The position of the American Apitherapy Society is that all products of the hive have a legitimate and appropriate place within the biomedical healthcare system, in the form of integrated and complementary medicine.
The AAS supports a world view, ecologic paradigm. This is a non-reductionist, holistic approach, which recognizes the interconnectedness of humans to the environment, and in particular the importance of the honey bee (Apis Spp.). As a concept of health, it seeks to addresses care of the whole person, through body, mind, and spirit; within a social/cultural, relationship, and environmental context, to promote optimal wellness, prevent and treat “dis-ease”
Currently, Apitherapy is a non-regulated practice, falling under the purview of herbal medicine, dietary and nutritional supplement regulations. Some forms of Apitherapy can be considered within the scope of practice laws for a variety of practitioners. Apitherapists may integrate techniques, products or therapies as a therapeutic partnership with people towards improving their overall health and well being. Doing so does not negate the validity of, or replace conventional medical therapies, but serves as a complement, to help individuals access their greatest healing potential.