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Apis Mellifica

Apis Mellifica

Stinging Pains & Irritations with Burning Sensation • Insect Bites & Stings • Hives • Minor Swelling in Joints • Sore Throat • Minor Urinary Irritation

This homeopathic remedy is a specialist in stings and skin irritations with stinging pain and puffiness, Apis mel eases redness, minor swelling, red, irritated skin and membranes, and pains with burning, stinging sensations in various situations. Its applications include: hot swellings or welts caused by bee stings, hives, or irritants; injured joints that swell; sore throats, eye irritations and minor stinging urinary pain. Its symptoms tend to improve with applied cold. Whenever the body reacts with seemingly unnecessary irritation, Apis may be indicated.

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Apis mellifica (honey bee)

Homeopathy 101: Apis mel provides a great remedy for examining certain homeopathic principles.

1. Like cures Like - the concept behind homeopathic medicine. On contact, bee venom’s toxin, mellitin, starts destroying cells. The body responds with burning pain, redness and swelling to try to contain the toxin. For many people this response is more intense than necessary, in others it runs out of control. Without suppressing the body’s needed response, the homeopathic remedy made from bee venom could be said to help the body address the situation more efficiently. Suddenly the body seems to know exactly what it’s fighting, so it reduces the pain signalling, and limits its defences to the task at hand.

2. Does that mean it’s only for bee stings? Absolutely not. Because ‘Like Cures Like’, Apis mel applies to a range of ailments suffering similar irritations symptoms. The various responses to bee stings reveal Apis’ wide range of applications: Most people, experience mild swelling, burning stinging pain and redness, thus Apis mel helps many hot, painful swellings and rashes, whether caused by bees, insect bites, hives, sunburn, minor urinary aggravations or other irritants. Some people experience exaggerated swelling making nearby joints hot, puffy, shiny and red. Thus Apis helps swollen, reddish, irritated or injured joints. In even more intense cases, the irritation extends to various membranes. Thus Apis has applications in swollen sore throats, eye irritation (redness & swollen eyelids) and minor pain on urinating. Of course, whenever swellings or any such irritations are too severe or persist, professional guidance is highly recommended.

3. When choosing Apis mel or any remedy, you look for a certain pattern of symptoms that match the case: If Apis mel can help, the irritation should be red, hot and possibly puffy, with stinging pains and burning sensations which feel better with cold air or compresses and worse for heat. Apis’ other applications often accompany its symptoms including: thirstless, minor fevers that are worse with heat or motion, restless sleep with sudden starts, and intense throbbing headaches better for pressure and worse with motion. Whenever there are strong reactionary symptoms, it’s best to consult a licensed practitioner.

4. When “proving” homeopathic remedies, it becomes clear that certain personalities or states of mind (permanent or temporary) respond more deeply to remedies, especially in higher potencies, e.g., 30X, 30C, 200C. This is called ‘constitutional’ work.

Just as practically every remedy has its ideal personality, so has the bee. Whether from illness, stress or nature, this remedy best matches fussy, fidgety, hard to please individuals who might be overly jealous or suspicious, easily vexed and clumsy. When well, this can translate to industrious, team or family-oriented individuals. When out of sorts, its children may cry or whine constantly without cause, especially when jealous of new sibling or change. Older children and adults may show more apathy than tears. Old or young, there is a fear of being alone and often difficulty concentrating.

Conclusion: A very important remedy for children, as they may be exposed to stings while playing outside, and their vitality is high resulting in an often pronounced reaction to unfamiliar irritants

Apis mellifica (apis.)

Excerpt from The Materia Medica - Boericki -

Natural History

The Honey-Bee


Acts on cellular tissues causing oedema of skin and mucous membranes.

The very characteristic effects of the sting of the bee furnish unerring indications for its employment in disease. Swelling or puffing up of various parts, EDEMA, red rosy hue, stinging pains, soreness, intolerance of heat, and slightest touch, and afternoon aggravation are some of the general guiding symptoms. Erysipelatous inflammations, dropsical effusions and anasarca, acute, inflammation of kidneys, and other parenchymatous tissues are characteristic pathological states corresponding to Apis. Apis acts especially on outer parts, skin, coatings of inner organs, serous membranes. It produces serous inflammation with effusion, membranes of brain, heart, pleuritic effusion, etc. Extreme sensitiveness to touch and general soreness is marked. CONSTRICTED sensations. Sensation of stiffness and as of something torn off in the interior of the body. Much prostration.


Apathy, indifference, and unconsciousness. AWKWARD; DROPS THINGS READILY. Stupor, with sudden sharp cries and startings. Stupor alternating with erotic mania. Sensation of dying. Listless; cannot think clearly. Jealous, fidgety, hard to please. Sudden shrill, piercing screams. WHINING, TEARFULNESS. Jealous, fright, rage, vexation, grief. Cannot concentrate mind when attempting to read or study.


