"Land of the Bees" (03:39)
Romania has exported bee wax and honey since antiquity; locals understand that products from the hive can heal. Bernard Fontanille meets Dr. Eugen Stefan, a practicing apitherapist. Stefan checks the honey production of his hives and discusses the declining bee population.
Medicinal Value of Bees (02:12)
Bees and plants live in symbiosis. Fontanille and Stefan examine a honeycomb; bees introduce a small dose of venom into the honey. Stefan explains the purposes of propolis.
Complete Pharmacopeia (02:23)
Medicinal values of a bee hive include: antiseptics, analgesics, and natural antibiotics. Stefan explains "bee bread" and the use of bee venom.
Stefan often prescribes bee hive products and medicinal plants to his patients. He treats a patient's scar with bee venom.
Benefits of Bee Venom (03:23)
Stefan's practice combines traditional Romanian apitherapy, ayurvedic medicine, and acupuncture. Melittin stimulates cortisone production and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Stefan treats an older patient with arthritis.
Traditional Romanian Apitherapist (02:40)
A research center in Bucharest renewed interest in apitherapy. linca Colniceanu has helped the people of Vrancea for 40 years. She regularly stings herself to help with rheumatism.
Natural Treatments (04:13)
Fontanille and Colniceanu encounter a recent bear footprint while walking. Villagers seek Colniceanu's natural remedies; she prepares a cream to treat wounds.
Natural Medicine (04:02)
Colniceanu purchases beehive products from village beekeepers to make natural remedies. She applies the recently prepared cream on a patient's wound. Colniceanu reflects on caring for beehives.
Credits: Romania: The Miracle Of The Bees—World Medicine (00:16)
Credits: Romania: The Miracle Of The Bees—World Medicine
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