Apis mellifera

Synonyms: Abeille domestique; Abeja de la Miel; The honey bee.
Cyrillic synonym: Медоносная Пчела Домашняя.

💊 Chemical information


Eur. includes the live worker honey bee for homoeopathic preparations.

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Honey Bee for Homoeopathic Preparations; Apis Mellifera ad Praeparationes Homoeopathicas). Live worker honey bee, Apis mellifera.

💊 Profile

The honey bee is a source of purified honey, royal jelly, propolis, and bee pollen.


Preparations of Apis mellifera have been used in homoeopathic medicines under the following names: Apis; Apis mellifica; Apis mel; Apis mell.


Bee venom has traditionally been used in the treatment of arthritis.1,2 Studies in vitro have shown that bee venom has anti-inflammatory activity similar to that of cyclophosphamide. Melittin appears to be the active constituent, and seems to act by interfering with superoxide radical production from human leucocytes.1
1. Somerfield SD. Bee venom and arthritis: magic, myth or medicine? N Z Med J 1986; 99: 281–3
2. Caldwell JR. Venoms, copper and zinc in the treatment of arthritis. Rheum Dis Clin North Am 1999, 25: 919–28.


For reference to the use of whole body extracts or venom from Hymenoptera spp. for allergen immunotherapy in allergic subjects. For reference to hypersensitivity reactions to bee products see under Royal Jelly.

💊 Preparations

Proprietary Preparations

Multi-ingredient: S.Afr.: Bolus Eucalypti Comp; Switz.: Forapin†.
Published December 22, 2018.