Information on the protocol for bee venom for lyme, where to get bees, and how to sting yourself videos are all found below.  Please check each tab for links.

Bay Area, California local BVT events

Join our local group for sharing BVT and learning how to do it in the Bay Area, CA.

We will notify you of meetings for local BVT’ers via

Ellie Lobel’s Killer Bee Attack and Lyme Disease Recovery :

Read the remarkable story of Ellie Lobel’s killer bee attack and how she subsequently recovered from Chronic Lyme Disease:

Listen to National Public Radio: An Interview with Ellie Lobel telling her story in her own words

Facebook Group:

The group on Facebook is a welcoming place to learn about doing BVT for Lyme disease. You will have a safe and private place for support and to ask questions that arise.  Look for the following group and request to join.  Don’t forget to respond to the questions for approval.

                    “Bee Venom Therapy for Lyme Disease USA”

Bee Venom Research:

Bee Venom has been shown to relieve many different medical conditions. Here are some of the current research studies.

  1. Antimicrobial Activity of Bee Venom and Mellitin against Borrelia Burgdorferi – peer reviewed medical research in Antibiotics journal
  2. Studies on Bee Venom and It’s Medical Uses
  1. Bee Venom Inhibits the Lyme Disease Spirochete.
  1. Bee Venom has Anti-Arthritic Effects
  1. Sting the Pain Away
  1. Study on Bee Venom as an Anti-Fungal and Insecticidal
  1. Study on Bee Venom and Candida
  1. Bee Venom Could Cure Depression and Dementia

  1. Role of Cytokines in Bee Venom Therapy

  1. Nanoparticles loaded with bee venom kill HIV

  1. Bee Venom in Cancer Therapy

  1. Bee Venom and Arthritic and Rheumatoid Conditions

  1. Bee Venom for Anti-Nociception or Pain Reduction

  1. Inflammation of Muscle Tissue

  2. Bee Venom use contraindicated during Pregnancy

Books and Videos:

(videos – scroll down past the books)

For reference you might want to have a book.   (Please note:  These are not Lyme specific but one is in the works by Ellie Lobel to be available soon in 2018.)

The Bible of Bee Venom Therapy by Bodog F. Beck, M.D. (author)

Bees Don’t Get Arthritis by Fred Malone (author)

Apitherapy – From a Beekeeper’s Perspective by Lady Cerelli (author)

How Well Are You Willing to Bee??  by Pat Wagner (for Multiple Sclerosis)


How to successfully sting yourself. Here are a few helpful videos to get you started.

  1. How to do a TEST STING
  2. How to Self Sting for Lyme disease – Lower Back

  3. How to Self- Sting for Lyme disease – Upper Back

  4. The Bee Buddy Home for your bees– sold by Ferris Apiaries (see below)

  5. How to Catch Bees on Tweezer

  6. How to Load Bees into a Bee Buddy

  7. How to Have Someone Else Sting You for Lyme Protocol

  8. Healing Lyme Disease with Bees – overview and stinging

Bee Venom Organizations:

Bee Venom Protocol for Lyme Disease by Ellie Lobel

This protocol for Lyme was written by Ellie Lobel after many hours of research following her bee sting attack. She stung herself for 2 ½ years and today remains symptom free. The protocol below is published on this page with her permission.

Bee Venom Therapy Information for Lyme

Purchasing information for the products you will need for Apitherapy at home are listed at the bottom.

Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) is used for many conditions including Lyme Disease where bee venom has been found to kill the bacteria in labs (ref: Rocky Mountain Laboratories Microscopy Branch). It is believed to have the same effect in humans.

The process includes BVT three times a week along with a regime of detoxing which includes Epsom salt baths, drinking apple cider vinegar and plenty of water.

People with Lyme Disease undergoing BVT experience side effects due to the toxins given off by the bacteria as they die. This phenomenon is known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction and is often referred to informally as herx or herxing.

Herxing is believed to occur when injured or dead bacteria release their endotoxins into the blood and tissues faster than the body can comfortably handle it. This provokes a sudden and exaggerated inflammatory response. The occurrence of herxing is seen as evidence of continuing elimination of these very persistent bacteria.

