Apis mellifica

What is Apis mellifica?

Apis mellifica is a homeopathic medicine prepared from the Western or European honeybee Apis mellifera (Apidae).
Apis mellifica
Homeopathic medicines containing Apis mellifica have been used for centuries by people suffering from symptoms associated with bug bites or stings.

The process of preparing the homeopathic medicine Apis mellifca involves significantly diluting its animal-based raw material, the honeybee. Click here to learn more about the dilution process and why homeopathic medicines should not be confused with their raw materials.

What is homeopathic Apis mellifica typically used to treat?

  • Nasal congestion
  • Stinging, burning then itching pain
  • Swelling from insect stings or allergies improved by applying something cold
Common brands containing Apis mellifica:
  • Boiron®
  • Hyland’s®
  • Similasan®

How much homeopathic Apis mellifica can you take?

Homeopathic medicines containing this active ingredient have different purposes, dilutions, and directions. That is why it is always important to read and follow the Drug Facts label. The Warnings section indicates the maximum number of days you should use the product. If symptoms persist or worsen, stop use and ask a doctor.

Safety guide for Apis mellifica

Most over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic ingredients are dilutions of the raw material. The level of dilution is identified on a homeopathic medicine’s Drug Facts label. The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) establishes the first safe dilution level for adults and children. For Apis mellifica, the first safe dilution level is the homeopathic base tincture. This tincture is made up of the raw material (honeybee) and a water/alcohol mixture that breaks down the raw material. The tincture is used to prepare OTC homeopathic medicines containing 2X and higher dilutions of Apis mellifica.

Therapeutic claims for Apis mellifica are based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Homeopathic products are not evaluated by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Ask a healthcare provider before use if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not use if:

  • Do not use more than the Drug Facts label indicates unless instructed by a healthcare provider.

Stop use and ask a doctor if:

  • Your condition gets worse or if symptoms persist for more than the duration displayed on the Drug Facts label, usually 3 to 7 days.
  • Your symptoms clear up and return again within a few days.
  • You have an unexpected reaction. Get medical help right away.
  • You develop new symptoms.
  • You take too much. Immediately contact a healthcare provider or the Poison Control national helpline at 800.222.1222.

Resources

The Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) is the official guidebook that outlines standards of identity and purity that homeopathic medicines must meet.

Materia Medica (or “materials of medicine”) contains information about the specific symptoms of disease and the homeopathic medicines used for their treatment.