New Zealand company Nelson Honey & Marketing are seeking EU approval to market honeybee venom to help arthritis sufferers ease their pain.
The company state that two teaspoons a day of its honey will soothe joints due to anti-inflammatory properties within the honeybee venom. This isn’t a new concept as some clinics have used bee stings for many years.
Dried venom is collected from Apis mellifera honeybees using electrical milking machines that send impulses to stimulate worker bees to sting onto a glass collector plate. This is then blended with honey derived from the native New Zealand Manuka tree
The UK’s Food Standards Agency are considering the application, although the Manuka honey with added bee venom has been available in New Zealand for 13 years. The company state that although it does contain venom, it is perfectly harmless, however it warns that people with allergies to honey or bee venom should seek medical advice prior to use, and that it should not be given to infants under 12 months of age.