I'd be happy sell folks all the bee air they want.
The blog linked in post #1 belongs to Beesource member Che Guebuddha.
USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft
Yes, really. I am not sure about the picture shown above. It is obviously faked. (?) But hive air therapy became widely known in European apitherapy a couple of years ago. It helps people with lung problems. It helps breathing and slows infections of the lungs and so on.
A device was developed, with a bee proof mesh/cloth in a lid, a small ventilator and a mask connected to it like shown above. I see if I can find pictures.
Here is a short video that was shown in the German TV.
This is the website of the "inventor"...(at least he was the first to develop a device. Hive air as a treatment is described in old literature.)
Is that oxalic acid vapor?
Sorry Bernhard it is just a couple of pics I slung together for a joke.
"Every viewpoint, is a view from a point." - Solomon Parker
I am not knocking this at all.
I just have never seen this type of therapy.
I love the smell of the hive during certain nectar flows.
It makes me happy when I catch a whiff of curing honey.
Combined with sunshine, I can easily see how it could help with depression.
1) This is likely an allergist's nightmare. One good asthma attack from this and you're in for some trouble.
2) Anything that comes with a "not intended to treat or diagnose any ailment or condition" style disclaimer might as well say "I'm scamming you, and you're gullible enough to fall for it!".
3) You know what they call alternative medicine that has been proven to actually work? Medicine.
4) Things like this prevent gullible people from getting actual medical attention for their conditions, and considering the guy is listing it as being effective against things like lung infections and bronchitis means people could very well die from relying on this.
So yeah, I'm going to knock this. I'll put this in the same category as Scientology. Was going to say crystal power and vibrational energy nonsense, but this could cause actual pain, suffering, or even death, so yeah, thats Scientology level bad, IMO.
>You know what they call alternative medicine that has been proven to actually work?
There is no money in proving something that is free works... so it never gets researched.
Of course there are a many quacks and charlatans, but you can find those everywhere. I heared even among beekeepers. Selling snake oil and so.
I am a member of the German Apitherapy group and experiences reported concerning inhaling hive air are quite promising. As long it does help and it doesn't harm - which has to be make sure beforehand, of course! - it'll do.
If you watch the site: http://apitherapy.blogspot.de you will find many interesting articles and in fact quite some scientific research on apitherapy and it's products. It is not all snake oil and bee products have a great potential to help relieving people's trouble.
But of course a word of caution is right. It is medicine and it stay medicine in the hands of experienced doctors.
So has there been double blind studies carried out with due scientific rigor that show this to be effective above and beyond the placebo effect?
Because unless you can show legitimate evidence of effectiveness (beyond anecdotal evidence, because I can show you Amazon 5 star reviews for holographic stickers and volcanic lava rock pendants that swear it prevents migraines from EMF exposure), then all I see is snake oil.
>Funny, every time I see someone going on about the power of crystals, they're usually trying to sell said crystals to me, not give them away. I doubt anyone that would be doing this bee huffing "treatment" is going to be offering it for free either.
I seem to find myself around such people quite often and none of them ever tried to sell me anything... they are usually trying to give me stuff for free...
You better try one of those inhaling devices:
Yes, one can become crazy about bees...
I'll bet it packs a powerful buzz!