Apis mellifica is made from the
whole honey bee, Apium virus is simply the clear
poison of the bee triturated.
General action of the poison
- Rapid swellings with redness, burning and stinging pains. Œdema of any part of
the body. Œdematous infiltrations and inflammations. Serous inflammations
Characteristic symptoms of Apis
Sopor with sudden, sharp, shrill screams.
OBJECTIVE. - Œdema and dropsies, local or general. Œdematous swellings.Dropsies without thirst.
» Intolerance of heat.
SUBJECTIVE. - Burning, stinging pains, especially in skin, mucous and serous
Stinging pains. Afternoon aggravation, from 4 to 6.
» Bruised sensations.
MODALITIES. - Great tenderness to touch or contact. Amelioration from cold
applications or cold air.
Right ovarian affections (left, Lach.)
Skin alternately dry and perspiring.
The patient is fidgety and awkward ; drops things ; is very clumsy, or is silly,
laughing and jealous.
Head symptoms : In meningitis it is indicated by the shrill outcries in sleep and especially if
due to a suppressed eruption. Nervous agitation, cephalic cry.
EYE - Asthenopia and chemosis, a puffiness of the conjunctiva
Œdematous swelling of the eyelids and especially under eyes.
Kali carb has swelling over the upper lid like a little bag, and occurring more
often in the morning .
There is less tendency to formation of pus with Apis than with Rhus. Rhus is
relieved by warmth and Apis by cold.
Glossitis or inflammation of the tongue
Great swelling ; vesicles on the tips and sides of the tongue ; the tongue is
very sore and dry, in fact, the whole mouth is sore.
- Great œdema of the throat ; stinging pains ; elongated swollen and œdematous
uvula and tonsils ; breathing is difficult from swelling of the throat and
tongue ; the throat has a red, varnished appearance.Œdema of the glottis.
Stools- Thin, watery, yellow diarrhœa worse in the morning ; the child is much
debilitated and emaciated. Involuntary stools at every movement, as if the anus
stood constantly open.
Urinary symptoms - Urine scanty or suppressed, with general œdema and drowsiness, lack of thirst
and suffocation on lying down. Albuminous urine with tube casts.
External genital - Œdematous swellings of the scrotum, testicles or labiæ.
Ovarian troubles - It affects especially the right ovary. Ovaritis with soreness in the inguinal
region, with burning and stinging and tumefaction. Ovarian cysts in their
incipiency ; numbness down the thigh ; tightness across the chest or a reflex
Respiratory symptoms - Difficult breathing, "he does not see how he can get another breath", cough
seeming to start from a little spot in the larynx, relieved by a little
expectoration. Œdematous conditions about the chest and lungs.
Affections of the joints with burning, stinging pains, swelling from effusions ;
the skin over the joints feeling tightly stretched ; œdema of the extremities.
Skin - Urticaria or nettle rash ; they are pinkish white welts which itch and sting
Urtica urens and Terebinth have urticaria from eating shell fish.
Erysipelas - It is of a rosy, pinkish hue, later livid and purple, the parts become quickly
œdematous, and there is a bruised, sore feeling to the skin.
Dropsy - The skin is waxy and transparent like alabaster ; the urine is scanty and
albuminous, or with a dark sediment like coffee grounds. Patient is thirstless.
Acetic acid :There is a waxy look about the face and limbs and a great
predominance of gastric symptoms, thirst and waterbrash.
Fever - Chill without thirst, followed by burning heat of the whole body and oppression
of the chest, sweat partial without thirst. Left side toothache.
Pains jerking, twitching with aching in head.
For women during pregnancy.
< In a room. Upon the outer surface Apis is full of dropsy, red
rash, eruptions, urticaria, erysipelas, inflammations extend to the mucous
membranes. All over the body is found a thick rough
rash, sometimes of a
rose color.Amelioration from cold and aggravation from heat , aggravation
from warm drinks, warm room, warm clothing, warmth of the fire, etc.,; if it is
heat the patient is greatly disturbed..
The patient is greatly distressed by heat and the skin is sensitive to touch
with the rash or without it. An erysipelatous inflammatory condition with
stinging, burning and oedema (swelling with pitting upon pressure).
