Bee venom therapy has been used in medicine from as early as 5,000 years ago, being used to alleviate the symptoms of and effective treat numerous diseases and injuries. It’s use goes so far back that cave paintings have been discovered depicting our ancestors using honeybees in their medicine, and has featured in ancient medicine from a host of ancient civilisations, including the Chinese, Greeks and Egyptians.
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The use of bee venom in cosmetics begun in Korea, being the product of over 12 years of research by a number of Korean doctors and skin care experts. Despite bee venom creams being widely available for a good number of years throughout Korea, bee venom cosmetics are relatively new to Europe and the West, growing in prominence in the last few years thanks to celebrity endorsements from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Kylie Minogue, Kate Middleton and Victoria Beckham, all of which have revealed that bee venom cream is a feature of their daily beauty regimes.
Bee Venom Extraction
Currently there are two distinct methods of extracting bee venom; mechanical and electrical.
Mechanical extraction has a number of drawbacks, the most significant being the harm it can do to bees, typically resulting in a high number of bees dying in the process due to the loss of their stinger.
The second method, electrical extraction, is far more effective both in terms of efficiency and in keeping bees alive after the completion of the process and is considered to be the more ethical.
This method, commonly referred to as “milking”, is the preferred method of most manufacturers around the world and has been the standard since it’s invention back in 1960 by a Bulgarian beekeeper by the name of Lazov.
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