Bee sting therapy creating a buzz in China, but some say its "quackery"
BEIJING (AFP) - Patients in China are swarming to acupuncture clinics to be given bee stings to treat or ward off life-threatening illness, practitioners say.
More than 27,000 people have undergone the painful technique - each session can involve dozens of punctures - at Wang Menglin's clinic in Beijing, says the bee acupuncturist who makes his living from believers in the concept.
But except for trying to prevent allergic reactions to the stings themselves, there is no orthodox medical evidence that bee venom is effective against illness, and rationalist websites in the West describe the treatment as "quackery".
"We hold the bee, put it on a point on the body, hold its head, and pinch it until the sting needle emerges," Mr Wang said at his facility on the outskirts of the capital.