Apis Mellifica (Apis)

Apis Mellifica (Apis)

Homeopathy Remedy Apis Mellifica (Apis)

COMMON NAME : Honey – bee., Poison of Honey Bee;

Kingdom : Animals;

Stage: Acute, Chronic;

Side:  Right, Left, Rt. to Lt.;

Miasm: Psoric, Sycotic, Tubercular, Syphilitic;

Thermal State: Hot;

Action: OnlyPolycrest;

Thirst: Thirsty, Unquenchable, Thirstless, Small Quantity;

Appetite: Reduced;

Sensitivity: Low, High;

Moon Phases: First Quarter, Full Moon, Last Quarter, New Moon;

Time Phases : Morning, Noon, Afternoon, Evening, Night;

Gender: Male, Female, Child.

Homeopathic Remedy Apis mellifica (Apis) is made from the whole live bee, and dilutions with alcohol.

Physiological Action Apis Mellifica (Apis) :

This agent is a diuretic, diaphoretic, and alternative. It stimulates the kidneys, and has an irritating influence upon the urinary tract. It produces congestion an a mild inflammation of the ovaries (left) and testicles, with a tendency to dropsy. There is oedema of the cellular tissue in all parts of the body, that is attended with redness, burning, and stinging pains. Upon the skin there develops urticarious inflammation, with a red and white areola; also vesicular eruptions with a bluish – red, hard base, or an edematous or erysipelatous swelling. There is inflammation of the serous surfaces with dropsical effusions. Upon the mucous membrane there is catarrhal inflammation with a tendency to oedema.

THERAPEUTICS of Apis Mellifica (Apis) :

This remedy is indicated when there is a rapid EDEMATOUS SWELLING of a part that is attended with stinging pains, a bruised sensation, burning an redness; also when there is serous effusion of an inflammatory origin. The patient is drowsy, thirstless, intolerant to heat, and is worse from 4 to six PM

It should be remembered in MENTAL DERANGEMENTS when the patient is silly, jealous, laughing, fidgety, awkward and clumsy, drops things in meningitis with effusion, the child in s stupor, gives a sudden shrill – cry. There is twitching of the muscles of one side, while the other appears to be paralyzed. The urine is scanty, but there is no thirst. It controls ASTHENOPIA and CHEMOSIS from any cause, when attended with burning, shooting, stinging pains in the eyelids, and hot lachrymation. The eyelids are edematous, with bag – like swelling under the eye, the lids feel stiff. It relieves glossitis, and inflammation of the buccal membranes, when they are swollen, red and edematous. There are burning, stinging pains in the parts.

In the oedema that accompanies LARYNGITIS, PHARYNGITIS, DIPHTHERIA, and in the inflammation that attends scarlet fever, it is indicated when the throat is intensely red, dry, and glazed looking, and there are stinging, burning pains upon swallowing.

It is serviceable in acute NEPHRITIS when the urine is scanty and of a dark color. There is more or less ascites and dropsy, with soreness of the abdominal walls; while it is as frequently indicated in CYSTITIS as other remedies. It is of service when there is VESICAL TENESMUS with scanty and high colored urine, and pain in the region of the bladder. It frequently meets the albuminuria and general ANASARCA that follows scarlatina. It relives hydrocele when there is excessive oedema of the parts, also erysipelatous inflammation of the genitals and orchitis with much hypertrophy of the testicles.

In the female it is indicated in cases of OVARIAN IRRITATION when there are burning, stinging pains and soreness in the ovarian region; also in ovaritis when there are paroxysms of severe pain; the ovary is enlarged, indurated, and sensitive, and may undergo a cystic degeneration. There is more or less oedema about the privates.

