Poisonous Arthropods and its Venom

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Arthropods are invertebrates with jointed legs that make up about 75% of all the animals on Earth. Their major role is to maintain ecosystems as pollinators, recyclers of nutrients, scavengers, pest controlers, and food for other animals and humans. They include animals such as spiders, bees, wasps, ants, centipedes, slaters, scorpions, etc.

There are many different kinds of poisonous arthropods, and their venom can be used in many ways to help cure several sicknesses. Their venom has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine. The honey of bees has been used to clot wounds, horseshoe crab blood is used to test antibiotics, the venom of scorpions can be used as a medicine that could inhibit harmful enzymes without harming inportant enzymes in the human body. Only 25 species of scorpions possess a venom that is deadly to humans, however scorpion toxins could be used for the treatment of arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis. The sting of bees have several healing effects, they are probably the first natural cure for arthritis. Bee venom can be used to heal parkinson, alzheimer, back pain, cancer (strengthening the immune system by BV), HIV, and skin and eye diseases. It has also been claimed to be the new Botox.

However scientists use their venom to help heal sicknesses, the venom of arthropods has potential medical value.

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