The most common symptoms of herxing reported include increased fatigue, joint or muscle pain, skin rashes, photosensitivity, irritability, paresthesia, dizziness, sleep disturbances, asthenia, muscle cramps, night sweats, hypertension, hypotension, headaches (especially migraines) and swollen glands. Also reported are heavy perspiration, metallic taste in mouth, chills, nausea, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, low grade fever, heart palpitations, tachycardia, facial palsy, tinnitus, mental confusion, uncoordinated movement, pruritus, bone pain, flu-like syndrome, conjunctivitis and throat swelling.


* Minimize exposure to other sources of toxins, including airborne chemicals and pollutants, food containing additives or other chemicals, unnecessary medications, poor water etc.

* Maximize the quality of food, water and air.

* Avoid unnecessary stress.

* Rest during the day, especially if experiencing sleep problems at night.

* Keep a perspective that symptoms, though unpleasant, are rarely life threatening and will diminish with time.

You MUST obtain an Epi-Pen before starting BVT make sure you read the instructions and practice with your epi-trainer .It is also recommended to keep a bottle of Liquid Benadryl without alcohol and preferable no dye on hand.

CAUTION: You cannot be on any beta blockers while utilizing BVT. Google “beta blockers” for a list of medications. A beta blocker will block the same receptors that utilize epinephrine, so if you were to have an allergic reaction anaphylaxis the epi-pen will not work.

PLEASE purchase anti-itch cream, wait at least 30 mins after stings to use any brand will do Non Alcohol, or some Benadryl. You will need this for the first few weeks until the histamine effect wears off. You will itch like crazy. It is normal and will subside.


Absolutely Necessary

– Vitamin C 3000 mg per day, time release is best. It is very important to keep up your vitamin C intake while utilizing BVT. Every day even on none sting days, If you not accustomed to taking Vit C you need to build up before beginning BVT.

– Magnesium 300mg a day

– A very good Multi bio align vitamin

– I recommend taking a very good Probitotic also. Garden of life makes a good one

Detoxing the Herx’s

1: Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, two tablespoons in large glass of water (add 1 TB raw honey if desired). Apple cider vinegar is very helpful in maintaining alkalinity in the body.

When you’re really toxic: Spend two or three days flushing constantly with the apple cider (4 glasses a day) and lots of water in between. Stop before you get to sick of it though, it’s nasty and you WILL need it again.

You can drink apple cider vinegar for one day then take a few days off when your toxins are kept at a minimum.

2: Alka Seltzer GOLD (not available in Canada). Six tabs at once in large glass of water 1 to 3 times a week. Important to flushing with plenty of water.

Alternate your detoxing routine as you go. Give yourself a break in between for a few days with just drinking lots of water (with lemon is good) and detox baths as needed.

Always listen to your body and do not push it. You will know what you need. Better to go easy then to push and possibly do harm. This is not a race.

Detox Bath

One large bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide with Epsom’s salts. Sit in the hot bath for at least ten minutes.

Note: if you cannot get in a bath but can get in a sauna or steamed room to sweat, place sheets in the freezer, sweat for at least ten minutes then immediately wrap yourself up in the cold sheets, you will sweat out many toxins this way.

Please remember, anything you do in nature that is healing your disease will give you all the symptoms of the disease. Including but not limited to Epstein Barr and the Herpes Zoster Virus, you may get a cold sore.

The first two months are awful. But when it breaks, you will be starting to enjoy a quality of life again.

It is necessary to start slowly and listen to your body, it is recommended to do no more than 30 to 40 bees a week after the initial ramp up of bees. Your body needs time to filter out all the toxins, so be patient and you will come out of it in much better shape. If you try to hurry the process you may cause damage to the liver and kidneys (Lyme spirochetes love to hang out in the kidneys and bee venom processes through the kidneys so be kind to your inner organs, you will be thankful you did).

