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Apis Mellifica - General symptoms

The Honey-bee, Bee sting, Apis Mellifera, Apis mel, Apisinum, Apis.

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HPUS indication of Apis Mellifica: Stings
Apis Mellifica
Common symptoms: Stings, Allergy symptoms, Hives.

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Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Apis Mel in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.



(Morning), 5 o'clock, ague.

boring in temples, when awaking.

pressive pain. headache when rising.

pain in forehead. lachrymation.

adhering lids. sticking in the right lower lid.

swelling of the eyes. blowing blood from the nose.

dry palate. mucus in the mouth.

hawking mucus. accumulation of mucus and hawking.

pain in the throat. burning in chest and stomach.

sensation of soreness in the abdomen.

pain in the abdomen. after rising, pain in the abdomen and urging to stool.

urging to stool and pain.

stool. soft stool. diarrhoea.

hoarse. when rising, pain in nape of neck.

crawling on the knee. drowsy.

yawning. heat.

(Evening), Vertigo, when standing.

dizzy and weak. vertigo and headache.

headache. piercing in the temples.

piercing in the eyes and weakness.

pain in the eyes, when sewing.

lachrymation. cold nose.

coryza worse. chapping of the lower lip.

toothache. dry under the tongue.

pain in the abdomen. pain in the ovaries.

hoarseness, beginning.

cough. chapping of the hands.

feet swollen. faint. sleepy.

sleepy and startled. increased aversion to cold.

chilliness. chilliness and cold fingers.

sensation of heat..

Headache and chilliness, from 8 to 10 in the evening, with some toothache.

pain in the forehead, first left side, then right, thus alternating.

afterwards, in the vertex, right side, where it is also sensitive to the touch.

then in the temples, and, at last, again in the forehead, right side (second day).

morning of the third day, pain again in forehead, left side,.

Piercing itching around the eyes, in the brows, lids, and in the eyes themselves, more in the left, especially in the inner canthi, with a desire to rub the eyes while pressing them hard.

with this, soreness and smarting on the margin of the lids, in the canthi, and in the eye itself.

quivering of the eyeball, and a feeling in the eyes all day as if there were mucus in them, especially in the left,.

A small, rough, reddish tetter in the centre of the lobe of the left ear, extending somewhat back.

remained in the antrum after an eruption caused by preparing Rhus Tox Rhus.

was entirely removed after Graphites Graphites.

after five months, appeared again, a week after taking the Apis, and remained a week.

was only removed after Graphites Graphites,.

Tension in the face waked him at 1 o'clock at night.

the nose was swollen and the right eye and cheek.

stinging pain when touched.

under the right eye, beginning at the top of the nose, red stripes crossed the cheeks, lasted till 4 o'clock.

the following day, again, after midnight, rapid swelling of the upper lip, with heat and burning redness, lasting till toward morning.

third night, a sudden running across the right cheek, like a little insect, and stung him beside the nose, upon which the cheek and upper lip swelled,.

Took the poison of the queen bee.

first, I had a bitterish taste, which afterwards became more sharp and pungent, spreading over the whole fauces to the jaws, forcing the saliva from its channels. The tongue was affected as after chewing the Spanish Bertram root, but in a less degree. There was at the same time great activity in every part of the mouth, as if I had taken ten to twelve drops of the strongest alcohol. Emboldened by this, I tasted the poison of the common working bees, and that of wasps. It was the same, only that of the working bees was milder and less than that of the wasps (Swammerdam)..

Not until some hours after the sting, the throat swelled inwardly, then outwardly.

voice grew hoarse. breathing and swallowing very difficult.

Hoarseness, mornings, with dryness in the throat and no thirst, and drinking is of no use.

at the same time, soreness in the suprasternal fossa, and sensitiveness to pressure, likewise, in the region above both clavicles.

later, violent stitches through the lungs, here and there, through the hips and sides of the chest, with aching all over, but especially in the left breast.

constantly, a peculiar sensation as if cords were being pulled from the suprasternal fossa, downwards and sideways, in different directions,.

