Ancient healers have been aware of the health-promoting effects of bee venom for millennia. Its beneficial properties were cherished in Ancient Egypt and Greece, all the way to faraway China. The first accounts of bee venom therapy date back several thousand years ago and are recorded in religious texts such as the Bible, the Veda and the Quran. Today, the power of bee venom is universally acknowledged. The knowledge surrounding bee venom has been passed down from generation to generation and has survived until today. However, the treatment method itself has fallen by the wayside over the last century because of the belief that modern medicine can cure every ailment with modern preparations, and ancient knowledge has no place in it. As it turns out, there are more and more illnesses that modern medicine cannot handle, even though they have been treated with a great degree of success in the past with various natural remedies, bee stings being a popular and rather successful method.
Traditionally, bee venom therapy was performed with live bees stimulated to sting onto the affected area or acupuncture points. Depending on the ailment, the healer applied the venom in the form of a cream, ointment or injection. However, it is generally accepted that bee venom is the most potent if applied straight from a live bee, ideally from late spring to early autumn. In this period, bees are fed with the best pollen which promotes the production of potent venom.
Even before the First World War, Filip Terč, MD, used bee stings to great success in treating rheumatoid issues and other pain conditions, pioneering modern apitherapy. The International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations, i.e. Apimondia, declared his birthday, 30th March, as World Apitherapy Day.