Best to start with one inch to the right and left of the center of the spine, stay with the spine for a minimum of one month preferable two, before venturing out to the limbs and go slow, maybe to the elbows or knees. You will not to do too much on the extremities, the spine stings will take care of most of your issues,

You can sting your knees, 1 bee sting either side of the knee cap, and your elbows, 1 either side.

Stay away from really sensitive areas until you are completely accustomed to stinging.

If at any time you feel overwhelmed, first please cry, its good for you, your cells are releasing all the emotions as well as the toxins. It’s a side effect of the bee venom balancing out your emotions along with your hormones.

If you feel overwhelmed with herxing , its ok to stop stinging for a few days, detox out and then get back to it. Give yourself a break anytime you need it, you can always resume.

If however there is a 2 week or more break , you will need to do the test sting again and wait, then ramp up how you feel comfortable, this should not take near as long as the initial ramp up.

Saunas are highly recommended, infrared is best.

Note: You can add Pepto Bismol to your regimen as the Bismuth is known to kill Lyme once it is exposed.

BVT for Lyme protocol

Where to sting?

We always start at one inch to the left and right of the center of the spine, as this is where all the nerve stems start. The bee venom travels down the nerve stem so it will reach your extremities from this area.

One inch out from the center of the spine. On both sides. Keeping it even as you go down the spine.

NOTE: For women, it is best not to sting where your bra strap sits. Also avoid below the belt line. You do not want to sting where your pants fit around your waist.

Ramping up stings

Always begin with 1 test sting, wait at least 30 mins to see how you’re feeling, pay attention to the throat and sinuses. If you’re going to have an allergic reaction you will feel your sinuses and throat start to swell shut, if this happens, use the epi-pen and get to medical attention immediately. NOTE AND BE AWARE: If you have the MTHFR gene mutation , you must ramp up slowly much slower than anyone else.

If you’re feeling fine, just the sting at the site (usually last approx. 60 to 90 seconds) , then you can do a second sting. Remember to do this each side left and right 1 inch from the center of the spine.

Wait 2 days and do 2 more stings, if this goes well and your tolerating the stings well, on your next session do 4 stings, continue with 4 stings, 2 day s later, then ramp up to 6, do this for a few session, then to 8 for a few sessions.

Continue this gradual ramp up until you are at 10 stings, and tolerating them well.

You want to be on a 3 day a week schedule, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Give yourself the weekend to relax detox and recover.

Pay attention to how your feeling and how much you are or are not herxing.

You will herx and you will have relapses on BVT. This is normal. You can control it so that it is not unbearable.

Remember this is not a race and if you push you may hurt your organs.

Around week 3 you will really start to experience the Histamine effect, itching like crazy, use your anti itch cream and this will pass within a few weeks. Your itching will fade and you will experience only slight itching now and then as the sting sites heal.

As there are only a few of us who have now come out the other end of Lyme utilizing BVT, in our limited knowledge, it 2 years of stinging 3 x’s a week before you will have the full benefits of no longer relapsing and just chasing the pain a round with a few stings here and there.

My experience was that I relapsed every 3 months for the first year. I did not even realize I was relapsing as the bee venom killed off the active bacteria as it was coming out of dormancy and I was just toxic with terrible muscle pains etc. Just detox, flush, flush, flush with your apple cider until you are over it, usually within a few days. Keep up your stinging during these relapses.

As we know, Lyme causes major arthritis, for me that pain always came back if I stopped BVT for a week in the first year, by the second year I could go almost 3 weeks before the pain would start to come back, now into my third year, it is about a month before the pain comes back and I need to sting, but the pain is barely noticeable, Yes I have become accustomed to not being in pain at all, It took into the third rear of just a few stings a couple times a month and the RA is resolved and into the 4th year.

Things to be aware of while stinging regularly

It seems with certain strains of Lyme, in particular Nero-Lyme or Borellia Bergdorferi you may undergo physiological instances.

These usually start between the 2nd and 3rd month of stinging regularly and last up to 3 weeks, depending on the amount of emotional stress you hold.

