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An apitherapist appointment

A patient looks on as her therapist works to secure a honey bee during an apitherapy treatment. Apitherapy the use of substances produced by honeybees (such as venom, propolis, or honey) to treat various medical conditions in humans. Specifically in Bee Venom Therapy (BVT), a patient is injected with apitoxin (bee venom) using live bee stings or lab-extracted solutions that are delivered by syringe. All methods of venom extraction are lethal to the bee, which is literally eviscerated in the process.

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Date Taken: 12.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Copyright: © Jake Eshelman