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Worth the sting: Cuba’s scorpion pain remedy

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 15, 2018 15:01

Worth the sting: Cuba’s scorpion pain remedy

Once a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains.

His natural remedy is no longer seen as very unusual here.

Researchers in Cuba have found that the venom of the blue scorpion, whose scientific name is Rhopalurus junceus, endemic to the Caribbean island, appears to have anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties, and may be able to delay tumour growth in some cancer patients.

While oncologists abroad say more research is needed to be able to properly back up such a claim, Cuban pharmaceutical firm Labiofam has been using scorpion venom since 2011 to manufacture the homeopathic medicine Vidatox.

The remedy has proven popular.Labiofam Business Director Carlos Alberto Delgado told Reuters sales were climbing 10 percent annually.

 

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 15, 2018 15:01