'Guinea pig' Paltrow says bee-sting treatment 'incredible but painful'
Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she uses an ancient health treatment in which she is voluntarily stung by bees.
The actress said that the effect on her was "pretty incredible", but admitted: "Man, it's painful."
Ms Paltrow claimed that the treatment - called apitherapy - has been around for thousands of years, but has fallen out of fashion in recent times.
In an interview with the 'New York Times', the 'Iron Man' star opened up about her beauty regime.
Paltrow (43) said: "I've been stung by bees. It's a thousands-of-years-old treatment called apitherapy. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It's actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it's painful."
The term apitherapy covers using honey for medicinal purposes as well as being stung, which is called Bee Venom Therapy.
It dates back to ancient times and involves angering the bees so that they sting the patient on the affected area, usually a trigger point on the body.
The exact way in which bee venom works is not fully understood and its benefits have not been scientifically proved.
But it has been used to treat arthritis, multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure.
If patients cannot face being stung by live bees, they can be injected with the venom.
Experts have said that the venom is best taken from the bee in late spring to early autumn, as that is when good pollen sources make it more potent.
In the interview, Paltrow said she signed up for the bee stings because she was "generally open to anything".
She said: "I'm always the guinea pig to try everything. I've got to try them all. I love acupuncture.
"Also, I just heard of a service called a sound bath, which might be too hippie-ish even for the likes of me. It's some new healing modality. I might not be able to handle it."
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