London: It may appear a bit strange tomany, but a new study has claimed that venom from bee stingscould actually help to treat arthritis and even prevent thepainful joint condition from developing in the first place. Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazilhave carried out the study and found bee venom can controlthe harmful inflammation in joints that leads to rheumatoidarthritis.
The new research is the first time a scientificexplanation has been shown for the effect. However, Professor Alan Silman, medical director ofArthritis Research UK, warned that it may be some time beforeany clinical applications could be found. He said: "Failure to have an adequate steroidresponse might allow rheumatoid arthritis to take hold, so thebee venom is a way of stimulating the body`s natural steroidsto respond to the auto-immune processes that causes rheumatoidarthritis. "However, knowing anecdotally that when some peoplewith inflammatory arthritis are stung by bees their pain goesaway for a short while is one thing; actually turning theseearly laboratory findings into a practical clinicalapplication is quite another." PTI
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