Sremska Mitrovica: Apitherapy for respiratory problems

Beekeeper from Sremska Mitrovica, Dragan Majkic is planning to open the first ever api-chamber in Serbia which is due to become operational in March next year.

Honey and other bee-related products are full of vitamins, minerals and proteins which is what prompted Majkic to start building the first ever api-chamber in Serbia. People with respiratory problems will be able to use the chamber where they will inhale the air from beehives. This is called apitherapy.

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The chamber will be located in a wooden prefabricated house near the village of Koruska, on the Fruska Gora Mountain, just outside Novi Sad. The house will have four beehives and inhalation equipment.

“In order for someone to be a good beekeeper, you really need to love it”, Dragan says and adds that he currently has 90 beehives and makes all sorts of honey. After speaking to a fellow beekeeper from Bosnia, Armin Nuhanovic, who opened a natural api-chamber, Dragan decided to do the same.

The prefabricated house will be in the shape of beehive and will measure 2 by 2 square metres. The patients will be able to directly breathe in the air from the beehives via an inhalator mask. One treatment will last for 30 minutes, and the first results are visible after only five treatments.

Apitherapy, or “bee therapy” (from the Latin apis which means bee) is the medicinal use of products made by honeybees. Products of the honeybee include bee venom, honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis, and beeswax. Apart from respiratory problems, some of the other conditions treated are multiple sclerosis, arthritis, wounds, pain, gout, shingles, burns, tendonitis, and infections. Therapies involving the honeybee have existed for thousands of years and some may be as old as human medicine itself. 

(Vecernje Novosti, 11.09.2017)

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