Severe cough, especially after lying and sleeping.

the tickling that causes it, in a little spot, very distinctly deep down on the posterior wall of the windpipe (second day, before midnight).

would like something to reach it with and brush over it.

his head aches while coughing.

he must bend it back, and hold it so that the shock cannot act with such violence.

as soon as the least bit of mucus loosens, he is better,.

Cough prevents sleep, after lying down, and wakens him towards midnight, with the same distinct clicking down back, which irresistibly irritates to violent shocks that are felt in the head.

ceases directly after the loosening of a small lump of mucus, which is swallowed (third to fourth days).

cough the fourth and fifth days, only evenings, not at night,.

In the region of the left ovary, pain as if strained, more when walking, evenings at 6 o'clock.

after several hours, also, a bearing down on right side, and a lame feeling in the shoulder-blades.

towards 11 o'clock, when walking, she is compelled to bend forward, on account of a contractive, painful sensation in the abdomen.

still felt the following morning, somewhat to the left (first day),.

At night, on removing the boots and socks, he found that his feet were swollen full, with a sensation of heaviness and stiffness.

the upper parts of the feet felt bungling and itched, and were of a bright red color.

on the soles of the feet and balls of the toes painful fulness, and as if he stepped on cushions when he walked (sixth day, from many large doses),.

Sensation of heat through the whole body, without external sensation of heat.

the trembling feeling, as formerly.

pulse 88. after several minutes she grows dizzy while standing, and as if about to faint.

is compelled to sit. turns very pale, and feels nausea to vomiting.

after lying down on the sofa she fell asleep.

anxious starting in sleep, with some cough.

turns on the other side, and sleeps quietly (evenings, soon after repeated doses, second day),.

Apis Mellifica acts on cellular tissues causing oedema of skin and mucous membranes.

The very characteristic effects of the sting of the bee furnish unerring indications for its employment in disease. Swelling or puffing up of various parts, EDEMA, red rosy hue, stinging pains, soreness, intolerance of heat, and slightest touch, and afternoon worse are some of the general guiding symptoms. Erysipelatous inflammations, dropsical effusions and anasarca, acute, inflammation of kidneys, and other parenchymatous tissues are characteristic pathological states corresponding to Apis Mellifica. Apis acts especially on outer parts, skin, coatings of inner organs, serous membranes. It produces serous inflammation with effusion, membranes of brain, heart, pleuritic effusion, etc. Extreme sensitiveness to touch and general soreness is marked. Constricted sensations. Sensation of stiffness and as of something torn off in the interior of the body. Much prostration.

Stinging burning, prickling, smarting, like hot needles

Must lie down

Rapid onset

SUDDEN; SHRILL CRIES or pains, that extort cries; nervousness, swelling, effusion, etc

SENSITIVE; to pain

Sharp STINGING burning or bruised SORENESS; of brain, ABDOMEN, ovaries, bladder, etc

PUFFINESS, shiny redness OEdema; of eyelids or lips; red; saccular

BURNING-itching Infections





Irritable, excitable, jealous, fussy and fidgety or apathic

Foolishly suspicious

Nervous and awkward or absent-minded; drops things


Head pains; stabbing or as of a blow; worse occiput ROLLS THE HEAD

Numb, tired headache, better pressure

Painful hair

Musty head sweat

Cheeks hang down

Eyes puffy; conjunctiva or lids like water-bags; red; chemosed

Perforating corneal ulcer

Profuse hot tears

Photophobia; yet can't bear coverings


Blindness, better stool


Face puffy or red, worse about eyes; waxy pallor Scarlatinal otitis


Red nose

Cold nose

Red mouth or tongue

Grinds teeth

Tongue vesicles on edge; swelled; raw; as if burnt; sore

Sandy, glazed or translucent pharynx, better cold things

OEdema of uvula

Purpleness of throat

Meaty, red tonsils

Right tonsil, better cold drinks


Diphtheria; early prostration (Mercurius Cyanatus Merc-cy---- ); dirty membrane

ADIPSIA; but thirst during chill


Orange yellow or Lycopersicum tomato-sauce stools; odorless; worse motion

Anus sore, swelled; oozes blood or stands open (Phosphorus Pho)

