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'Does a Bee Sting Work to Treat Arthritis?'

Questions on Alternative And Complementary Medicine Answered During Chat

Thursday March 15  8:31am
Source: PR Newswire

MINNEAPOLIS, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Does a bee sting work to treat arthritis or multiple sclerosis? Does listening to music help ease the stress following heart surgery? Does gargling with your own urine alleviate pain associated with a toothache? Those are among the questions that could be discussed during an Internet discussion on on Wednesday, March 21.

A panel of health providers who specialize in alternative and complementary medicine will lead the chat, which will be held over the lunch hour, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While most of us have heard of therapies like chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition therapy and herbal remedies, the rapid growth of alternative and complementary medicine can leave you wondering which therapies are legitimate and which ones you might want to pass on.'s "Complementary and Alternative Medicine" will help shed some light on this evolving health care topic. Hosting the chat are: Molly Magnani, a chiropractor with Allina Hospitals & Clinics; Ron Batcheller, a pharmacist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital; and Mary Johnson, a nursing professor at St. Olaf College, as well as a healing touch practitioner.

"More and more people are choosing to complement traditional medical treatments with alternative therapies," says Magnani. "Of course with any change in your health care, talk with your doctor or other trusted health professional if you're interested in exploring alternative or complementary therapies." has also put together a number of valuable resources to help navigate the ever-changing world of complementary and alternative medicine. The information is located at under the "Stay Healthy" tab.

Incidentally, proponents say that drinking or gargling your own urine can cure pretty much anything and everything, from chronic diseases to aging to cancer. Soaking your feet in urine can cure athlete's foot, they say, and taking urine capsules can help with "cosmetic beauty." And bee sting therapy may sound scary, but it does have some science backing it. Bee venom actually contains an anti-inflammatory called melittin and adolapin, which is known for its painkilling properties. Neither treatment is recommended by medical professionals., located on the Internet at , together with the popular Medformation call center, is a community service of Allina Hospitals & Clinics. The Web site provides reliable, local health information, news, physician referral, and other resources.

Allina Hospitals & Clinics is a non-profit network of hospitals, clinics and other health care services. Allina Hospitals & Clinics provides care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Allina Hospitals & Clinics can be found online at

Source: Allina Hospitals & Clinics
Contact: Vince Rivard of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, 763-576-7693, Pager 612-654-8769