ALHAMBRA ( — An acupuncturist in Southern California could have his medical license suspended by state regulators who say he used bee stings to treat patients and didn’t have an allergic reaction kit in his office.

Xin Sheng “Tom” Zhou has been using bee sting therapy to treat diseases and chronic pain at his practice in Alhambra. Bee venom acupuncture has been used in eastern Asia since at least the 2nd century B.C.

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The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Acupuncture Board filed an accusation against Zhou in July. State regulators say he “…does not have an allergic reaction kit, epinephrine, or over the counter medication on site…”

Zhou has since stated that he does have epinephrine in his clinic.

The board claims Zhou was repeatedly and grossly negligent in administering the bee stings by not having an emergency response kit or medication for patients who experience a severe allergy.

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Meanwhile, some patients, including those with ALS, say they hope the issue is resolved quickly so that they can return to receiving the bee sting treatment.

“Prior to the therapy, she was not able to do anything,” Rohan Nittianandan, whose aunt suffers from ALS, described. “So this has helped her a lot.”

Zhou’s attorney tells the Pasadena Star News no patients have suffered a severe reaction.

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