The 45-year-old Sami Chugg, 45, was diagnosed with MS 12 years ago and says she was numb and unable to move until she tried an alternative treatment known as Bee Venom Therapy or Apitherapy.
The treatment involves holding a live bee in a pair of tweezers and deliberately stinging an area around the spine.
AdvertisementPromoters of the method believe the venom in the sting helps ease the pain of MS symptoms and also stimulates the body to fight back.
Miss Chugg says she was stung around 1,500 times in a year and a half and feels much healthier.
She said: "Most people would be terrified by the prospect of being stung by a bee. But when you have a condition like MS, that involves the numbing of the total body, any kind of sensation is welcome - even if it's from a bee sting. Then you gradually de-sensitize your body to the sting by injecting it in and out of your skin a few times, very cautiously, in case your body is prone to anaphylactic shock - which can be fatal."
She added: "Sadly bees are killed by stinging, so use it only as a last resort," and now campaigns for the 'Safe Land for Bees' project.
Researchers claim that certain compounds in bee venom reduce inflammation and pain and a combination of all its ingredients helps the body to release natural healing compounds and has been used to treat other wasting diseases and arthritis.
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