopathic medicines treat the whole person rather than treating the disease alone. For this reason, people with the similar diseases may be treated with different medicines.
How does homeopathy work?
Homeopathic medicines stimulate and encourage the body’s natural healing capability. Medicines are selected after a careful history taking and prescribed by matching the effect of a specific medicinal substance to the symptoms presented by a patient. The homeopathic principle of treating like with like is based on treating an illness with a substance that produces symptoms in a healthy person similar to those experienced by the patient. For example, Ipecacuanha (from the root of the plant) if taken by a healthy person will cause vomiting, but if taken in tiny homeopathic doses can cure vomiting.
Is homeopathic medicine safe?
Homeopathic medicines are completely safe with no side effects and they are non-addictive. They are safe for babies, children and the elderly people.
What are homeopathic medicines made from?
There are more than 2,000 homeopathic medicines. They are usually prepared in the form of granules, tablets or liquids by modern laboratories in scientific conditions to the highest quality standards. They are prepared from pure, natural animal, vegetable or mineral substances that are listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States.
How do I take homeopathic medicines?
The granules should be allowed to dissolve in the mouth or under the tongue, preferably taken apart from food or drink. The frequency of the dose and the potency of the medicine may vary according to the type of condition, as recommended by your doctor. The potency of the medicine is denoted by a number which follows its name. For example, Arnica 6x or Cantharis 30x. Dosing should be stopped when the condition is cleared. Proper diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep will, of course, enhance the treatment. Avoid handling the granules to prevent contamination. Tip them into the cap of the container or use a clean spoon. Keep the medicines in a cook, dark place away from strong smelling substances and they will remain effective for several years.
Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy
Intravenous Vitamin C is used in a wide number of conditions, especially cancer and viral infections like mononucleosis and hepatitis C. Typically 10-50 grams of vitamin C is given over a 30 to 60 minute period. There are almost no side effects of this safe and effective therapy.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for the functioning of many systems in the body. When given as an intravenous therapy, it is critical for healing certain diseases in the immune system, endocrine system and detoxification system. As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, it can remove toxic metals from the body including lead, mercury and aluminum.
Vitamin C by intravenous therapy was originally pioneered by Dr. Fredrick Klenner in the 1950’s. He showed that vitamin C in intravenous doses could prevent the fatal effects of many serious diseases such as viral meningitis, insect stings and polio. Since the work of Dr. Klenner, many other physicians have reproduced this work with similar findings. The doctors at Meditrine Clinic generally use 25 gms of vitamin C in 500 ml of sterile water. Higher doses are given, but careful examination of the patient precedes the higher dose therapy.
Indications For Intravenous Vitamin C
- Heavy metal detox
- Viral or bacterial infection
- Post surgical wound healing
Intravenous Vitamin C And Heavy Metal Detoxification
Lead – Vitamin C has been shown to be as effective as EDTA in chelating lead from the body.
Mercury – Megadoses of vitamin C is effective in mercurial poisoning. One scientist noted that if guinea pigs were given a preventative dose of vitamin C, instead of 100% dying from mercuric chloride poisoning, 40% survived. When you translate the body weight of a guinea pig to a human, the doses required to provide protection are about 35 gms/day. Up until the late 1960’s, vitamin C was the treatment of choice in fatal poisonings by mercury.
Intravenous Vitamin C and Cancer
Vitamin C is preferentially toxic to tumor cells. Given in high enough research has shown it to be toxic to tumor cells. Ascorbic acid has the potential to selectively kill tumor cells in a manner similar to other tumor cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agents. Some research studies treating cancer with vitamin C have not used high enough doses to maintain tumor cytotoxicity.
Neural therapy is used because it has a dramatic effect on the neuromuscular system. It is especially useful for problems originating around old scar sites.
Neural therapy is a therapy for balancing the nervous system.
Indications for Neural Therapy
- Chronic pain
• Chronic tissue disorders
• Abnormal gait or musculoskeletal function
Method of Neural Therapy
The doctor injects a small quantity of a low concentration of a local anaesthetic (procaine or lidocaine) to several areas of the body.
Typical choices for therapy location are:
- points along the spine on the back
• points around joints, into tendons, muscles and joints
• into tonsils, adenoids and areas around the gums
• old scars
• sinus areas
• old fractures
• areas of chronic infection
• Prostate and uterus
• into sympathetic ganglia of the neck, abdomen and lower spine.
