Effect of bee venom treatment in sows with oligogalactic syndrome postpartum

Seok Hwa Choi, Seong Soo Kang, Chun Sik Bae, Seong Koo Cho, Sokcheon Pak

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine the clinico-therapeutic effect of worker honeybee venom in sows with oligogalactic syndrome postpartum. Comparison between bee venom- and drug-treated groups was our main concern in the present study. Sows after parturition were assigned to bee venom- and drug-treated groups, respectively. In the bee venom-treated group, 22 sows were bee-acupunctured once a day for 3 consecutive days. Honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) for bee acupuncture were about 15 days old after metamorphosis. Live bees were used to sting the acupoints known as Yang-ming (ST-18, 1.5 cm lateral to the base of the last two pairs of teats) and Jiao-chao (GV-1, at the indentation between the base of tail and the anus). In the drug-treated group, 20 sows were intramuscularly injected with a standard dose of penicillin G (400,000 IU/head) once a day for 3 consecutive days. On posttreatment day 4, 85.0% of the drug-treated group and 90.9% of the bee venom-treated group recovered from oligogalactic syndrome postpartum. The result suggested that apitherapy using worker honeybee is an effective treatment for sows with oligogalactic syndrome postpartum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-155
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Chinese Medicine
Volume31
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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