Looks like, it’s worth the sting. A 78-year-old Cuban farmer, Pepe Casanas hunts down a scorpion to sting himself as the venom wards off his rheumatism pains.
As per the researchers in Cuba, 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 tumor growth in some cancer patients.
Also, since 2011, a Cuban pharmaceutical firm Labiofam has been using scorpion venom to manufacture the homeopathic medicine Vidatox.
Labiofam Business Director Carlos Alberto Delgado told Reuters sales were climbing 10 percent annually. Vidatox already sells in around 15 countries worldwide and is currently in talks with China to sell the remedy there.
Pepe Casanas said, “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.”
Labiofam workers catch the scorpions in the wild as they believe that their venom is not dangerous and after 2 years of exploitation, they are released back into the wild.