Achilles tendons

Bee venom therapy isn’t a well-known treatment for ligament or tendon injuries. In fact, I didn’t even know it existed until about a year ago.

I’m 14 years old, and I participate in track and field and cross-country. In March 2004 while running track, I developed an injury in both Achilles tendons. I was unable to participate in track that season and had conventional therapy 2 to 3 times a week for 5 months. My pain was diminished, but it remained constant at a lower level.

Fortunately, my doctor was aware of alternative treatments for the injury and referred me to Andrew Kochan. During my consultation Dr. Kochan decided that bee venom therapy would be the best treatment for me. On the first day he injected me with a small amount of venom to see if I was allergic to bee venom. (I wasn’t.) Then he numbed my ankle by icing it, and he stung me with 2 live bees. The stings were in the 2 areas of my ankle where the pain was the most severe. My ankle was sore for the next 2 days, but as the week progressed, I realized that I no longer had any pain. At my next visit, Dr. Kochan numbed my other ankle and stung me with 2 more live bees. Once again, my ankle was sore, but I was pain-free within a week. I started running about a week after the treatment was over, and I resumed training 2 weeks after my treatment was complete.

Bee venom therapy has had a big impact on my life. It allowed me to participate in a sport that I love, and it rid me of constant pain that I had dealt with for 5 months. Thank you so much, Dr. Kochan, for all of your help!

- Joy Samuels
January 07, 2009