Mechanism of Neural Therapy Action
- Connective tissue fascial continuity: cells of scar tissue have been shown to hold a charge of 1.5 mv instead of the normal 80 mv in the body. By injecting a scar you re-polarize a membrane or tissue through resetting the sodium/potassium membrane pumps and help it to align with the surrounding tissue charges.
- Regulated glycomatrix in extra cellular fluid: complicated chemical and physical properties of extra cellular tissue such as electric conductivity, ionic properties, osmotic concentrations and glycoprotein and proteoglycan architecture are all involved in the delicate matrix of the extra cellular fluid. Sudden changes in this crystal like matrix shift dramatic properties in this structure. Electrical autonomic conductivity, lymphatic diameter, hormone and neuropeptide delivery into extra cellular fluid are just a few of the consequences. Sudden phase changes in neural therapy are probably due to the crystalline properties of these structures.
- Lymphatic dilation: lymphatic circulation is a critical point in the regulatory mechanism of the immune system. Since anesthetics have been observed to dilate lymphatic channels, its use can be helpful in the treatment of chronically obstructed circulation in inflammatory disorders. For example, injecting procaine into tonsil tissue can relieve chronic migraines.
- Repolarization of tissue: chronic pain creates an electrical disturbance in tissues where the cell membranes are stuck in a chronic state of depolarization.
Complications of Neural Therapy
Some patients are allergic to procaine and need to only have lidocaine. Bruising and hematomas over the site of injection causing discoloration may happen for up to one week. Pain during subcutaneous injection.
Benefits of Neural Therapy
Neural therapy is famous for therapeutic responses called “Huneke’s Sudden Phenomena”. This “lightning reaction”, is named after two German doctors who first observed the dramatic reversal of chronic complaints after injection with local anaesthetics. When following the injection at a trouble field, pain or symptoms vanish within seconds and lasts at least 24 hours. To obtain this reaction, the physician who uses neural therapy searches for a specific spot, that could be very separate from the site of the main complaint, where this injection might stimulate a “sudden phenomena.
Chelation is a “natural” process of removing dangerous metals from the body using an intravenous drip of a substance to clean away these toxins. It is used for mercury toxicity, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, atherosclerosis and cancer.
Contamination of water, air, and food by numerous chemicals and non-essential elements, such as heavy metals, is an unfortunate product of an industrialized society. As a result , accumulation of heavy metals in the human body creates a significant health risk, leading to a wide array of problems including anemia, learning deficits, reduced intelligence, behavioral and cognitive changes, tremor, gingivitis, hypertension, irritability, cancer, depression, memory loss, fatigue, headache, hyperuricemia, gout, chronic renal failure, male infertility, osteodystrophies, and possibly multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Toxic metals, such as lead, mercury and cadmium, are very dangerous to delicate tissues in the body. They inhibit critical energy producing enzyme function and increase free radical production.
Minerals comprise 4 percent of total body weight. Without them the body’s immune and energy production systems can’t work properly, and our ability to heal is impaired. Heavy metals commonly disturb mineral balance and thereby disrupt our health. Unfortunately, these micro and macronutrients are displaced by heavy metals, which mimic them. The body is tricked into using these dangerous toxins because it can’t tell the difference between them and the real thing. For example, lead imitates calcium and the body stores it in the bones. This contributes to a weakening of bone structure. One study has shown that children whose mothers were exposed to lead while pregnant typically end up with weaker tooth structure and more dental cavities. Heavy metals also compete with certain minerals and upset many enzyme reactions inside the cells.
Chelation – Getting Rid Of Metal Toxins
The word chelation comes from the verb “chelate”, a word derived from the Greek noun chele, which means the claw of a crab. Chelation is a “natural” process of attaching substances, usually amino acids, to metallic elements. Chelation is nature’s marriage ceremony: it weds two substances , a mineral and an organic molecule, into a compatible working partnership. Our bodies use chelation inside of the cells of our body and through out creation. For example, chlorophyll, the plant-greening pigment, is a chelate of magnesium. Hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying pigment of red blood cells, is a chelate of iron. The chelation process is involved in the formation and function of many enzymes inside the cells of our body.
Our body already uses chelation to remove dangerous heavy metals from the blood through the liver and kidneys. Before considering a protocol for removing heavy metals, begin by evaluating the burden of heavy metals on your body. Many primary care doctors don’t include testing for the presence of heavy metals in their preliminary work-up.
