Bee stings: a woman dies after a treatment endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow

News 25 March, 2018
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    Sunday, 25 march, 2018 16:35

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    A woman has died in Spain after a session of acupuncture practised with the help of bee stings, even if she had already undergone treatment on several occasions without a problem, according to a recent study by Spanish researchers.

    For two years, the victim, a woman aged 55 years, submitted once per month to the therapy used in the traditional medicine of south korea and is endorsed by the american actress Gwyneth Paltrow. However, during yet another meeting, the woman suffered an allergic reaction with trouble breathing, and then losing knowledge.

    The spaniard was transported to the hospital after having waited for an ambulance for about half an hour, while the staff of the clinic where she was receiving treatment was only able to administer adrenaline (EpiPen), or that you have available. She finally passed away a few weeks after his admission to the hospital, because of its several organs have ceased to function.

    Acupuncture using bee aims to help reduce stress and decrease muscle inflammation. In the interview, “the New York Times,” Gwyneth Paltrow, who owns the company specialised in lifestyle and well-being Goop, had argued that the effect of the treatment may be “incredible”, even if it is “painful”.

    Doctors from the university hospital Ramon y Cajal, Madrid looked at the case of the Spanish indicated, however, in a study, that the scientific evidence of the efficacy of this therapy remain limited.

    The authors of the study believe that patients who engage in therapy with bees should be well informed of the risks of the bites of these insects. “However, as the risks associated with this therapy may exceed its potential benefits, we believe that this practice is both dangerous and not advisable,” they concluded.