Patients in China are swarming to acupuncture clinics to be given bee stings to treat or ward off life-threatening illness, practitioners say.
A patient receives a bee sting administered by a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine on August 2, 2013. There is no orthodox evidence that bee stings can cure any illnesses, and some websites in the West have branded their use 'quackery'.
More than 27,000 people have undergone the painful technique -- each session can involve dozens of punctures -- at Wang Menglin's clinic in Beijing, says the bee acupuncturist who makes his living from believers in the concept.
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