Whole brain feels VERY TIRED. Vertigo with sneezing, worse on lying or closing eyes. Heat, throbbing, distensive pains, better on pressure, and worse on motion. Sudden stabbing pains. Dull, heavy sensation in occiput, as from a blow, extending to neck (better on pressure), accompanied with sexual excitement. Bores head into pillow and screams out.


Lids SWOLLEN, red, OEDEMATOUS, everted, inflamed; burn and sting. Conjunctiva bright red, puffy. LACHRYMATION HOT. Photophobia. SUDDEN PIERCING PAINS. Pain around orbits. SEROUS EXUDATION, EDEMA, AND SHARP PAINS. SUPPURATIVE INFLAMMATION OF EYES. Keratitis with INTENSE CHEMOSIS OF OCULAR CONJUNCTION. Staphyloma of cornea following suppurative inflammation. STYES, also prevents their recurrence.


External ear red, inflamed, sore; stinging pains.


Coldness of tip of nose. RED, SWOLLEN, inflamed, with sharp pains.


Swollen, red, with piercing pain. Waxy, pale, oedematous. Erysipelas with stinging burning oedema. Extends from right to left.


Tongue fiery red, swollen, sore, and raw, with vesicles. Scalding in mouth and throat. Tongue feels scalded, red hot, trembling. Gums swollen. Lips swollen, especially upper. Membrane of mouth and throat glossy, as if varnished. RED, SHINING, AND PUFFY, like erysipelas. Cancer of the tongue.


Constricted, stinging pains. UVULA SWOLLEN, sac-like.


Sore feeling. THIRSTLESS. Vomiting of food. CRAVING FOR MILK. (Rhus.)


SORE, BRUISED on pressure, when sneezing. EXTREMELY TENDER. Dropsy of abdomen. Peritonitis. Swelling in right groin.


Involuntary on every motion; ANUS SEEMS OPEN. Bloody, painless. Anus feels raw. Hemorrhoids, with stinging pain, after confinement. Diarrhoea watery, yellow; CHOLERA INFANTUM TYPE. Cannot urinate without a stool Dark, fetid, worse after eating. Constipation; feels as if something would break on straining.

Urine Section

Burning and soreness when urinating. Suppressed, loaded with casts; frequent and involuntary; stinging pain and strangury; SCANTY, HIGH COLORED. Incontinence. LAST DROPS burn and smart.


Oedema of labia; relieved by cold water. Soreness and stinging pains; ovaritis; worse in RIGHT ovary. Menses suppressed, with cerebral and head symptoms, especially in young girls. Dysmenorrhoea, with severe ovarian pains. Metrorrhagia profuse, with heavy abdomen, faintness, stinging pain. Sense of tightness. Bearing-down, as if menses were to appear. Ovarian tumors, metritis with stinging pains. Great tenderness over abdomen and uterine region.


Hoarseness; DYSPNEA, breathing hurried and difficult. Oedema of larynx. Feels AS IF HE COULD NOT DRAW ANOTHER BREATH. Suffocation; short, dry cough, suprasternal. Hydrothorax.


Oedematous. Synovitis. Felon in beginning. Knee swollen, shiny, sensitive, sore, with stinging pain. Feet swollen and stiff. Feel too large. Rheumatic pain in back and limbs. Tired, bruised feeling. Numbness of hands and tips of fingers. Hives with intolerable itching. Oedematous swellings.


Swellings after bites; SORE, SENSITIVE. Stinging. Erysipelas, with sensitiveness and swelling, rosy hue. Carbuncles, with burning, stinging pain. (Ars.; Anthrac) Sudden puffing up of whole body.


Very DROWSY. Dreams full of care and toil. Screams and SUDDEN STARTLING DURING SLEEP.


AFTERNOON CHILL, WITH THIRST; WORSE ON MOTION AND HEAT. External heat, with smothering feeling. Sweat slight, with sleepiness. Perspiration breaks out and dries up frequently. Sleeps AFTER the fever paroxysm. After perspiration, nettle rash, also with shuddering.


WORSE, heat in any form; TOUCH; pressure; late in afternoon; after sleeping; in closed and heated rooms. Right side.


BETTER, In open air, uncovering, and cold bathing.


Complementary; NAT, MUR. The "chronic," APIS.; Also BARYTA CARB., if lymphatics are involved. Inimical. RHUS.

Compare: Apium virus (auto-toxaemia, with pus products); Zinc.; Canth.; Vespa; Lachesis.


Tincture to thirtieth potency. In oedematous conditions the LOWER potencies. Sometimes action is slow; so several days elapse before it is seen to act, and then urine is increased. APIUM VIRUS, sixth trituration.