Burning urination


Scant, foul urine; coffee-grounds sediment


Ovaries numb; tumor of r

; cystic

Amenorrhoea of puberty

Panting breathing; feels as if every breath would be his last

Air hunger

Larynx, drawn in

Thirstless and dropsical

Abdomen tight, as if to break, on straining at stool

Profuse urine, but drinks little

Ovaries congested, with suppressed menses

Heart, stitches backward from apex; beat shakes whole body

Hands and feet numb

Palms hot

Nails feel loose

Skin rosy red; sensitive; rough eruption on; sting-like spots on; pale

Large urticaria

Asthma from hives


Dry, hot skin, alternates with gushes of sweat

SLEEPY, but too nervous; when hot; and CRIES OUT

Kicks covers off

Weak, quick pulse

Chill anticipates; with dyspnoea, urticaria, desire to uncover; alternates with heat; right side

BURNING HEAT; but chilly if moved; without thirst; at 4 PM

Heat of one part, with coldness of another

Sweat in gushes; partial

Apium virus. Honey-bee poison. N. O. Insecta. Tinctures are made of the whole bee; and of dilutions of the poison with alcohol.

Abscess. Ankles, swelling of. Apoplexy. Asthma. Bladder, affections of. Carbuncle. Chancre. Constipation.

of sucklings. Diarrhoea. Diphtheria. Dissection wounds. Dropsy. Ear, erysipelas of. Erysipelas. Erythema nodosum. Eyes, affections of.

ulceration of. Trachea, irritation of. Tumours. Typhus. Urethritis. Urine, abnormalities of. Vaccination. Varicose veins. Variola. Wounds.

give leading keynotes for its employment in a great variety of conditions. In addition to these there is great sensitiveness of the surface to touch. General soreness "every hair is painful to contact." Great debility as if he had worked hard.

is compelled to lie down. Tired and bruised feeling. Great restlessness and fidgetiness (the Arsenicum Album Arsen. restlessness is more from mental anxiety). Trembling, jerking, and twitching. One half of the body twitching, the other lame or paralysed. Hemiplegia. Apis is more a right-side medicine.

Nash.) Apis has slow action and must not be changed too soon. Increased flow of urine shows it is having a favourable effect. The dropsies of Apis are characterised by a waxy hue of skin, whitish or yellowish.

transparent swelling of eyelids.

bag-like swelling under eyes.

surface of body sore, bruised, or burning. In cardiac dropsy the feet swell after walking, and are intolerably sore and burning. In chest affections there is sensation of contraction (Lachesis Lach.) and inability to lie down. Tension, swelling, and stiffness of limbs. This tight sensation is manifested in another symptom sensation in abdomen as if something tight would break if too much effort was made to void a constipated stool. Aversion to tight things like Lachesis Lach. Prostration even to faintness. Paralytic weakness. Paralysis (after diphtheria and other severe diseases). Nervous, restless, over-sensitive.

or hot and drowsy, with or without thirst. agg. From touch or pressure (though the head is amel. by pressure). In this Apis resembles the Antimonies, and it is like them in sensitiveness to heat, especially to heated rooms (Pulsatilla Puls., Iodium Iod., Kali Iodatum Kali iod., Camphora Camph., Secale Cornutum Secale, Sulphur Sulph.).

agg. by warmth of bed. Cold water amel. Many symptoms (eyes and chest) are agg. in the night, and sleep is disturbed by piercing cries, or else by moaning and whining. agg. In morning mucus in mouth, restlessness, diarrhoea. agg. In evening erysipelas, giddiness, headache, chills, fever. Many symptoms are agg. lying down, and amel. sitting.

Poison of the Honey bee. Brauns, 1835. Apium virus.

It is rough and can be felt as a rough rash under the fingers. The patient at this time is greatly distressed by heat and the skin is sensitive to touch with the rash or without it. Nodular swellings here and there come and go.

Then comes an erysipelatous inflammatory condition, in patches, here and there, about the head, with great tumefaction about the face, eyes and eye-lids.

Erysipelas may occur anywhere, but it more commonly belongs to the face and runs to a high degree of inflammatory action, with stinging, burning and oedema. In the extremities we have a marked dropsy, swelling with pitting upon pressure.

