A group of Brazilian researchers have suggested that the venom transferred during bee stings could prove to be one of the best ways to treat arthritis.
According to the researchers from University of Sao Paulo, the bee sting venom contains chemical molecules that helps increase the level of anti-inflammatory hormones in the body known as glucocorticoids. The researchers added that the venom was not only capable of treating arthritis, but also could be used as a preventive measure against the painful joint condition.
"Bee venom has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis for centuries. However, the placebo effect has been described in studies investigating bee venom anti-inflammatory properties in arthritic patients. Our data shows that bee venom prevents the development of induced arthritis in rabbits through the action of glucocorticoids", lead researcher Dr Suzana Beatriz Veríssimo de Mello said.