Apis - Veterinary Materia Medica of Homeopathic Remedies
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Apis Mellificia (honey bee venom)

Homeopathic remedy for
This homeopathic remedy is indicated whenever there is edema or other accumulation of fluid. This may be the result of local inflammation, or systemic disease such as cardiac failure or renal (kidney) disease.

Apis, is made from honey bee venom and
insect stings or other allergic reactions will often respond rapidly, and it can be extremely effective in the treatment of angioneurotic edema (an allergic reaction), or hives and hotspots. The symptomatology includes the edema swelling, heat, pain and redness of the skin that one would expect to see with a bee sting, but the homeopathic indications comprise any condition where these signs are present, such as acute arthritis or abscess, etc.

There is always amelioration from cold in any form - hence in hives, the red welts, itch and allergic reaction is made better by cold applications. Compare this with Urtica Urens, where there is aggravation from cold applications.

Apis is a
thirstless remedy, and correspondingly there is retention of urine. Apis can therefore be beneficial where edema of the urogenital tract prevents the free passage of urine, and it is frequently indicated in in animals with Postpartum Renal Failure, on that basis (e.g. Postpartum = following birth) hemolytic uremic syndrome, is a condition for which the cause is unknown, it has a poor prognosis, and is characterized by renal failure).

Any acute allergic reaction, where there is edema, will benefit from Apis so it should be remembered in cases of hydrothorax (fluid on the lungs) and peritonitis (inflammation of the membrane lining the cavity of the abdomen, and covering the abdominal organs) as well as those conditions of a more superficial nature which have been mentioned above.


The characteristic effects of a bee sting, swelling and puffing up, edema, red rosy coloring, stinging pains, soreness, intolerance of heat and the slightest touch. These are its guiding symptoms for use in disease. Allergic reactions can also include swelling that is not visible because it takes place 'inside' of the body, such as in the throat, lungs and kidneys.

Modalities of Apis Mellificia

Worse from any kind of warmth or heat, a stuffy room, and from pressure or touch. Symptoms always seem to be worse in the afternoon, early evening (around 5 p.m.), on the right side, and after resting.

Better (amelioration) in open air, from cool bathing of the affected parts, lying on cold surfaces and from moving about.

Relationship to Other Remedies

Complementary: The 'chronic' of Apis. is Nat. mur.
Consider: Baryta carb., if lymphatics are involved.
Intimical (obstructive): Rhus. Tox. disagrees, when used either before or after Apis.
Ars. and Puls. follow Apis well.

Dose: 6th to 12c potency. In conditions of edema (fluid retention) use the lower potencies.

Sometimes this remedy's action is slow; so several days of therapy may pass before it acts as a diuretic, then the urine will increase.

For detailed treatments and dosing instruction in veterinary homeopathy, we recommend using Pet Remedy Charts, 'Homeopathy to the Rescue' for dogs, cats, horses or birds.

Please Note: Any information given in this website is not intended to be taken as a replacement for medical advice. Anyone with an animal with a medical condition requiring veterinary attention should consult a qualified DVM practitioner or veterinary emergency care clinic.
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