But bees aren't the only animals with the power to heal.
Cobra venom may treat arthritis
In an interview with The Guardian, David Warrell, a tropical medicine specialist at Oxford University, said that as many as 50,000 people die from snakebites in India and Bangladesh annually.
But the deadly Indian cobra may also hold a cure for arthritis, with measured doses of its venom relieving rats of their arthritic symptoms. Perhaps most interestingly, the idea that cobra venom may be useful in treating arthritis isn't new -- this idea has been passed down as part of Ayurveda, a traditional medicine from India, for thousands of years.
And the potential for serpent-derived medicine is bigger still.
Vipers helped scientists develop heart and kidney drugs
In the late 1960s, scientists derived angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors from the venom of Brazilian pit vipers. Today, ACE inhibitors are still an essential treatment for hypertension, congestive heart failure, and chronic kidney disease.
Rattlesnake venom led to the development of a tumor-fighter
In 2002, researchers looked to rattlesnake venom, which contains something called crotoxin, a chemical compound that uniquely aims its toxicity at specific cells -- those found in the blood and muscles. Building on this mechanism of action, scientists created a treatment called CB24, which works similarly, but instead seeks and destroys tumor cells.