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Apis mellifica

Apis mellifica, a remedy of many therapeutic virtues

Apis mellifica refers to the former scientific name of the honey bee (now Apis mellifera). For a thousand years, this bee has been used in various fields, the Egyptians using it to cure several types of diseases. Since its effectiveness has been proven, the bee-produced remedy has extended its scope of action and is now used in homoeopathy to provide pain relief. This product is also used to treat rheumatism and has a large number of applications in the ENT field, particularly in the treatment of conjunctivitis and otitis. Apis mellifica comes in the form of granules, drops, drinkable vials and suppositories.

Method of treatment for ENT diseases

Apis mellifica has a wide application in the field of ENT diseases. For example, it is indicated for the treatment of acute otitis affecting children and adults, and can also be used in case of ear suppuration. It is particularly effective and is the main remedy used to treat many kinds of pathologies. It is recommended to administer Apis mellifica at the first sign of an ear infection, in case of irritation and in the presence of a foreign body. During the course of treatment, it is mandatory to pay attention to personal hygiene. In children, Apis mellifica is particularly effective for treating secretory otitis media and viral otitis.

Indications in ophthalmology

Apis mellifica is indicated for patients who suffer from occasional chronic conjunctivitis accompanied by chemosis, an inflammatory oedema. Note that these symptoms can be linked to an eyelid deformity. Apis mellifica is also recommended in case of allergic conjunctivitis and viral conjunctivitis in infants. In such a case, it is imperative to seek medical attention immediately. Apis mellifica is also well-suited for dealing with cysts and different forms of chalazia, eyelid or tear duct infections. Finally, Apis mellifica is particularly effective in the treatment of styes. If the condition worsens, a doctor must be consulted immediately.

Uses in gynaecology

In gynaecology, Apis mellifica is used to treat ovaritis or ovarian inflammations. These symptoms are usually caused by salpingitis, which is an inflammation of the fallopian tubes, or by ovarian cysts. The remedy is thus particularly effective if the patient feels pain in the ovaries. However, it is better to consult a specialist, especially if the woman is pregnant. Depending on the case being treated, the dose of Apis mellifica can vary considerably.

Indications in urology

Apis mellifica is indicated in urology, especially for people who have difficulties urinating. For example, know that urethritis and cystitis are characterised by dark-coloured urine, a decreasing micturation frequency and a burning sensation occurring during the last drops. Note that urethritis is the most frequent case.

Trauma and ENT care

Apis mellifica is very effective in the treatment of pain caused by various affections.For example, the remedy is recommended to exhausted patient, with an aching body and feeling pain intensified by contact. In addition, treatment with Apis mellifica is imperative in case of painful stinging sensations that constantly change places.

The medication is also effective against several types of infections like sore throat and tonsillitis. A patient presenting an inflamed throat and glottis, as well as swallowing difficulties, must take Apis mellifica.

Recommended dosage

Regardless of the observed pathology, Apis mellifica should not to be taken in combination with any stimulant and energizing product such as coffee, tobacco or mint. Moreover, the remedy should also be taken outside of meals. The doses and granules should be left to dissolve under the tongue, or in a glass of water in the case of infants. If the patient has acute attacks, it is necessary to administer him or her 5 granules of Apis mellifica 9 or 15 CH, in 10 to 15 minute intervals. When the patient’s condition improves, the intervals between the intakes must be extended. In subacute and chronic cases, the recommended dosage is five granules of Apis mellifica 9 or 15 CH, with 2 to 4 daily intakes.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “apis mellifica”

Associated diseases

  • Nursing
  • Angina
  • Arthritis
  • Burns
  • Chemosis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cystitis
  • Cephalalgia
  • Sunburn
  • Fever
  • Hydarthrosis
  • Benign summer light eruption
  • Migraine
  • Edema
  • Mumps
  • Parotitis
  • Pharyngitis
  • Insect bites
  • Pruritus
  • Rhinitis
  • Shingles

Good to know: Apis Mellifica has stronger effects when taken in the form of globules and granules. Before treatment, the patient should check his tolerance level to lactose and sucrose, which is the main component of Apis mellifera, as well as of the rest of the homoeopathic remedies.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.