Haj Omar Abulhassan, health specialist, shows the bee hive used in the treatment of various illnesses in his home in Cairo, Egypt, on November 10, 2018. REUTERS / Amr Abdallah Dalsh
CAIRO (Reuters) – Omar Abulhassan poses thousands of bees on his roof at Cairo – not honey but their poison.
After reading the information about how many bees are in the Koran, 30-year-old Abulhassan decided to raise insects five years ago and use indoors in alternative therapies. He believes that bee stings can relieve pain and cure diseases such as rheumatism.
"These are not the only benefits," said Abulhassan, who is not a medical person. "It helps with a better mood."
He now processes about five people a month. In a typical session, he will use six bees to touch his patient in different parts of the body.
Mohamed Abdelfattah, 29, a regular patient, said that therapy improves his mood and makes him feel healthy.
"I continuously receive treatment using bees to increase my immunity and body resistance," said Abdelfattah.
The benefits of bee-keeping therapy have not been scientifically proven, said Mahmoud Abdullatif, an experienced beekeeper and member of the Arab federation of the Belgian federation.
"It requires research and the provision of scientific equipment and research so that we can understand what the bee lives and how we can benefit," he said.
Reports from Amr Dalsh and Sayed Sheasha; Lena Masri writes; Editing William Maclean