Bee venom and its major component melittin may provide effective treatment for atopic dermatitis (eczema), reports a new study. The findings of the study are published in the British Journal of Pharmacology.
Through studies conducted in mice and in human cells, investigators found that bee venom and melittin suppress inflammation through various mechanisms on immune cells and inflammatory molecules.
‘Melittin, a major component in bee venom may offer effective treatment for atopic dermatitis (eczema).’
"This study demonstrated that bee venom and melittin have immunomodulatory activity, and such activity was associated with the regulation of T helper cell differentiation, thereby ameliorating the inflammatory skin diseases caused by atopic dermatitis," the authors wrote.