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Apis Mellifica

The Honey-bee, Bee sting, Apis Mellifera, Apis mel, Apisinum

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HPUS label indication: Stings
Apis Mellifica

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while the very dilute homeopathic remedy may help, the raw product is often best avoided.

Below are the strongest indications of Apis Mel in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Materia Medica Sources
H.C. Allen - no Apis Mellifica
T.F. AllenBoenninghausenBoerickeBogerClarke  
Hahnemann - no Apis Mellifica
HeringKent Lectures  
Kent New remedies - no Apis Mellifica
Reversed & reworded Kent repertory  
Morrel - no Apis Mellifica
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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 worse 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 Mellifica. 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.

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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.

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Complementary; Nat, mur. The “chronic,” Apis Mellifica.; Also Baryta Carb., if lymphatics are involved. Inimical. Rhus.
Compare: Apium virus (auto-toxaemia, with pus products); Zinc.; Canth.; Vespa; Lachesis.

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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.

Behaviour; shrieking

Behaviour; shrieking; brain cry


Death; presentiment of death

Delirium; during sleep

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; indifference, apathy, etc.

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; irritability

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; weeping, crying, tearful mood (lamenting)

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; weeping, crying, tearful mood (lamenting); causeless, groundless, with no reason

Intellectual faculties; impaired thinking; absent-minded (see forgetful)

Insanity; busy

Insanity; erotic

Unconsciousness; during fever

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Vertigo, dizziness

During headache

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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.

Bores head in pillow

Congestion (see pulsation)

Congestion (see pulsation); open air

Congestion (see pulsation); fullness

Congestion (see pulsation); before period

Congestion (see pulsation); during period

Congestion (see pulsation); warm room

Constriction, tension (see also pulling, pressing)


Hot; open air

Hot; in a warm room

Hot; forehead

Hot; forehead; cool air

Heaviness (see pain; pressing)

Heaviness (see pain; pressing); open air

Heaviness (see pain; pressing); warm room

Hydrocephalus (water on the brain: headache, drowsiness, vomiting)

Pain, headache

Pain, headache; with high or low temperature; headache during the heat

Pain, headache; walking; in open air

Pain, headache; warm room

Pain, headache; in forehead; when indoors; in a warm room

Pain, headache; back of head (occiput)

Pain, headache; top of head (vertex)

Pain, headache; pressing (see bursting, pulling); when indoors; in a warm room

Pain, headache; pressing (see bursting, pulling); forehead

Pain, headache; pressing (see bursting, pulling); forehead; open air

Pain, headache; pressing (see bursting, pulling); forehead; warm room

Pain, headache; stitching, sudden, sharp; temples

Skin and scalp; erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour)

Swollen, and feeling swollen

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Lids Swollen, red, Oedematous, everted, inflamed; burn and sting

Conjunctiva bright red, puffy

Lachrymation hot


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.

Conjunctiva (external lining of eye); swelling

Cornea (transparent part of eye); spots and specks, on cornea

Discoloration; redness

Discoloration; redness; lids


Inflammation; acute

Inflammation; erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour, see face)

Inflammation; heat

Inflammation; infants

Inflammation; wounds; conjunctiva (external lining of eye)

Inflammation; wounds; conjunctiva (external lining of eye); oozing pus (including cornea)

Inflammation; wounds; lids

Pain; burning, smarting, gnawing, biting

Pain; burning, smarting, gnawing, biting; warm room

Pain; as from something in eye

Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp

Pain; stinging

Stiffness; lids

Strabismus (eyes incorrectly aligned)


Swellings; lids

Swellings; lids; from fluid accumulation

Swellings; lids; under the lids

Swellings; lids; upper lids

Tears; burning

Ulceration; cornea (transparent part of eye)


Dim; evening; when reading

Weak (see eyes, weak); using eyes


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External ear red, inflamed, sore; stinging pains.

Pain; with sore throat

Pain; on swallowing

Skin; discoloration; redness

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Coldness of tip of nose

Red, swollen, inflamed, with sharp pains.

Coldness; tip of nose

Accumulation of fluid

Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp

Skin or lining of nose; discoloration; redness; skin erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour)


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Swollen, red, with piercing pain

Waxy, pale, oedematous

Erysipelas with stinging burning oedema

Extends from right to left.

