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Ouch Therapy: Insect Bites that will Help you Heal

Updated on July 11, 2011
Weaver ants (self-made, Dec 2007)
Weaver ants (self-made, Dec 2007)
USDA Photo by Jack Dykinga
USDA Photo by Jack Dykinga | Source

When we are bitten by ants, we always exclaim, “OUCH!” Yes, people. Much more with bees! Ouch, again! Some may even land on the bed of the nearest hospital to get a cure. Believe me, I’ve been bitten by ants for the nth time; but bees? No?! I don’t want to be stung by those insects. I was; but the experience taught me to evade its colony.

But wait! While watching a documentary program, I happened to see the featured medication for patients that are suffering with diabetes and partial paralysis due to heart attack. Some doctors are incorporating the bite and sting of ants and bees as part of the therapy.

At first, I couldn’t believe that it can help cure such diseases and physical difficulties but they’re advising families of those patients to try this free-of-cost medication.

And added to it, even those who are suffering from isomnia may be relieved from sleepless nights if they undergo such therapy. They say, it’s better than acupuncture.

You may not need an expert to do this. Now, I realize that even those lowly insects we usually ignore carry the best therapy we ever need. If and only if we can withstand the bite pain, much more with the inflammation after getting stung with bees, then you are ready to have this kind of ‘pain reliever’.


Here I go again. Loving and hating this insect. When I was a child, I cried loudly when I had their first, fierce bites. My feet got swollen and the next day, I saw blisters with yellow pus; and at the center of every inflamed flesh, a dark spot was there showing the sharp teeth or claws left but the culprits.

I already saw the red, black and white ants. They differ in sizes. Those who feast on sugar are smaller than red ants who build anthills. That’s not all. When I went with my family in the mountain, I saw those red ants building ant hives on mango and it’s bigger than ants near our home.

These red ants or the weaver ants living on trees are the most appropriate for the therapy. You can get some of those soldier ants and carefully store it on empty glass bottle with cover.

If your patient is suffering from diabetes mellitus, you can inflict bite one at a time daily or thrice a week. The purpose is to induce the enzyme or antigen being given by the ants that is useful in lowering the sugar level of the patient. Weaver ants are usually used for therapy bites that have this stinging chemical known as formic acid. The properties of this acid is important to stabilize the sugar level of the patient.


Now the sound or even the word is scary but don’t be afraid of this colony. The only problem is how we can get some of these insects. They’re bigger than ants and much difficult to be caught.

Some patients who are suffering from insomnia will undergo on this technique to solve sleepless nights.

The sting carries also a formic acid that is similar with the ant's secretion.

This protective substance have medicinal value to humans. Although further scientific studies and the medical industry didn't approve yet it's medical value, some tribes in Africa already value its importance.

.Although allergies on bee stings are prevalent, the holistic approach will control such adverse effects by controlling the method of induction or the application of bee sting on skin.

Medical values of insects bite and sting and the food, too!

It is recognized as an alternative medicines, pertaining to insect bite and sting. Two approved insects are ants and bees. Although our body receives adverse reaction if bitten by ants or stung by bees, we didn't hear news that humans are killed by the two. It is always called "miracle" by the investigators.

By the way, the ant worms are often used as food by tribes or even people in Indonesia and Mexican-Indians, and the like. It's another spectacular delicacy if you're interested on exotic food. It's a good source of protein, too! 

Here back home, the young ones of weaver ants are used as bait in fishing. You must imagine me putting it on the hook and catching this 'green' fish from the river bank. I don't know the exact name but we usually call it 'puyo' in native dialect (Bicol-with resemblance to the Bahasa language of Indonesia).

Bee Therapy c/o NationalGeographic

Animal therapy - Horses, cat, monkey, ant... c/o usenetp


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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Tripped across: Wow, great! Good for you being a living proof regarding this therapy.

      Thanks for sharing your experience. God bless!

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974: They're friendly but leave a bite, sting or prick when they sense danger from intruders, especially humans.

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      Tripped across 6 years ago

      I have had op on back for bulging disc even after op was still on painkillers. By fluke. I was stung in the lower back area 4 times.Long and short of it is within 2weeks of this happening I woke up one day and the pain had almost gone. I believe it could be down to this. I had been trying to reduce paintablets unsucessfully for some time. Still can't quite believe it.

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      earthbound1974 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Ouch! It hurts just seeing those pictures. I'm most afraid of bees. Maybe, I'll try one of those queer methods to cure my ailment.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Yes, it's very strange but mostly colloquial among tribes and those who live at the mountains or country side. There's no harm in trying. Moderation of this formic acid content from insects can help lessen your hyper acidity, too, as alternative medicine doctors say.

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      Romano Arnesto 6 years ago from Philippines

      Strange therapy, huh?! Some did try it already, especially those who cling to alternative therapy.