In all forms of edematous swellings and dropsical effusions of the chest it is indicated. Inflammation of the pericardium with effusions in which the pulse in hard, small, and quick. It is indicated the acute SYNOVITIS, and in the general anasarca that attends nephritis by the general symptoms. In fevers, the temperature is high, there is great prostration. In intermittent, the chill appears at four PM
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It is of service in diseases of the SKIN when it is edematous, and anasarca that is pale and waxy is present. Also in ERYSIPELAS, urticaria, and carbuncles, when they are attended with oedema and burning, stinging pains.

Leading Symptoms Apis Mellifica (Apis) :

Busy, irritable, jealous, protective, controlling.

Burning, stinging, redness, swelling. Sudden shrill piercing cries or shrieks.

Sensitive. Rolls the head. Puffiness and oedema.

Adipsia, but thirsty during chill. Burning heat.

A/F (Causation):





-Bad news

-Bad effects of acute exanthemata

-Imperfectly developed or suppressed measles, urticaria.

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< HEAT – warm room, warm drinks, uncovering

< Touch, even of hair

< After sleep

< 4 p.m.

< Pressure

< Suppressed eruption

< Suppression of sexual expression (as from loss of spouse)

> Cool – cool air, cool bath fire, warm bed, hot bath

> Motion

> Slight expectoration

MIND of Apis Mellifica (Apis) :

Mentally the Apis personality is quite like a bee – busy and active constantly. May be a workaholic, “task oriented”.

Straightforward and non-introspective. Aggressive, if the or family is betrayed or crossed. Controls the family, very protective  and jealous, practical and business oriented. Strong family orientation.

Absentminded, cannot concentrate. Indifferent or apathetic.

Awkward, lets things fall from her hands and laughs sillily at the mishaps.

Unconsciousness, impaired memory and slow march of ideas.

Weepiness, cannot help crying. Children constantly whining, crying, shrieking during sleep.

Cannot bear to be left alone, busy and restless. Depression as if she would die (without fear of death).

Mania from sexual irritation. Increased sexual desire in widows with much jealousy, fear of being poisoned.

Low muttering delirium following suppressed eruptions.

Great restlessness and fidgetiness.

Foolishly suspicious.


Trembling jerking and twitching of one half of the body. Hemiplegia.

Most often the RIGHT side is affected. Symptoms proceed from right to left.

Great SENSITIVENESS to touch with a general soreness, even the touch of hair is painful.

Desires exercise and ameliorated by it.

Pains-burning, stinging lancinating.

with excessive swelling.

with redness and swelling and pain in eyes, eyelids, ears, face, lips, tongue, anus, throat, testicles.

All complaints aggravated by heat and better by cold application.

Tension, swelling and stiffness of limbs. Tired and bruised all over. Prostration up to faintishness.

Oedematous swellings, local or general, with skin whitish, waxen, almost transparent. In general dropsy, skin alternately dry and perspiring.

Anasarca with thirstlessness. But intermittent chill at 3 p.m. with thirst.

Head-Menopausal flushings of heat.

Herpes zoster of face, especially of the left side.

Angioneurotic oedema with tense swelling of the face, lips, tongue and larynx.

Eyes-Recurrent suppurating styes.

Swelling around the eyes.

Conjunctival swelling.

Throat-Pharyngitis > cold drinks.

Pharyngitis with bag-like swelling of the uvula.

Throat pain extends to ears.

Angioneurotic oedema.

G.I.T.-Constipation as if something would break on straining.

Diarrhoea with involuntary stools on every motion.

Anus seems wide open.

Cholera infantum, Prolapsus ani.

Haemorrhoids with burning, stinging pains with profuse bleeding.

Chest-Pneumonia, Pleurisy.

Extreme pain on inspiration.

Feels he cannot take another breath.

Female genitalia-Ovarian cysts (right) in women, especially widows with specific pains.

Female complaints with soreness and stinging pains.

Oedema of labia > cold water.

Dysmenorrhoea with scanty, slimy blood, sensation of tightness in abdomen.

Leucorrhoea profuse, acrid, green.

tumours or open cancer of mammae.

Abortion in early months.

