Bible of Bee Venom Therapy first five pages

By Bodog F. Beck, MD
Arthritic and Rheumatoid Conditions:
Their Relationship to Bee Venom
And now for the bee venom therapy!
My highly respected and esteemed
reader, I fully comprehend your
thoughts. You expect me to say that all the enumerat
ed difficulties which a well-educated and intelligent
physician cannot overcome without the assistance of
a whole army of specialists, our poor, insignificant
little friend, the bee, will do all by herself! Far from it
sorry to disappoint you, but I can tell you right
now that she will do surprisingly more for you than you expect.
What is to be taken away, you must do yourse
lf. Search for and remove all exogenous (
action or object
coming from outside a system
) and endogenous (
arising from within
) contributory causes and she will do the rest.
Rather odd, isn’t it?
I have too much regard and consideration for you to an
ticipate that you will just
take my word and will
use this little-known, unaccepted, and almost unheard-
of remedial agent without obtaining a proper
explanation. It would be rather an
effrontery or insult on my part, which is the least of my intentions. I am
firmly convinced that you would never expose
your patients to such
risk and danger.
Before I give an explanation of what contributes to
the production of these unique curative effects of bee
venom, for your satisfaction I just mention the f
act that the remedy has been used by hundreds of
physicians all over Europe, in well-known clinics and hos
pitals of highest repute,
in thousands of cases,
not a single instance has been reported where it has
done any harm or produced injurious effects
The administration of this remedial agent must co
mmence with a minimum amount and the divided doses
must be increased gradually, both with respect to th
e number of injections and the concentration of the
The curative value of bee venom is
due mainly to its hemorrhagic and
to the former.
hemorrhagic effect
of bee venom is not only
a powerful action on the blood
itself, stimulating the
circulation, but also on the blood vessels
. This is the best explanation an
d interpretation of its efficiency.
Bee venom accelerates and intensifies the ci
rculation, and dilates the capillary vessels
. It has a distinct
endotheliolytic action, to
such an extent that
it opens the capillary walls,
enabling the bl
ood cells to
transmigrate into the tissues
. This will result in an increased me
tabolism and, on account of the greater
supply of oxygen, in an adequate
oxidation, additional heat supply, im
proved elimination of accumulated
waste, and destruction of bacter
ial growth-in other words, bee ve
nom will produce exactly the effects
which are required to correct the existing harmful pa
thological conditions and to
restore the disturbed
normal physiological state.
Necropsies of animals, afte
r severe bee venom intoxications, show
abundant blood effusions in all cavities
of the organisms and hemorrhages of the mucous a
nd serous surfaces, hepatic and peritoneal bleeding.
Very often a leakage of blood can be
found outside of the capillaries whic
h form hemorrhagic areas in the

tissues. The strong effect of the venom on menstruati
on, which we will describe later, is due to this
The physiological effects of bee venom can be best co
mpared with those of histamine, which produces a
noticeable dilatation and relaxation of
the arterioles and capillaries,
increased circulatory speed of the
blood stream, lowering the arterial
and increasing the venous pressure
. After a hypodermic injection of
histamine, even to the naked eye th
e dilated capillaries on the face and
finger nails are plainly visible. In
the whole body, it produces a sensation which is comp
arable to the “hot” clim
acteric flushes. Ruhmann
thought that urticaria of the skin is
due to the effect of histamine.
Pogany proved that histamine, administered
intravenously in experimental animals:
Dilated the arterioles and capillaries, and increas
ed the capillary pressure, which influenced the
venous pressure.
Caused contraction of the veins.
By contracting the veins of the lungs, pr
oduced stagnation in the right heart.
Pogany found, also, that the syndrome was similar to
that of Basedow’s disease, and both conditions
exhibited great sensitivity to adrenalin.
Deutsch, likewise, found that histamin
e has a distinct vasodilator effect
on the small vessels, at the same
time provoking a reflex central irritation. He thought that
, so far, histamine excels all known remedies in
the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. Injected in
to the painful muscles, it has remarkable alleviating
power, which is not due to any direct
anesthetic effect, but can be attr
ibuted only to vasodilator action. In
exposure to cold, especially
in inactive states
, there will be a lack of hi
stamine in the cells of the
organism, which, when replaced, will relieve spasm a
nd pain. The usual empiric, symptomatic treatments
of arthritis and rheumatism with phys
iotherapeutical measures (massage,
spas, local irritants), mechanical,
thermic, electric, and actinic treatments, have onl
y one purpose-to increase
circulatory speed, produce
hyperemia and histamine. The circulatory speed of the rh
eumatic and arthritic is, as
a rule, diminished and
histamine produces a derivative action.
Harmer and Harris used 1:1000 histamine-acid-phosphate
in nor- mal saline solution, in their injections
for clinical experiments. The most
striking effect was the dilatation
of the minute blood vessels of the
skin, associated with an increased rate of blood
flow. Reddening of the ski
n, and the raising of its
temperature were the manifested phenomena; the incr
ease of the limb volume was ascribed to the same
cause. Subcutaneous veins assumed an increased tone
. Blood pressure, both syst
olic and diastolic, fell
slightly. Transudation of fluid from blood vessels into
tissue space definitely increased, attributed to the
intensified permeability of the vessel walls. Pulse rate
was augmented by about twenty beats a minute.
The respiration rate was usually not
affected. Injected intravenously, the
effects were com- plete in about
three to four minutes. These effects
occurred even in doses 500 times sm
aller than those used in animal
If we carefully observe the physiological effects of
histamine, we cannot fa
il to notice their great
similarity, almost identity, to t
hose produced by bee venom, which w
ould explain the ac
tion, utility, and
efficacy of the venom in the management and treat
ment of arthritic and rheumatoid conditions.

