A Spanish woman died after undergoing an acupuncture treatment that uses live bee stings instead of needles.
The 55-year-old had undergone apitherapy which is an alternative style of medicine involving honeybees and/or the substances they produce. It is given once a month for two years to treat stress and muscle tightness. Immediately after receiving a live bee sting in one session, the woman’s breathing became labored and she suddenly lost consciousness.
It took 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive when emergency medical personnel administered a double dose of adrenalin and antihistamines. The patient’s heart rate stabilized en route to the hospital. Several weeks later, the woman died of multiple organ failure. According to a journal report, the patient suffered a “massive watershed stroke and permanent coma” due to persistent hypotension stemming from her severe anaphylactic episode.
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