Anecdotal evidence? Let's hear some.
I talked my bro-in-law into buying bees with me a few years ago. As we talked about bees while driving out to where we kept the bees, I mentioned that beekeepers don't get arthritis, or at least not often. He got all excited and wanted to try it on his tennis elbow. So for about 6 weeks I caught 2 bees and stung him right on his elbow every Saturday. His pain went away and hasn't returned. We also tried it on his knees with complete satisfaction.
As for me, I don't go looking for stings, but I when i feel like I need some I just "forget" to be slow and careful when working my bees and get all I need. I was having pain in my hands and a couple of knuckles were beginning to make noise when I moved. That has completely gone away since I took up beekeeping.
So, let's hear it from all you other beekeepers.
I have Multiple Sclerosis
I was taking pain killers and Flexerall (muscle relaxers) several times a week for years. Started Apitherapy about 8 months ago and have not taking either one since. I have very little pain nowdays and when I start having some I have my wife give me 15 to 20 stings up and down my spine and I am pain free about 30 minutes later.
No way you're stinging me there!
I know that if I get at least two stings anywhere on my body, my hips don't hurt for about two weeks.
I was injured pretty bad when I was in the US Army, that's why my hips hurt. I would like to try to administer the stings in better places than on my fingers and forearms though.
CMACC (Charles Mraz Apitherapy Conference-Course)
The American Apitherapy Society's conference and classes were held in April in Raleigh, NC. Did any one attend? Can we get a report on this from someone?