A general anasarca may appear. The face is greatly swollen at times, the eyelids look like water bags, the uvula hangs down like a water bag, the abdominal walls are of great thickness and pit upon pressure, and the mucous membranes in any part look as if they would discharge water if they were punctured.

Puffing or oedema, with pitting upon pressure, is a general condition that may be present in any inflammatory state, There is a general amelioration from cold and aggravation from heat. The skin symptoms and the patient are aggravated from heat.

Apis Mellifica prevails also in the mental state, in inflammatory conditions; in cardiac conditions, in dropsy, in sore throat, etc. Sometimes this aggravation amounts to aggravation from warm drinks, warm room, warm clothing, warmth of the fire, etc.,; if it is heat the patient is greatly disturbed.

Brain In brain troubles, if you put an Apis patient with congestion of the brain into a warm bath he will go into convulsions, and consequently warm bathing is not always "good for fits"

It is taught in old school text-books so much that the old women and nurses know that a hot bath is good for fits, and before you get there just as like as not you will have a dead baby.

Apis Mellifica congestion of the brain, with little twitchings and threatening convulsions, makes them put the baby in a hot bath, and it is in an awful state when you get there. If the baby needs Opium or Apis in congestion of the brain the fits become worse by bathing in hot water.

If the nurse has been doing that kind of business you have learned the remedy as soon as you enter the house, for she will say the child has been worse ever since the warm bath, has become pale as a ghost and she was afraid he was going to die.

There you have convulsions worse from heat, pointing especially to Opium and Apis That is the way with Apis all through. It is not laid down in the books that Apis is worse in the throat symptoms from warm drinks and wants altogether cold things, and will not take warm things which aggravate, but one of our graduates wrote me that by making use simply of the generals, as he had been instructed, Apis conforming to all the rest of the case, he made a beautiful cure of a case of diphtheria which had the relief from cold, which shows how generals are continued into particulars and how they can be made use of.

The generals continue to build and enlarge our Materia Medica. Upon the outer surface then we see that Apis is full of dropsy, red rash, eruptions, urticaria, erysipelas, which inflammations extend to the mucous membranes.

The outer part of man is his skin and mucous membrane. When we are dealing with man from centre to circumference, we think of the innermost as the brain and heart and internal organs that are vital, while their coatings and coverings are external.

Apis affects the things that are external.

it affects the envelopes, the coverings. You notice how frequently it affects the skin and the tissues near the skin, and it also affects the envelopes or coverings of organs.

for example, the pericardium. It establishes serous inflammations with effusion. Apis produces an inflammation of the membranes of the brain. In the serous sac which encloses the heart, pericardium, and also in the peritoneum it produces the same kind of inflammation.

Thus we see that the coverings are especially affected by Apis, viz., the skin and mucous membranes and the coverings of organs; and with these we get dropsy, catarrh and erysipelas.

In all of these inflammatory conditions there is stinging and burning; burning like coals of fire at times, and stinging as if needles or small splinters were sticking in.

The symptoms themselves are great sadness, constant tearfulness without any cause, weeping night and day; cannot sleep from tantalizing thoughts and worrying about everything.

Depression of spirits with constant weeping. Sadness and melancholy; extreme irritability; borrowing trouble about everything. Foolishly suspicious and jealous. Absolutely joyless. Absolutely indifferent to everything that would make her happy or joyful.

No ability to apply things that would make her happy to herself, they must mean someone else. Foolish, silly, childish behavior in a woman in confinement, in a woman in advanced years; talking foolish twaddle, such as a child would talk, on serious, occasions.

Another aspect of the mental state is the delirium, which comes on in serious forms of brain affections in children. The child gradually goes into a state of unconsciousness.

Lies in a stupor, one side of the body twitching the other side motion less, rolling head from side to side; head drawn -back rigidly; pupils contracted or dilated, eyes very red, face flushed, a stupid state or state of semi-consciousness. Child lying with the eyes partly, closed, as if benumbed.

If the child is able to do so it kicks the covers off. If it is in a position where it can look into a large open grate it will be much aggravated. I have seen Apis children who had to be removed from near an open fire.

