Many cultures around the world regard certain types of scorpion venom as an effective form of medicine for treating a variety of conditions. The medicinal value of scorpion venom is no longer being dismissed as an ineffective type of alternative medicine by western medical researchers, as this blog has already described how western researchers are developing venom-based cancer treatments. However, scorpion venom has been traditionally used to treat numerous medical conditions, not just cancer. Western researchers remain skeptical when it comes to the effectiveness of scorpion venom at-treating a wide range of medical maladies. Due to this skepticism on the part of American medical researchers, the United States is trailing other countries when it comes to the development of venom-based medicines. For example, for nearly a decade in the island country of Cuba, pharmaceutical drugs containing scorpion venom have been manufactured and prescribed to thousands of Cuban citizens in order to effectively treat a variety of medical conditions. The key to Cuba’s success with venom-based drugs is due to their access to a native scorpion species that does not exist anywhere except for the Caribbean and Central America. This scorpion species is commonly known as the blue scorpion, and its venom is of unique value for treating inflammation, pain, arthritis and possibly tumors.
Since 2011, the Cuban pharmaceutical firm Labiofam has been using venom from the blue scorpion species to develop a homeopathic medicine called Vidatox. According to Labiofam’s Business Director, Carlos Alberto Delgado,Vidatox sales have been increasing by 10 percent annually, and the drug is also being sold in 15 different countries worldwide. The company is currently negotiating to have the drug marketed in China. In Cuba, the tens of thousands of citizens who take the drug pay no more than one dollar for a prescription,but in other markets, the cost of Vidatox is often one hundred times this amount. For example, if Americans want a bottle of Vidatox, they will have to pay 140 dollars for a months supply on Amazon. Numerous Cubans also stand by the medicinal value of blue scorpion venom for treating cancerous tumors.
Would you consider blue scorpion venom treatments if you had terminal cancer?