Apitherapy encompasses preventive and curative methods of treating humans and animals with the help of the active ingredients of bee products and bees, based on traditional knowledge, experience of individuals and clinical research. It is important for apitherapy that bee products are of good quality and obtained in accordance with good beekeeping practice. Bee products such as honey, pollen, propolis, beeswax, royal jelly, bee venom and Apilarnil (juice from 8 days old drone larvae) are used to prevent and treat various diseases. The most widespread and versatile is the internal and external use of honey, propolis is one of the excellent agents with antibiotic active ingredients, and bee venom is used especially for the treatment of rheumatic diseases. Newer forms of treatment include apitherapy-adapted apiaries, where users can sit comfortably, observe and listen to bees, relax in an anti-stress chamber, or they inhale air from beehives (aerosols). This type of therapy has a beneficial effect on the psychophysical well-being of the user, and especially on the respiratory system. Some apitherapists also perform detoxification of the body with honey massage and painkillers heat therapy with beeswax.
Translated and edited from the description of the intangible cultural heritage unit in Slovenia (https://www.gov.si/assets/ministrstva/MK/DEDISCINA/NESNOVNA/RNSD_SI/Rzd-02_00079.pdf):
Nina Ilič, Institute for the Development of Empathy and Creativity ENEJA
vice president of the conference