Lips; turned out lips

Pain; stinging

Skin; discoloration; red

Skin; itching (see skin); stinging

Skin; out-breaks on skin; red; erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour)

Skin; out-breaks on skin; red; erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour); fluid accumulation

Skin; out-breaks on skin; red; erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour); periodic

Skin; out-breaks on skin; red; erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour); recurrent

Skin; out-breaks on skin; red; erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour); around eye

Skin; out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash

Skin; shiny skin

Skin; shiny skin; waxy

Stiffness, muscles; lips


Swelling; fluid accumulation

Swelling; scarlet fever

Swelling; around eyes

Swelling; under eyes

Swelling; lips

Swelling; lips; upper

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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

Discoloration; palate (roof of mouth); red

Discoloration; tongue; red

Discoloration; tongue; red; fiery-red

Discoloration; tongue; yellow; bright; shining

Dryness; tongue

Growths, blisters, swellings; blisters; stitching, sudden, sharp, stinging

Growths, blisters, swellings; blisters; tongue

Growths, blisters, swellings; blisters; tongue; burning

Inflammation; tongue

Swelling; tongue

Gums; watery-look

Teeth; grinding

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Swellings after bites; Sore, sensitive


Erysipelas, with sensitiveness and swelling, rosy hue

Carbuncles, with burning, stinging pain ( Ars.; Anthrac) Sudden puffing up of whole body.

Discoloration; red

Discoloration; white

Abnormal growths; warts; waxy

Inflammation; skin erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour)

Inflammation; skin erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour); with swelling


Itching; stinging

Out-breaks on skin; boils; painful boil, shedding skin and tissues (carbuncle); stinging

Out-breaks on skin; burning

Out-breaks on skin; measles

Out-breaks on skin; scarlet fever

Out-breaks on skin; stinging

Out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash

Out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash; night

Out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash; during fever

Out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash; nodular

Out-breaks on skin; like nettle rash; while perspiring

Pain; burning

Pain; stinging






Swelling; pale

Swelling; stinging

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Constricted, stinging pains

Uvula swollen, sac-like.

Larynx (voice box); bruised feeling

Discoloration; redness; throat

Glazed appearance

Inflammation; erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour)

Inflammation; uvula (lobe at back of mouth)

Membrane, exudation, diphtheria, etc.

Pain; stinging

Pain; stinging; when not swallowing

Pain; sudden, sharp; on swallowing

Swelling; uvula (lobe at back of mouth)

Swelling; uvula (lobe at back of mouth); fluid accumulation

Tickling in the air passages; in throat-pit


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Heart; angina pectoris

Lungs; fluid build up in chest cavity (pulmonary oedema)

Oppressed feeling

Oppressed feeling; during chill

Oppressed feeling; warm room


Pain; heart

Pain; burning

Pain; burning; front part

Pain; sore, bruised

Pain; sore, bruised; from coughing

Pain; sore, bruised; collar bone; above

Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; breast

Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; heart

Skin; out-breaks on skin; breast; inflammation from infection, deep red colour on breast

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While lying down

While lying down; night; midnight, cough wakens him

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Hoarseness; Dyspnea, breathing hurried and difficult

Oedema of larynx

Feels As if he could not draw another breath

Suffocation; short, dry cough, suprasternal


Difficult (dyspnea)

Difficult (dyspnea); open air

Difficult (dyspnea); during chill

Difficult (dyspnea); constriction of larynx

Difficult (dyspnea); with skin diseases; suppressed out-breaks on skin

Difficult (dyspnea); with heat

Difficult (dyspnea); when overheated

Difficult (dyspnea); lying down impossible

Difficult (dyspnea); while lying down

Difficult (dyspnea); while lying; lying with the head low

Difficult (dyspnea); wants doors and windows open

Difficult (dyspnea); from warmth; in a warm room


Like deep snoring; daze and crying out as with a sharp pain

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Inflammation; with suffocation, worse in warm room

Pain; coccyx (bottom tip of spine)

Pulsating; neck

Pulsating; neck; extending to shoulder

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Stomach; Sore feeling


Vomiting of food

Craving for milk ( Rhus.)

Sore, bruised on pressure, when sneezing

Extremely tender

Dropsy of abdomen


Swelling in right groin.


Inflammation; neck of large intestine (right side, between hip and ribs. typhlitis)

Pain; sore, bruised, tenderness, etc.

Pain; sore, bruised, tenderness, etc.; behind lower ribs

Pain; sore, bruised, tenderness, etc.; right side, between ribs and hip

Pain; stinging

Swelling; from watery fluid; abdominal cavity

Bladder; inflammation

Bladder; pain; pressing, pressure

Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed)

Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed); in children

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire)

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); constant

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); during fever

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); frequent (see urination, frequent)

Bladder; urination; painful or difficult urination; painful; dances around the room in agony

Bladder; urination; frequent

Bladder; urination; involuntary, incontinence

Bladder; urination; involuntary, incontinence; night, bed wetting

Bladder; urination; involuntary, incontinence; during cough

Kidneys; inflammation; acute (see albumen)

Kidneys; suppression of urine

Stomach; burping, belching; tasting like food; drinking water

Stomach; thirst; during chill

Stomach; without thirst

Stomach; without thirst; during heat

Stomach; vomiting

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Constipation; during period


Diarrhoea; movement

Pain; soreness

Pain; soreness; after stool

Pain; urge to stool, or urinate, but producing nothing

Pain; urge to stool, or urinate, but producing nothing; during dysentery


Relaxed anus

Skin and lining; excoriated (as if grazed, chaffed); from stool

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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.

