By Dr Ananya Mandal
A recent development can raise the hopes of many sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – a dreaded, debilitating, fatal nerve disorder. Charity worker Sami Chugg, 45, claims to have overcome her condition after being stung by bees. Nearly 85,000 Britons have MS, a condition in which immune cells attack the protective myelin sheath that normally surrounds the nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord. Initially, the body can repair the damage, but over time the nerves become scarred and stop transmitting signals. Slowly the persons develops complete paralysis.
She was diagnosed with MS 12 years back and slowly had become totally paralyzed. She was undergoing the revolutionary Bee Venom Therapy or Apitherapy. After bring stung by more than 1,500 bees over 18 months she has shown positive results.
The treatment involves taking bee held within a pair of tweezers close to the patient’s skin especially over the back and spine and getting it to sting. According to scientists the sting causes the body to release some inflammation causing chemicals that may have a role in healing this nerve disorder. While Ms Chugg was bed ridden with the disease, this therapy has made her get back to her feet. She says, "This has changed my life." She said: 'Most people would be terrified by the prospect of being stung by a bee...But when you have a condition like MS, that involves the numbing of the body, any kind of sensation is welcome - even if it's from a bee sting.”