They will cry, to get away from the heat that comes upon them from the register or open fire. The heat increases every symptom, and sometimes causes them to break out in a cold sweat all over the body, which does not ameliorate their fever nor the burning heat.

Very often the head is rolling and tossing, the teeth gnashing, and the eyes flashing with threatening convulsions, the child carrying the hand to the head at times, a state of semi-consciousness, and the child screams out with that peculiar scream which is known to mean congestion of the brain - cri enc├ęphalique - the brain cry.

The shriek is a very strong Apis feature. The child cries out with this shriek in sleep when going into brain troubles. It says in the text

"Sopor interrupted by piercing shrieks."

We must be able to see in the general beginning of provings the disease which they resemble, for we do not always see the remedy in the advanced state.

We see the diseases in a state of progress, and must be able to see it in its beginning. As was the disease in the beginning so was the remedy in the beginning. Things that have similar beginnings may have similar endings.

"Very busy, restless, changing kind of work, with awkwardness."

Awkwardness is especially found under the fingers, toes and limbs in Apis The whole nervous system shows a disturbance in co-ordination. This disturbance in co-ordination runs through the remedy, awkwardness, staggering with the eyes shut.

Dizziness when the eyes are shut.

"Ailments from fright, rage, vexation, jealousy or hearing bad news."

"After severe mental shock paralyzed on the whole right side."

Violence and rapidity The complaints of Apis are attended with violence and rapidity. They come on with great rapidity, rush on with violence, until unconsciousness is reached. It has been my fortune to see many violent cases of poisoning from the sting of the honey-bee.

When the over sensitive patient is poisoned by the sting he is dreadfully sick. The majority of people in the course of their life have been stung by the honey-bee and a mere little swelling occurs in the region of the sting, a swelling as big as a robin's egg or 4 hen's egg at most, without constitutional states.

that is, when the individual is not sensitive to Apis.

He may have been stung in half a dozen places, and each one gives him a little lump.

But you meet one who is sensitive to the sting of the honey-bee, and if he gets one little sting on any place in his body, he comes down with nausea and anxiety that makes him feel that he is dying, and in about ten minutes he is covered with urticaria from head to foot.

he stings and burns and wants to be bathed in cold water.

he fears that he will die if something is not done to mitigate his suffering, rolls and tosses as if he would tear himself to pieces.

I have seen all these symptoms come on after Apis The antidote for that is Carbolic Acid Carbolic acid I have seen Carbolic Acid Carbolic acid administered in that state, and the patient described the sensation of the Carbolic Acid Carbolic acid going down his throat as a cooling comfort.

He says

"Why, doctor, I can feel that dose go to the ends of my fingers."

When you administer an antidote under such circumstances listen to what your patient says. When you get the true natural antidote, and, at times, when you get the true curative medicine in a case, no matter how high the potency is, the patient will say

"I feel that to the roots of my hair and to the ends of my toes."

Such is the feeling it gives when the true antidotal medicine goes to the innermost portions of his economy, and that is the way we want to get our medicines always, to be guided by the symptoms of our patient that they will tell us what medicine to administer, and when the medicine is administered its highest reaction is of that sort.

The old-fashioned way was to cauterize with Cuprum Metallicum copper and Argentum Metallicum silver nitrate solution, and the modern things are not much better. At the present day, the homoeopathic physician who is not capable of taking eye symptoms as well as lung symptoms and symptoms of any part of the body is not competent to practice medicine.

Apis is a great remedy for the eyes. It has deep-seated inflammatory complaints of the eyes as a result of disease. Inflammations that are erysipelatous in character, that leave thickening of the mucous membrane and lids, and white spots over the eye; opacities.

Inflammation with opacities very extensive or in patches. Enlarged blood vessels.

The swelling of the mucous membranes of the lids is so enormous that they roll out, looking like pieces of raw beef. The fluid will run out over the cheeks in great abundance. Burning and stinging like fire, better from washing, from cold applications, worse from heat.

Chronic eye troubles that are worse from looking into an open fire, worse from radiated heat; wants something cold applied. Chronic granular lids. The results of chronic inflammation are numerous and extensive. Worse from looking at white things, worse from looking at the snow.