Hard; during period


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Burning and soreness when urinating

Suppressed, loaded with casts; frequent and involuntary; stinging pain and strangury; Scanty, high colored


Last drops burn and smart.

Albuminous (white, thick)

Albuminous (white, thick); during pregnancy

Albuminous (white, thick); after scarlet fever


Burning (includes hot)

Ejecting lumps; of tubes


Colour; dark


Milky; in hydrocephalus (water on the brain: headache, drowsiness, vomiting), very little but frequent discharges of milky urine with unconsciousness and delirium

Odour; offensive


Sediment; like coffee beans

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Female; 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.

Male; swelling; scrotum; fluid accumulation

Male; testes and scrotum (balls); scrotum swollen by fluid accumulation

Male; prostate gland; inflammation

Female; congestion; ovaries

Female; fluid build up (see swelling); ovaries

Female; miscarriage

Female; hardness; ovaries; right

Female; heaviness; ovaries

Female; inflammation; ovaries

Female; inflammation; womb

Female; pain; ovaries

Female; pain; burning; ovaries

Female; pain; burning; ovaries; during miscarriage

Female; pain; burning; ovaries; after sexual intercourse

Female; pain; piercing, stabbing; ovaries

Female; pain; stinging; ovaries

Female; sexual intercourse; desire increased; in widows

Female; swollen; enlarged; ovaries

Female; swollen; enlarged; ovaries; right

Female; tumours; ovaries

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Extremities, limbs



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.

Arthritic nodules

Arthritic nodules; finger joints


Awkwardness; hands; drops things

Coldness; lower limbs; knee; during chill

Coldness; lower limbs; foot

Sensation of enlargement; foot

Inflammation; joints

Inflammation; leg; skin erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour)

Inflammation; toes; skin erysipelas (inflamed from infection, deep red colour)

Numbness (see tingling); upper limbs

Pain; burning; foot; toes

Paralysis; on one side of body (hemiplegia); left

Skin; discoloration; hand; red

Skin; discoloration; knee; purple; spots

Skin; discoloration; foot; pale

Skin; felon (whitlow, onychia, paronychia, foot rot, etc.); itching

Skin; felon (whitlow, onychia, paronychia, foot rot, etc.); whitlow, foot rot

Skin; felon (whitlow, onychia, paronychia, foot rot, etc.); stinging pain

Skin; itching; lower limbs

Stiffness; foot

Stiffness; foot; night

Stiffness; toes

Swollen; fluid in tissues

Swollen; hand

Swollen; hand; fluid accumulation

Swollen; lower limbs; fluid in tissues

Swollen; lower limbs; fluid in tissues; after scarlet fever

Swollen; lower limbs; stinging

Swollen; ankle

Swollen; foot

Swollen; foot; night

Swollen; foot; fluid accumulation

Swollen; foot; sensation of

Swollen; toes; not visible

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Sleep and dreams

Very Drowsy

Dreams full of care and toil

Screams and Sudden startling during sleep.

Symptoms during chill

Deep; during heat

Sleepiness, tiredness

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Fever and chill

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.



Open air

Beginning in particular area; abdomen and extending from abdomen

Beginning in particular area; chest


During movement

At certain time of day or night; from 3 p.m.

At certain time of day or night; from 3 p.m.; to 4 p.m.; 5 p.m.

At certain time of day or night; from 4 p.m.

At certain time of day or night; from 4 p.m.; to 5 p.m.

Warm room

In warmth; in warm room; not relieved in warm room, nor by a warm heater

In warmth; in warm room; smothering in warm room

Warmth is unbearable


Morning; with chilliness


Afternoon; with chilliness

Localised; cerebro-spinal fever

Burning heat

Burning heat; afternoon

Fever without chill

Fever without chill; afternoon; 3 p.m.; to 4 p.m.

With chilliness

Continued fever; with skin out-break

Fever with skin out-break; measles

Fever with skin out-break; scarlet fever

Desire to uncover


Warmth; covering

Warmth; warm room

Warmth; warm room; heat of the room is intolerable


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Injuries and accidents

Wounds; penetrating wounds

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Fluid build up; external

Fluid build up; internal

Inflammation; thin, watery membranes

Lethargic, tired

Lying down; lying down

Pain; burning externally


Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid

Sensitive; externally

Sensitive; excessive physical irritability

Suppression of sexual desire

Symptoms not symmetrical; right

Swelling; in general

Swelling; puffy

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); hot feeling; sensation of heat

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warmth

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warmth; warm room

Temperature (felt and effects of temperature); warmth; warm bed



Warmth; warm room

Warmth; warm bed


Weakness (see lethargic, weariness)

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