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Apis – Homeopathic Remedy

Posted on 6th February 2024

The genus name for the honeybee is Apis Mellifera. Apis is a useful homeopathic remedy and this blog is the next in the series of first aid remedies for the family. The origin of this remedy is the venon of the honeybee. As we will see the guiding symptoms will be familiar to anyone who has been stung by a bee, and indeed reflect the characteristics of the bee in common speech – busy as a bee, queen bee and so on.

Apis homeopathic remedy - origin is the venom of the honey bee
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Homeopathic Principles – a quick recap

Classical homeopathy prescribing follows the natural law of similars.  

This means that you select the remedy by matching its picture to the symptoms of the patient.

Every homeopathic remedy has both mental / emotional and physical characteristics.

The patient will not exhibit every characteristic of the remedy.  Just capture the general theme.

Three Legged Stool

Try to establish three out of the following four:

  • the underlying cause
  • the nature of the presenting symptoms
  • things that make the symptoms better or worse (e.g. hot drinks or cold)
  • any wider change in the symptoms of the patient, even if apparently unrelated

Apis – Homeopathic Remedy

First Aid Uses:

This is a remedy for any condition where the classic features of the bee sting are seen. The key symptoms are burning, stinging, redness and swelling. So it is a remedy for bee and other stings (but think also of Ledum). Swellings can occur anywhere, skin, mouth and throat, around the eyes, neck or abdomen. Think of apis when there is an allergic reaction, urinary infection (cystitis) with burning (also consider Cantharis ), tonsilitis and so forth. There may be numbness or paralysis of the affected part.


  • stinging pain with swelling and oedema (fluid retention – anywhere but often about the eyelids)
  • inflammation of the mucous and serous membranes (linings of organs and cavities)
  • a dry fever yet often not thirsty
  • numbness resulting in a certain clumsiness or lack of coordination
  • great irritability – a ‘queen bee’ manner
  • by nature industrious / busy people (busy bee)
  • persons with a strong family focus (protect the hive) or business oriented (workaholic)
  • illness may be denied because the person is too busy, yet they put up with pain poorly

Better or worse:

  • Better for cold applications (so generally worse for heat)
  • Better for exercise
  • Worse mid afternoon

Other points

Where the general picture fits, this remedy can help with more demanding complaints such as shingles (burning pains), kidney disease (leading to oedema), ovarian pain (burning), and asthma (cannot get another breath)

A Small Aside

Local marketing consultants Honeybee capture some of the mental characteristics of bees on their website. Busy bees indeed…

Apis is a homeopathic remedy for busy bees!
society of Homeopaths

Disclaimer: I am a qualified professional homeopath and not a medical doctor. The NHS has many resources, and seeking the opinion of your GP is always of value.

© 2024 Allan Pollock