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Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic medicine is intended to stimulate the body's own healing abilities. Homeopathy utilizes a wide range of mostly naturally occurring substances such as plants and minerals. These medicines are prepared through a specific process of stepwise dilution. 

Many homeopathic medicines contain only an infinitesimal amount of the original substance. Although the mechanism by which these "ultradilutions" can work is unexplained, studies have been published in medical journals showing homeopathic medicines may provide clinical benefit.

Specialists at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health can guide you to the best homeopathic products for your condition and needs.

Homeopathic Bee Venom 

If you are experiencing symptoms from conditions such as neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic headaches, arthritis or nerve pain syndromes, homeopathic bee venom (HBV) may relieve your symptoms.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a homeopathic medicine, homeopathic bee venom has at least 18 active substances including neurotransmitters. Substances such as mellitin, adolapin and apamin have anti-inflammatory effects, while compound X and histamine assist in the inflammatory response. HBV is highly diluted and uses the amount of venom equivalent to 4 percent of an average bee sting.

The use of HBV as a treatment can bring mild pain, redness, itching, and swelling to the area of injection. This is considered typical and should only last a few minutes. There is also the possibility of an allergic reaction to the venom. People with severe bee allergies should avoid this type of treatment.