Your body is dumping all the negative emotions you have held on to for possibly years. Some, including myself go through about a 2 week period of hallucinations, seeing dead loved ones or having a fear of an old past abusive relationship. Dreams become very vivid. You may experience anxiety regarding past experiences/relationships. This varies from person to person.

I cried for 2 months straight and dumped 20 years of pain and suffering in that time. If you’re going to cry and feel emotional, make it count. Get yourself a journal and start writing everything down, this is the perfect opportunity to dump all the old hurts, fears, letters you never intend to mail etc.

Talk about feeling the weight of the world lifted off your shoulders. Lyme damage’s more than your body, it derails your entire life. These emotions are stored up as you become so strong in dealing with all the physical pains and the isolation it causes you and have had no real outlet for

these emotions. Also, Lyme damage’s your thyroid, adrenals and lymphatic system and causes all your bodily functions to be out of balance.

Bee venom returns this balance. I no longer need thyroid meds the moment I started BVT. I have not needed it for these past 4 years. I dropped the weight and also my menses have returned to normal.

As you become more comfortable with stinging and feel adventurous, you can now go for more acupuncture points, get yourself a chart. There are several acupuncture points that are wonderful for neuropathy of the arms and legs/feet. Even on the forehead hairline and one nice point right on the crown of your head. I even sting my jaws on occasion. The Lyme damaged my jaw bones and I get occasional jaw pain. Both sides of the knee cap and both side of the elbows. Great places to sting to get rid of hiding Lyme bacteria in the joints.

As each person is different, the experiences will vary to some degree and with so many different strains of Lyme and all its lovely co-infections you may experience things not listed here. Please feel free to share your knowledge and experiences and to pass this on to anyone you think it may help.

May the divine intelligence of the universe watch over you and protect you. May you find health and happiness again and a quality of life worth living.

Nothing contained in this document is or should be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment by your physician.

Ellie Lobel, Lyme Disease patient and BVT practitioner

This document has been submitted for copy write 10/01/15

Along with the original Protocol from 2012

No has the authority to use it , copy it or share it without my permission.

Bee Venom Therapy Supplies:

This is not an endorsement of any particular product or seller, just some resources to get you started on your bee venom therapy journey.



Tweezers and supplies

Tweezers can be purchased from Don Downs at his apitherapy clinic in Ohio by calling directly: 440-647-2483 for $1.65 each.  You will need at least one straight and one bent nose to start with.  (Note: Don Downs does not ship bees.)   Mr. Downs also sells propolis tincture.

If you are ordering bees from the Allen Bee Farm you can also buy tweezers from them and have them shipped with your bees for $3.50 each tweezer.   Or the sources below sell tweezers also.

BEES – live honey bee sources received in the US Mail

Ferris Apiaries –  – Yemassee, South Carolina

Allen’s Bees –  Redding, California

Therapy Bees – Phoenix, Arizona

Billys Goat Hill Apiary – Westminster, South Carolina

Bee Weaver Apiaries – in Texas, for small orders

in Canada, contact Catherine at:  Backyard Honey Co.  or

In the UK, contact John Benson-Bunch via the Facebook group: Bee Venom Therapy UK Apitherapy

In Australia:  on Facebook join the group:  Bee Venom Therapy for lyme Australia

Bee Homes – where to keep them

The Bee Buddy – a small home to keep your bees – includes a fake queen 

The Bee Condo – a small home for your bees when kept always indoors

The Tiny Apiary – available on etsy

The Beezza Hut – available on etsy – good for keeping two batches of bees separately  – Video of BEEZZA HUT

Mason jar – any local Target store

Donate to the Bee Bus Mission!

After her recovery from Lyme disease, Ellie Lobel has been donating her time to travel the country, teaching Apitherapy to the most ill Lyme sufferers and showing others how it can be done at home for very little expense. She is also trying to bring awareness about becoming a beekeeper, saving the honey bee, and supporting local beekeepers. Your donation would also help to insure the continued study of the effects of bee venom and Lyme disease.

You can support this effort by making a donation to the Bee Bus Mission to continue her endeavors.