Most people have no idea that they have been exposed to these toxins. Mercury, aluminum, lead, and cadmium are the most commonly detected toxic metals. Toxic metals, such as lead and cadmium, inhibit vital enzyme function and also increase free-radical production. Exposure to these metals can cause high blood pressure, artery disease, kidney disease, and neurological problems.
Human lead toxicity continues to be a significant problem, especially in urban areas, where lead-based paint exposure is still an issue, and in areas where lead is mined and/or smelted. Mercury toxicity from occupational, environmental, dental amalgam, and contaminated food exposure, is a significant threat to public health. Other heavy metals like cadmium and arsenic, can also be found in the human body due to cigarette smoke, and occupational and environmental exposure. Diagnostic testing for the presence of heavy metals, and subsequently decreasing the body’s burden of these substances, is an integral part of the overall treatment program for individuals wishing to have optimum health.
There are three main strategies which are used for chelation, each one has a different application and a proper treatment program should be chosen after careful lab evaluation by a physician. The most common and recognized form of chelation therapy is an intravenous treatment with EDTA.
Clinical experience has shown that EDTA improves metabolic and circulatory function by removing toxic metals (such as lead and cadmium) and abnormally located nutritional metallic ions (such as copper and iron) from the body. This is accomplished by administering a synthetic amino acid, EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid) , by an intravenous infusion using a tiny 25-gauge needle.
EDTA pulls abnormal metals out of the body, thus reducing the production of free radicals and preventing the conditions under which scum builds up on blood vessel walls. It is an amino acid molecule with unique and valuable therapeutic properties, one of which is its powerful attraction for loosely bound metals, especially those that speed free radical damage. EDTA binds tightly to many minerals and therefore you must take an extra supplement of minerals to replace the removal of necessary minerals. When essential minerals are where they are supposed to be, they are so tightly bound to the sites of normal activity that they are not easily removed. The metallic ions most apt to be removed by EDTA chelation are those that are loose and free-floating. Because this does not hold true all of the time, naturopathic physicians are careful to provide nutritional supplements to replace essential metals.
Chelation therapy has been proven to increase blood flow throughout the body. It has been reported to improve liver function, improve blood cholesterol ratios, lower blood fats, reduce blood pressure, reduce leg cramps, improve vision, relieve angina pains, relieve symptoms of senility, heal ulcers caused by poor circulation, forestall heart attacks and strokes, and improve memory.
It takes only very slight vascular changes to significantly alter blood flow. Of the thousands of arteries in the body, most are so slender that they have passage space no wider around than a human hair. Most capillaries are so narrow that single blood cells must fold themselves in half to squeeze through. Such tiny pathways block easily —and small changes may unblock them. When blood moves through narrow vessel walls that are blocked, a mere 19 percent increase in the diameter of a vessel will double the flow rate. The blood vessels inside patients with cardiovascular disease are not thin and smooth: they are usually filled with plaque and create turbulent flow. Poiseuille’s Law of Hemodynamics says that in the presence of turbulence, it takes less than a ten percent increase in diameter for a doubling of blood flow. EDTA opens up these plaques and provides rapid relief from atherosclerosis in many patients
Biochemists have long been acknowledging that sulfur containing compounds have the ability to chelate metals. The sulfur containing amino acids found in our body including methionine, cysteine, N-acetylcysteine, S-adenosylmethionine, alpha-lipoic acid, and the tri-peptide glutathione (GSH) all help in the chelation and excretion of metals from the human body. By helping our “inner” chelation system by adding more sulfur amino acids, we can give extra help in releasing these toxic metals form our body.
DMSA (meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid), is a water-soluble, sulfhydryl-containing compound which when given in pill form, is an effective chelator of heavy metals, especially mercury and lead. Initial studies over forty years ago identified DMSA as an effective antidote to heavy metal poisoning. DMSA was subsequently studied for twenty years in the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and Russia before scientists in Europe and the United States “discovered” the substance and its potential usefulness in the mid-1970s.
While on DMSA, additional nutrient therapy is recommended and this includes hydrolyzed whey protein, as it contains cysteine and cysteine residues which can be of benefit while using DMSA. Cysteine is the rate-limiting step in glutathione production, necessary for fecal heavy metal excretion and hepatoprotection. Whey also contains branched-chain amino acids, which will occupy transport sites at the blood-brain barrier, effectively keeping bound metals from being re-deposited in the brain.
