Scorpion Venom
Scorpion Venom
This information describes the common uses of Scorpion Venom, how it works, and its possible side effects.

Common Name

Blue scorpion

How It Works

Although components of scorpion venom from various species show anticancer effects in laboratory and animal studies, the scorpion venom marketed to cancer patients has not been scientifically proven to treat cancer in humans.

The claims made for blue scorpion venom marketed to cancer patients as Escozine, Escozul, and Vidatox (a homeopathic version) are mostly based on anecdotes, testimonials, and experiments which may or may not have been properly carried out. In Cuba where these products originated, the government rejected the use of Escozul in 2009 because there was not enough data. The homeopathic version, which uses very dilute solutions of the active ingredient, has not been shown to treat or prevent cancer. The properties of blue scorpion venom are just starting to be described more thoroughly in scientific research. Therefore, like venoms from other scorpion species, blue scorpion venom compounds one day may be isolated and properly developed to create cancer therapies, but much more research is needed.

Purported Uses

  • Analgesic
    A few laboratory studies suggest that scorpion venom may be helpful in relieving pain, but human studies are lacking.
  • Anti-inflammatory
    No scientific evidence currently supports this use.
  • Cancer treatment
    No scientific evidence supports this use. The “scientific” papers published online about scorpion venom products have not been properly evaluated by the scientific community.
  • Chemotherapy side effects
    No scientific evidence currently supports this use.
  • Immunostimulation
    Laboratory studies indicate that scorpion venoms have properties that may be effective against various yeast, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. More studies are needed.
  • Radiation side effects
    No scientific evidence currently supports this use.

Patient Warnings

Scorpion venom products marketed to cancer patients including Escozine and Vidatox have not been studied in clinical trials. There is no evidence for their use to prevent or treat cancer in humans, and they have not been reviewed or approved by the FDA.

Side Effects

The venoms marketed to cancer patients are untested and unregulated. Therefore side effects are currently unknown.