Pain in the eyeballs, pain deep in the eyeballs, stitches, burning, stinging and shooting. Chemosis. Apis is often suitable for old scrofulous affections of the eyes. Vascular. affections, the veins are enlarged.


"Congestion to the eyes, blood-vessels injected;" whole conjunctiva inflamed.

Photophobia. Rheumatic ophthalmia, that is, a high grade of inflammation of the eyes in rheumatic subjects. Catarrhal inflammation of the eyes; scrofulous inflammation of the eyes. Hot tears gush out of the eyes; burning in the eyes.

Erysipelas of the eyes and sides of the face, extending from the right to the left This direction is an Apis feature in many other respects.

Erysipelas commences on the right side of the face, extends over the nose to the left side.

Inflammation commences in the right side of the abdominal viscera and extends over to the left. In inflammation of the ovary the right is preferred to the left. The right side of the uterus is preferred. Pains in the whole right side of the pelvis extending over towards the left. Burning stinging here and there extending from right to left.

Inflammation of the middle ear in connection with or after scarlet fever.

Apis cures diphtheria, especially when there is a high grade of inflammation and the membrane is scanty or comes slowly or insidiously, and it is somewhat of a surprise the gradual progress it makes.

the parts are oedematous and the soft palate is puffed like a water-bag, and the uvula hangs down with a semi-transparent appearance like a bag of water.

All around the throat and mouth there is an oedematous condition looking as if it would flow water if pricked. Burning, stinging pains in the throat ameliorated by cold and aggravated by heat. Aversion to all warm substances and drinks.

The tongue swells until it fills the mouth, worse on the right half of the tongue, or involving the right side first. Raw beef appearance, denuded appearance of the tongue and buccal cavity and throat.

Various kinds of swelling in the throat; benign swellings, with burning, stinging and redness. Ulcers in the throat that come as a result of this inflammation. Apis is suitable in the severest forms of sore throat accompanying scarlet fever.

Scarlet fever It cures scarlet fever when the symptoms agree, and it is not an uncommon thing for Apis to be suited to scarlet fever, though the rash is sometimes rough.

The scarlet fever rash is not always smooth and shiny. When the rash does not come out at all the face is very pallid, with a high grade of inflammation of the throat.

the scarlet fever is in the family, and the skin is red without any rash.

in those cases that are worse from heat, want the covers off, and are sensitive to the heat of the room.

The patient desires a low temperature in the room, is worse from heat, wants cool things, worse from radiated heat especially, or hot air that comes from a register or fire.

He suffocates when a little warm air is radiating over the body. He is disturbed from heat even in the chill of an intermittent fever; if in a warm room when having a chill, he suffocates. So it is with the scarlet fever, with the sore throat, and in diphtheria; from the least whiff of radiated heat he suffocates.

He wants the doors and windows open, wants something cold. Sometimes the scarlet fever patient will go into convulsions because the rash fails to come out.

Apis is sometimes a suit able remedy and must be compared with Cuprum Metallicum Cuprum, Zincum Metallicum Zincum and Bryonia Bryonia A warm bath will intensify the convulsion.

"Sensation of constriction and erosion in the throat in the morning."

"Could not shallow solid food."

With these complaints there is often shivering, shuddering, little chills intermingled with the febrile state. Many times you will think to comfort him by covering him up with a warm blanket, but it will make him worse, he will throw it off.

A child will kick off the covert an adult who is shivering while covered up will kick off the covers. These strange and peculiar things are guiding features, things that cannot be accounted for.

Apis causes soreness and tightness throughout the abdomen and hypochondria. Sensation of tightness runs through many of the complaints of Apis The abdomen is distended with gas.

Meteoritic condition, great tension and fullness, hard and drum-like. In all inflammatory complaints, in peritonitis, inflammation of the liver, inflammation of the pelvis, there is great tension, tightness.

but this tightness is not always general, sometimes it is local.

sometimes it is with little congestion, but tightness prevails throughout the abdomen, and this tightness makes it impossible for the patient to cough for fear something will burst.

