Apis mellifica: fast but short-acting

In homeopathy, Apis mellifica mother tincture is prepared by macerating live, whole honey bees in alcohol. Apis mellifica is fast-acting but its effect does not last long.

It is indicated for inflammatory and allergic syndromes – it is particularly effective for allergic reactions.

Apis mellifica is used in rheumatology, cardiology, infectious diseases, nephrology, gynaecology, for feverishness and inflammatory reactions causing pinkish-red oedema (if the oedema appears on the skin).

Apis mellifica has affinity with the skin, the mucous membranes and the urogenital tract, which is where it exerts its action.

Special characteristics

Apis mellifica is suggested for piercing, burning pain. Apis mellifica symptoms are worsened by heat and touch, even if this is gentle, and improved with cold. In acute feverish episodes, the patient is not thirsty.

Another important characteristic is the oedema that appears on the skin or the mucous membranes. The pinkish swelling and itching of the skin is relieved with the cold.

For problems affecting the mucous membranes, such as those in ENT or ophthalmology, oedema improves with the cold and patients who have a fever are not thirsty.

When is Apis mellifica indicated?

  • It is indicated for skin conditions such as: allergy-related oedema, insect bites, first degree burns, cutaneous allergy, oedema affecting the eyelids or the vulva, post-traumatic oedema, foreskin inflammation, traumatic oedema affecting the joints or caused by a sprain, boils in their first phase of development and sunburn. It is also indicated for hives that are of unknown origin or brought about by an allergy, through skin contact and for hives that are itchy and aggravated by water, caused by food intolerance or medicine intoxication.
  • Other common indications are: fever, conjunctivitis, pharyngitis and tonsillitis with a swelling of the uvula, cystitis with hypouresis, vaginitis, headaches or vasomotor migraines.


Bryonia alba: when we are dealing with post-traumatic oedema.

Ledum palustre:  when we are dealing with insect bites.

Gelsemium sempervirens, Nux moschata and Pulsatilla:

When we are dealing with an absence of thirst, especially during feverish episodes.


Apis mellifica should never be used in a dilution below 9C in patients who may possibly be allergic to the venom of hymenopterous insects (e.g. the Apis mellifica or honey bee).

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