The neurotoxic effects
are like those of many other venoms
of the same type. Arndt-Schulz’s great
homeopathic theories were that I, di
seased organs are more sensitive to
drugs than health
y ones; and that,
2, small doses of poison are stimulants while large dos
es paralyze. Both points
are not only plausible but
very true and are especially applicable to our subject.
We often find that toxic substances
, if given in carefully graduate
d doses, produce a sedative effect upon
the nerve centers and act as a physi
cal and mental tonic. Many poisonous
drugs have bene
ficial effects.
The same can be said of bee venom.
The hemorrhagin, an important component of bee venom, will dilate
the capillaries and make them permeabl
e to blood. The neurotoxic action
is similar, since by paralysis it
releases the capillary constriction of the ne
rve endings of the sympathetic nervous system
. It produces an
intrarachidian anesthesia, paralyzing the peripheral te
rminals of the sensory nerves. In addition, it has a
powerful tonic effect.
Whether there is a specific action as
in the case of foreign protein th
erapy, as some authors believe, is
the main consideration is efficiency. Pemb
erton remarked that th
e nervous system is
importantly concerned in arthritis. Sharp anxiety a
nd emotional strain often
produce surprising, tem-
porary benefits. We cannot exclude the conjecture th
at the psychic influence, which is supposed to
accompany the nonspecific protein injections, may also
constitute a part of the reactive mechanism when
the injections with bee venom are given.
(C. Flandin, of France, and his associates recently
achieved remarkable results in the treatment of
arthritics with Chinese acupunctu
re. This age-old procedure was employed in China and Japan for
thousands of years and consisted of driving gold or s
ilver needles into the tissu
es with a mallet or by
twisting. If the involvements were mo
re extensive, they used many need
les, leaving them in place for
hours, even days. This method was revived many times dur
ing past centuries; Dr. Louis Berlioz, father of
the musical composer, was one of those who used
it with great success, not only in arthritic and
rheumatoid conditions, but for many nervous afflictions
, like hiccups, asthma, hemiplegia, contractures,
The French author’s success was so striking that they we
re convinced it could not be attributed solely to
local counterirritation but to some reflex action of
the sympathetic nervous system,. They applied only
superficial punctures of rather short duration, stressi
ng the importance of precise
topography, which is yet
The parenteral application of fo
reign substances has a specific omnicellular effect, possibly on the
endocrines or on other glands, bone
marrow, spleen, etc., and, also, on
the pyrogenic center, promoting
oxidation. Their ability to arouse universal protoplas
m activity accounts for the invigorating and tonic
effects which they produce and, also,
for their indirect influence on cert
ain local pathologi
cal disturbances
which, perchance, may exist.
Keiter, for many years collaborator
of Terc, who administered bee
venom in thousands of cases,
frequently stated that when anemic
people were treated with it he of
ten noticed remarkable improvement
in their condition. It apparently had th
e same effect as intravenous injec
tions of iron and arsenic. Keiter,
also, noticed that if the treatments were given to
women, even between menstr
ual periods, they showed
temporary menorrhea. In preg- nancy, this sometimes le
d to abortion. It is possibl
e, as already mentioned,