DMPS (sodium-(2,3)-dimercaptopropane-(1)-sulfonate) is usually given for diagnostic purposes (urine challenges) and acute mercury toxicity (inorganic, metallic, organic). When it is given orally or intravenously, DMPS is effective at removing mercury from the kidneys whereas DMSA seems to be more effective in removing mercury from the brain and liver. DMPS is an excellent diagnostic tool to evaluate the effectiveness of a mercury detoxification program.
Acupuncture And Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture And Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are therapies with a long tradition of clinical effectiveness. Doctors at Meditrine Clinic use herbs, exercises, massage, moxibustion therapy, acupuncture needles and diet to balance the health of a patient.
Bee Venom Therapy
Bee Venom has been used for thousands of years to treat arthritis and other conditions.
Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) has been used for thousands of years to treat arthritis. The ancient Egyptians used to sting patients directly to the site of arthritic swelling and pain. The Egyptians also used a mixture of crushed bees rubbed onto the scalp to cure baldness. Greeks, Romans and European physicians also knew of the healing power of bee venom.
Mechanisms Of Action
Although there is not a single mechanism which explains the wide range of treatment application of BVT, several mechanisms have been proposed. Three components of bee venom, melittin, MCD-peptide and apamin seem to describe the effectiveness of it for the treatment of disease.
- Apamin has a high affinity for the central nervous system and is probably responsible for the beneficial results in treating MS patients.
- Melittin interferes with the cellular membrane enzyme phospholipase A2 and is probably responsible for the beneficial result in treating arthritic patients.
- MCD-peptide is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. The immune system is a complicated web of communication between the “brain and bone marrow”.
Bee venom stimulates key centers in the immune system by stimulating a non specific response. It appears to stimulate cortisone secretion, enhances antibody production, and affects cytokine production. It is also a powerful inhibitor of prostaglandin formation and a membrane antioxidant.
Bee Venom Therapy Indications
• Arthritis: osteoarthritis, DJD, rheumatoid arthritis.
• Neuromusculoskeletal pain: fibromyalgia, whiplash, chronic pain syndromes, painful scars.
• Autoimmune diseases : SLE, RA, MS, Scleroderma
• Iritis and other eye disorders
• Painful scars
Conditions Treated Treated With Bee Venom
- Muscular Rheumatism
- Neuritis, neuralgia
- Migraine headache
- Acute rheumatic fever
- Acute and chronic arthritis
- Surgical inflammation of soft and bony tissues
- Spinal disc injuries
- Multiple sclerosis
- Post herpetic neuralgia
- Non healing fractures and wounds
Known allergy to bee venom, kidney disease, advanced cardiovascular disease, tuberculosis.
N.B. Many people say that they are allergic to bee venom when in fact they are allergic to hornet venom. There is very little cross reactivity between bee venom and other insect venoms.
Painful areas are palpated for specific localised tender points and 0.05ml of bee venom and 0.05ml of lidocaine (to reduce the pain of the injection) is injected interdermally to imitate a bee sting. In case of an anaphalactic allergic reaction, use of epinephrine is used or if the reaction is uncomfortable and not life threatening, an injection of Benadryl will be used.Itching and swelling are common.
Length of treatment
Generally, one treatment per week for 4-6 weeks is sufficient for a therapeutic trial but for severe degenerative conditions longer treatment periods (with breaks) may be helpful.
There is usually a slight stinging sensation with the injection. There is occasionally an aching sensation in the area of the sting. This may be immediate or delayed. It is common for there to be some degree of immediate pain relief, mild euphoria, local itching and a feeling of warmth.
These symptoms vary from person to person and over the course of treatment. In the event of itching we recommend brushing the skin with a soft brush. The application of a cold compress has proven to be effective in reducing itching and swelling.
In addition to local itching, some patients will experience a flu-like feeling for a few hours or days. There is likely to be a systemic immune response. It frequently signals a beneficial improvement and has been much valued by BVT practitioners.
Interference with Treatment
Alcohol ingestion should be avoided by the patient during the course of treatment as it tends to inactivate the bee venom. Reactions to BVT while intoxicated have been reported.
Patients who are using immunosuppressive drugs (methotrexate, immuran, prednisone) and NSAIDS during the treatment sessions tend to not get optimum results.
We have the authority to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs as needed for your health condition.