Homeopathic Apis mellifica

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Apis mellifica comes from a bee and the characteristics associated with this remedy are like a bee sting - burning, stinging, redness and swelling.[1]


  • Insect: Honeybee
  • Short Form: Apis


The following are the main indications for Apis mellifica[2], [3]

  • Insect bites especially bee stings or bites that are red and hot with stinging pain and a lot of swelling
  • Allergic reactions especailly if associated with swelling and stinging pains
  • Anaphylactic shock especially if associated with swelling and stinging pains
  • Conjunctivitis (pinkeye) with redness of the eye and swelling around the eye
  • Sore Throat with swelling of the uvula, pain is often stinging and may extend to the right ear, better with cold drinks
  • Urinary Tract Infection with scalding urine, especially the last drops, constriction, urination is frequent and can be involuntary, feels as though the urine will not come out.

Other common conditions: hay fever, ear pain, hives, cystitis, pharyngitis


  • General: red, hot, stinging pain, swelling
  • Worse: heat, hot rooms, hot drinks, a hot bath, in bed
  • Better: cold, cool air or cold applications, cold bath or shower, uncovering
  • Psychological: busy people that are task oriented, protects others, jealous
  • Other symptoms: hives, itching, swelling and puffiness of face and around the eyes, itchy skin
  • Food and drink: not thirsty

Prescribing Considerations

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed based on homeopathic principles and after a detailed case taking. The prescription recommendations below are provided only as a guide. It is always recommended to consult with a naturopathic doctor or homeopathic practitioner prior to taking any homeopathic remedies, especially if your health is compromised or if your symptoms due to resolve in a timely fashion. The general recommendations for Aconite include:[4]

  • with swelling lower potencies are recommended
  • action may be slow, especially with urinary complaints
  • Compare: Apium virus, Zinc, Cantharis, Vespa, Lachesis
  • Natrum muriaticum is considered the chronic of Apis. Baryta carb is often used concurrently if lymphatics are involved.


  1. Morrison Roger (1993) Desktop Guide, to Keynote and Confirmatory Symptoms Hahnmann Clinic Publishing.
  2. Hershoff Asa (2000) Homeopathic Remedies, A Quick and Easy Guide to Common Disorders and their Homeopathic Treatments, Avery Publishing Group, New York.
  3. Ullman Robert, Reichenberg-Ullman Judyth (1997) Homeopathic Self-Care, the quick and easy guide for the whole family. Prima Publishing.
  4. Boericke W (1996) Pocket Manual of Hemoeopathic Materia Medica and Repertory, a Chapter on Rare and Uncommon Remedies, B. Jain Publishers, India.