Worth the sting: Cuba’s scorpion pain remedy

Pepe Casanas, a Cuban farmer aged 78 has been hunting a scorpion that he uses to deliberately prick himself, saying that the venom from the scorpion contradicts his rheumatism aches. He is doing it once per month for the last ten years.

Casanas stated that: “I put the scorpion where I feel pain. It hurts for a while, but then it calms and goes and I don’t have any more pain.”
In Cuba, what Casanas is doing is considered as a natural remedy and has ceased to be regarded as very strange. Analysts in Cuba have disovered that the venom of the blue scorpion scientifically called as Rhopalurus junceus, native to the Caribbean island, appears to be have anti-inflammatory and pain comfort characteristics, and may have the ability to hold off tumor development in a few cancer sufferers.

Although a few oncologists abroad say more analysis is required in order to support such a claim in the right manner, Labiofam, a pharmaceutical company in Cuba has been utilising scorpion venom since 2011 to produce the homeopathic medication Vidatox.
The treatment has been tried and tested which led to its popularity.

Carlos Alberto Delgado, the Business Director of Labiofam stated to the Reuters that product sales were going up to 10 percent each year. Vidatox previously has been for sale in about 15 countries internationally and is presently in negotiation with China to offer the product there.
The prices of the medicine in Cuba is only a dollar per one vial, while on the black market it is costing 100 times as much, with sellers on Amazon retailing them for $140 each.

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