The cough makes him feel as if something would be torn. Cannot strain at stool. This is common in the abdominal and pelvic complaints of women. The woman will say she cannot strain at stool, because of the feeling that if she strains something will break loose.

The same state exists in the chest It seems that on coughing something will tear loose, as if the fibres are in a state of tension or stretching.

Hypersensitive state of the liver; inflammation of the liver and spleen. Pain under the short ribs, worse on the left side.

"Pains from below the ribs spreading upward. Obliged to bend forward from a painful contracted feeling in the hypochondria."

All the complaints are likely to make the patient bend forward and flex the limbs, because the state of tension is painful.

Sensitiveness of the stomach to touch. Over the whole abdomen she is so sore that touch is extremely painful; in all the inflammatory complaints of women the abdomen is very sore and painful. Soreness, distension and stinging burning pains through the abdomen. Burning beat in the stomach.

In the external abdomen there is an oedematous state. Dropsy, sometimes alone, sometimes with anasarca. Limbs swollen to the full extent, pitting upon pressure, the feet and limbs swollen, with burning, stinging and numbness in the limbs.

Feeling as if the intestines were bruised. Watery diarrhea is common in Apis; yellow stools, green stools, olive green stools, watery stools, etc.

Every day six to eight diarrheic stools, which smell like carrion. It is especially useful in a peculiar kind of stool occurring in children and infants, and intermingling of blood, mucus and food, giving the stool an appearance like Lycopersicum tomato sauce.

The anus protrudes with stool and seems to remain open, an open anus like Phosphorus Phosph, and Pulsatilla Puls Chronic diarrhea dysentery, haemorrhage from the bowels.

In its constipation it is related more commonly to head troubles. He goes many days without a stool. The bowels seem to be perfectly paralyzed, with congestion of the brain and acute hydrocephalus.

The urine is scanty, coming only in drops. Much straining before the urine will start, and then only a few drops; dribbling a little hot urine, burning urine, bloody urine. As soon as a few drops collect in the bladder the urging comes, constant, ineffectual urging.

Later the urine is almost suppressed. Infants go a long time without passing urine screeching and carrying the hand to the head, crying out in sleep, kicking off the covers. Very often a dose of Apis will be found useful.

It is often called for in scarlet fever when the urine is loaded with albumen. Urinary troubles, with swelling of the genitals, and the swelling is oedematous

Scanty urine in little boys, with the foreskin enormously distended, or in hydrocele. Every time the call to urinate comes he will shriek, because he remembers the pain he had the last time. Inflammatory complaints of the kidneys and ureters, bladder and urethra.

The whole urinary tract is irritated, very much like Cantharis Cantharis, and these two medicines antidote each other. If you are called to a child that has been drugged with crude Apis you can generally antidote it with Cantharis Cantharis If you go to a woman who has taken Cantharis Cantharis for vicious purposes, you can very often overcome it with Apis The violent frenzy that has been brought on by Cantharis Cantharis will be overcome by Apis

The smarting, burning and stinging along the urinary tract will be found under Apis

"Flow of urine, unconscious."

Stitching pain in the urethra with enuresis. Morbid irritability of the urinary organs.

"Strangury. Agony in voiding urine. Retention of urine in nursing infants."

It is queer how the old women knew, long before Apis was proved, that when the little new-born baby did not pass its water they could find a cure by going out to the bee-hive and catching a few bees, over which they poured hot water, and of which they gave the baby a teaspoonful.

Some domestic things like that have been known among families and among nurses, and it is consistent because it is just like what we give Apis for.

"Urine scanty and foetid, containing albumen and blood corpuscles."

Especially in acute albuminuria. The acute inflammatory affection of the kidney with albuminuria, such as occurs in scarlet fever or diphtheria, or after these, such as occurs as a sequel of acute disease.

Inflammation of the kidney closes up the case and kills off a good many in allopathic hands, never in homoeopathic hands. It is closely related to the genital organs of both male and female. Swelling and oedematous state of the genitals. Apis is a great friend of the woman. It cures all of her inflammatory complaints it seems, when the symptoms agree.