that some fatal cases of bee stings
reported in older persons, after only
one sting, were
due to cerebral
Whether there is any special selectiv
e affinity of bee venom to the suga
r content of the bl
ood and joints is
yet to be proved. So far, to my knowledge, nobody has
considered the question bu
t I strongly suspect that
bee venom may have some physico-chemical effect on
the glucose of the organi
sm, possibly even as a
catalyzer. I wish I coul
d experimentally support this statement but
to my regret I cannot
, and, therefore, I
have to leave this, another fertile fi
eld, for the physicist and biochemist.
R. T. Woodyatt said: “In th
e body, a special glucolytic
enzyme (alkali carrier or
destroys the
glucose selectively. All sugar must become glucose be
fore it is destroyed. Alkali administration may also
increase glucose utilization. It might
be conceived that the cells contain
molecules of a glycolytic catalyst
or enzyme. As fast as glucose molecules enter the
cell, they come into co
llision with the catalyst
molecules, perhaps combining with them, and as a resu
lt of the encounter the glucose molecules would be
dissociated into unsaturated fragments or ions. Fr
om the moment of union or
dissociation they would
cease to behave as glucose molecules.” (A fermentative
splitting is required before sugar can be oxidized,
which Woodyatt appropriately
called “dissociation.”)
According to Cohnheim’s theory the
muscles form a glycolytic enzyme
for which the pancreas supplies an
essential activator. Allen suggested
that the pancreas s
upplies an amboceptor, wh
ich is necessary for a
proper colloidal sugar combination. La
ndsteiner thought that chemical ch
anges alone may be sufficient to
account for specificity, but another que
stion is still open, whether physi
cal properties play any part in
determining specificity, like electri
c charges, ionization of an am
photeric electrolyte. Professor
Rosenbach, of Berlin, suggested that the biologist shou
ld not be satisfied to de
scribe just the stabile
symptoms. A functional diagnosis is
important. Kinetic factors, dynami
c conditions, the consideration of
harmonious synergy are essential. Ma
y we apply this to the effect
of bee venom? As Hopkins stated,
dynamics of living matter must always re
main beyond the reach of chemical studies
since at the
moment when chemical methods are applie
d the materials ceas
ed to be alive.
Does the effect represent the transmitted, concentrat
ed, dynamic energy of the sun? Meyerhof thought the
difficult question of what purposes the chemical exch
ange of energy serves ca
nnot yet be completely
answered. The study of some measured exchanges of
energy has led to the fundamental problem of cell
energetics, namely, the storage of the sun’s energy in
green plants. The greatest part of radiant energy can
be changed into chemical work under proper cond
itions. Possibly, some time, we shall succeed in
explaining the utilization of
oxidation energy in the chem
ical metabolism of cells.
The new cosmogonic theory of nuclear
physics is building an intellectua
l “bridge,” linking the material
and nonmaterial… and “something” with no dimensions
may assume a three-dimensional existence… and
electro-magnetism can be converted
into matter in the form of pair
s of electrons and positrons… Why
could not the action, also, be reversed
and matter be converted into radi
ation? According to Einstein, the
modern interpreter of the
major mysteries of physics,
are the same and theoretically
one can be converted into the other.
No doubt, we have made tremendous progress and a
dvancement in the knowledge of the physical and
chemical nature of matter, but we are yet in utter da
rkness with respect to some
occult power and its laws,
which harmoniously control, regulate and coordina
te the vital functions.
All phenomena cannot be

explained by physics and chemistry. There are some other
basic, yet-to-be-discover
ed, extra, or better call
them, supreme vital forces to be considered. We are more than physico-chemical automata. The study and
interpretation of vital forces still remain “open”
so far defying all known analytical methods.
Recent biological studies link plants and animals more
closely. Porphyrin, the base of red blood-cells, is
also the base of chlorophyl, the gr
een coloring matter of plants. Chlorophyl is derived from the energy of
the sun. The only difference in these two substances is
that porphyrin of the blood is combined with iron,
while the porphyrin of green
plants contains magnesium.
C. B. Coulter, of Columbia University, extracted
cytochrome, a pink pigment f
ound in all living creatures
which use oxygen. This fact establishes a powerful rela
tionship between the chloro
phyl-green plants and
red-blooded animal life.
We know the marvelous effect of bee venom on honey.
Honey will keep for centu
ries without fermenting
and fouling, due not only to its high sugar concentr
ation, but also to the action of the venom which it
contains only in a very minute quantity. Possibly, beek
eepers who are saturated with bee venom have no
lowered sugar tolerance, no delayed sugar elimination,
but sufficient potential cap
acity to utilize sugar.
This may be one of the reasons why they do not suffer from rheumatic ailments.
Bees feed only on the purest pollen
of flowers. They convert or distil from this substance, in their
mysterious alchemic laboratory, the venom. And what is
pollen? The endocrines of
the plants and trees.
Terc, more practical and rational th
an scientific, used bee venom for
over 40 years, succe
ssfully treating
thousands of cases, but never approached the subject
for a theoretical explanati
on. He was interested only
in therapy and clinical results, remi
nding me of an excellent
cook who uses the fire
for his art but is not
interested in its chemistry.
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