Unfortunately, no. The processes which lead to allergies are still somewhat mysterious. The relatively low dose of allergen in a bee sting likely plays a role, but outside of that we don't really know why most people remain tolerant for life, but some convert from tolerant to highly allergic. Part of the issue may be that most of us are not actually immunologically tolerant to bee stings, and rather, have weak responses that can grow worse with additional exposures (if we were truly tolerant there would be no swelling or inching following a sting; the pain is a mixture of an allergic response and the intended effect of the toxins).SuiGeneris,
I have always heard that a person doesn't have an adverse reaction the first or maybe the 100th time they are stung, bitten or whatever, but that they become sensitized at some point making the next incident dangerous. Is there any way to know when one has become sensitized before having a reaction?
Don't know.(e.g. its a good way to sucker $$$ out of people, but is clinically ineffective).
One study does not make science, and unfortunately, Chinese science is currently in a crisis of fraud, so it is difficult to know what science to trust coming out of that country. There is also a major issue with poor study design that pervades research in the complementary med world, so when studies are reviewed for inclusion in meta-analyses, very few meet the minimum requirements in terms of study design and rigour to be included. Even so, people have managed to pull off a few meta-analyses of bee acupuncture, and the results are generally negative or not very dramatic. As one example, this meta analysis found a beneficial effect of bee venom on post-stroke shoulder pain...but the effect was very poor compared to exercise & stretches - i.e. the conventional treatment for post-stroke pain.Don't know.
On one hand Western World tends to claim to know it all.
On the other hand the Eastern World maybe quietly smiling.
I am reluctant to unquestionably subscribe to Western superiority on all subjects.
Combined application of bee-venom therapy and medication is superior to simple use of medication in relieving RA, and when bee-sting therapy used, the commonly-taken doses of western medicines may be reduced, and the relapse rate gets lower.