That is to say, it produces inflammation of the uterus and ovaries and dreadful sufferings in the external and internal parts, and we have only to discover when the symptoms agree to cure most of these inflammatory troubles.

It even stops abortion. It will stop abortion after some miserable scoundrel has attempted to get rid of the offspring, and she has taken drugs and brought on pains, pains strong enough to expel the contents of the uterus, especially in the first, second and third months.

A little haemorrhage has come on, a mere threatening, the membranes are not yet ruptured, but they soon will be, and she has stinging, burning pains, and lies uncovered and suffers from the heat, probably from the overdose of Secale Cornutum Ergot

Apis will overcome this greatly to her regret. This kind of villainy prevails. But women have accidents and weakness. whereby, in spite of the fact that they desire to hold their offspring, they are threatened with abortion, and Apis is a great friend to the prospective mother.

Burning and stinging pains in the ovaries, especially the right; when greatly enlarged and even cystic, Apis has proved a curative remedy, has often cured tumors, and has caused cystic formations to stop growing or to disappear.

The right ovarian region is very sensitive. Pain in the uterus and ovaries before and during menstruation. Stinging, rending, tearing pains cutting like knives, worse from heat.

It is a very easily got symptom, because in most painful symptoms heat or the hot water bag are tried with the natural hope of relief, but with Apis Mellifica it aggravates. She throws it aside, for the pain is worse from heat.

"Ovaries enlarged", etc Dropsy of right ovary. Ovarian tumor.

Burning, stinging pains (like bee stings); eyelids; throat, panaritium or felon, haemorrhoids, ovaries, (especially right one), breasts (mastitis), skin (erysipelas, urticaria, carbuncles).

Great oedema; general or local (face, ears, eyelids, especially lower); throat (diphtheria); genitals (especially scrotum); skin (erysipelas and urticaria); everywhere; general anasarca, abdomen. These oedemas are accompanied with the characteristic pains, or no pain at all.

Stupor, with sharp, sudden, shrill cries in brain disease (crie encephalique).

Thirstlessness, especially in dropsies and during heat of intermittents.

Skin alternately dry and perspiring.

Suffocative; feels as if every breath would be his last, especially in dropsical conditions or hot stage of intermittents.

Modalities worse after sleep, on touch (very sensitive), from heat and warm room; better cold room or air and cold applications.

Bad effects from suppressed or retrocedent exanthemata; measles, scarlatina, urticaria.

Involuntary diarrhoea, with sensation as if anus were wide open.

So we see how generally the system comes under the action of Apis Mellifica. In skin affections, especially the acute exanthems, this is the grand leading symptom, and is especially indicated in affections of the brain and meninges caused by a sudden suppression of skin diseases.

Apis Mellifica oedematous condition of Apis may be found in almost any part of the body, but is especially prominent in mouth and throat, eyelids and face, around the eyes (Phosphorus Phosphorus, whole Face); lower lids hang down like bags of water. (Kali Carb Kali carb., upper lids). In erysipelas the swelling of the skin is of this oedematous appearance, and generally with stinging pains.

Sometimes the oedema increases until it forms large blister-like bags of water.

The dropsical effusion may be general or local. It is found in the thoracic cavity, in ovaries, in abdominal cavity, scrotum, and genitals of females. One peculiar symptoms which helps to choose between it and other remedies in dropsy is the almost absolute absence of thirst (with thirst, Acetic acid, Arsenicum Album Arsenic and Apocynum Cannabinum Apocynum).

The sleep of Apis is either very restless, or in brain diseases there is deep stupor, interrupted occasionally by piercing screams. Never forget Apis then. In all inflammatory affections and in intermittent fevers, if you find the patient alternately dry and hot, or perspiring, think again of Apis.

No remedy has this alternation so strong as Apis. Sensation as if every breath would be his last is very characteristic, and occurs not only in dropsical troubles of the chest, but seems also to be a nervous symptom. In scarlatina Apis is especially indicated if the eruption is retarded or retrocedent and serious brain troubles result, and it is no less efficacious in post-scarlatinal dropsies if the symptoms do not indicate some other remedies.














Right side; right to left


The well-known effects of a bee's sting

burning, stinging, lancinating pain with excessive swelling