Tight feeling in abdomen or uterus.

Constipation during menses.


Urine-Scanty high coloured, in drops with thirstlessness, last drop burns.

Retention in nursing infants.

Glomerulonephritis. Nephrotic syndrome, with excessive oedema and scanty urine output with sediments and albumin.

Cystitis with scalding pain during urination.

Extremities-Awkwardness, drops things.

Oedema of extremities.

Joints inflamed, red.

Paronychia < heat.

Skin-Boils. Suppressed exanthemata. Herpes zoster.

Eczema, urticaria, carbuncles with burning, stinging pains.

Urticaria with burning pains.

Eczema with marked swelling > cold applications.

Sleep-Great drowsiness with all complaints.

C.N.S.-Hydrocephalus, meningitis. < heat.

A stupid state or unconsciousness, coma.

A/F [ Aliment From / Causation]

Suppressed exanthemata.

Bores the head in the pillow.

Sudden, shrill piercing scream. Cri encephalique.

Typhoid fevers- with stupor and muttering delirium.

Tongue trembling, dry, covered with little blisters.

Great burning, soreness and bloatedness of abdomen.

Skin partially hot and cool with transient sweat.

Great prostration and inclination to lie down.

Strangury or suppressed urination.

KEYNOTES of Apis Mellifica (Apis):

1. Oedematous, puffy bag like swelling under the eyes.

2. Dropsy without thirst, and fever with thirst.

3. Sensation as though anus was wide open in diarrhoea.


* Jealous, suspicious, awkward, hysterical women especially widows with A/F rage, vexation, bad news, jealousy.

* Burning, stinging, sore pains > cold water. Pains migrating.

* Oedematous puffiness, swellings local or general, without thirst, but fever with thirst – 3 p.m.

* Associated strangury or urinary complaints.

CONFIRMATORY SYMPTOMS of Apis Mellifica (Apis):

1. Hot patient

2. Thirstlessness

3. Right sided

4. Oedematous, dropsical states

5. Burning and stinging pains > cold

CLINICAL Symptoms of Apis Mellifica (Apis):

-Abortions, Angioneurotic oedema, Arthritis, Cystitis, Herpes zoster, Meningitis, Nephritis, Pharyngitis, Pleurisy, Pneumonia, Pyelonephritis, Urticaria.

-Apis has a slow action and must not be changed too soon.

-Increased flow of urine shows that the remedy has started acting favourably.

-A complete stupor yields to Apis after Opium phase.

Should be given cautiously during the first 3 months of pregnancy- In low potency liable to produce miscarriage -Dr. Cowperthwaite.

Apis for drug burns, iodine, chloroform etc. – Dr. Pulford.


Complementary : Nat-m.

Followed Well By : Ars, Graph, Iod, Kali-bi, Lyc, Phos, Stram, Sulph.

Follows Well : Bry, Hell, Hep, Iod, Lyc, Merc, Sulph.

Inimical : Rhus-t.

Compare : CANTHARIS, MEZEREUM, BRYONIA ALBA, ZINC Acet-ac, Acon, Anac, Apoc, Arn, Ars, Bell, Brom, Cinch, Colch, Croto-t, Euphr, Ferr, Graph, Hep, Hyos, Iod, Lach, Lyc, Merc, Nat-a, Nat-m, Puls, Rhus-t, Rumx, Sabin, Sep, Sil, Urt-u, Vesp.

Similar : Acet-ac, Acon, Anac, Apoc, Arn, Ars, Bell, Brom, Bry, Canth, Cinch, Colch, Crot-t, Euphr, Ferr, Graph, Hep, Iod, Lach, Merc, Nat-a, Nat-m, Puls, Rhus-t, Rumx, Sabin, Sep, Sil, Sulph, Ter, Ther, Thuj, Urt-u, Zinc.

Antidoted By : Ip, Lach, Led, Nat-m.

It Antidotes : Canth, Chin, Dig, Iod.

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