Face: greatly swollen , eyelids and uvula look like water bags,
abdominal walls are of great thickness and pit upon pressure, mucous membranes
in any part look as if they would discharge water if punctured.
Opium or Apis in congestion of the brain the fits become worse by bathing in hot
Convulsions worse from heat,Opium and Apis. Apis is worse in the throat symptoms from warm drinks and wants cold things.
Apis affects the skin and the tissues near the skin, also affects the envelopes
or coverings of organs (peritoneum,pericardium,membranes of the brain;serous
inflammations with effusion).
Coverings are especially affected by Apis (skin,mucous membranes,coverings of
organs) with dropsy, catarrh and erysipelas. Stinging (as if needles or small splinters were sticking in), burning like
coals of fire.
MIND: Aggravation from heat and from a warm room, great sadness, constant
tearfulness without any cause, weeping night and day; cannot sleep from
tantalizing thoughts and worrying about everything, suspicious and jealous.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.
Congestion of the brain, meningitis or cerebro-spinal meningitis with
opisthotonos when all the symptoms are aggravated from heat.
Child: If the child is able to do so it kicks the covers off, they will cry, to get
away from the heat. The child cries out in sleep when going into brain troubles,
cri encéphalique - the brain cry.
Very busy, restless, changing kind of work, with awkwardness. Ailments from
fright, rage, vexation, jealousy or hearing bad news.
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
Dizziness when the eyes are shut.
Apis antidote is Carbolic acid.
Eyes: Inflammatory complaints that are erysipelatous in character, that leave
thickening of the mucous membrane and lids, and white spots over the eye;
Inflammation with opacities very extensive or in patches. Enlarged blood
Face: Inflammatory condition with oedema of the lids, both upper and lower, and the
whole face is sometimes in a state of oedema.
Burning and stinging like fire, better from washing, from cold applications,
worse from heat.
Chronic eye troubles worse from looking into an open fire, worse from radiated
heat; wants something cold applied. Chronic granular lids. Worse from looking at white things, worse from looking
at the snow.
Photophobia. 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. 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, uterus - the right is preferred to the left.
All around the throat and mouth there is an oedematous condition
looking as if it would flow water if pricked, soft palate is puffed like a
water-bag, uvula hangs down with a semi-transparent appearance like a bag of
water. Burning, stinging pains in the throat ameliorated by cold and aggravated by
heat. Aversion to all warm substances and drinks.The tongue swells worse on the right half or involving the right side first. Raw
beef appearance, denuded appearance of the tongue and buccal cavity and throat.
Scarlet fever - rash is not smooth and shiny, rash does not come out at all, the
face is very pallid, with a high grade inflammation of the throat; 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.
He is disturbed from heat even in the chill of an intermittent fever; if in a
warm room when having a chill, he suffocates (scarlet fever, sore throat,
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.A warm
bath will intensify the convulsion.
With these complaints there is often shivering, shuddering, little chills
intermingled with the febrile state but covering with a warm blanket, will
make him worse, he throws it off.
A child kicks off the covers, a shivering adult when covered up will kick off
the covers ( strange and peculiar ) .
Sensation of tightness (peritonitis, inflammation of the liver,
inflammation of the pelvis, there is great tension, tightness; 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
(abdominal and pelvic complaints of women).
Inflammation of the liver and spleen. Pain under the short ribs, worse on the
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. 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 yellow stools, green
stools, olive green stools, watery stools - intermingling of blood, mucus and
food, giving the stool an appearance like tomato sauce.
The anus protrudes with stool and seems to remain open, an open anus like Phosph,
and Puls. Chronic diarrhea dysentery, haemorrhage from the bowels.
Constipation Patient goes many days without a stool. The bowels seem to be perfectly
paralyzed, with congestion of the brain and acute hydrocephalus.
Urines: 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.
Scarlet fever when the urine is loaded with albumen. Urinary troubles, with oedematous swelling of the genitals. Scanty urine with the foreskin enormously distended, or in hydrocele. Cantharis, and Apis antidote each other. Retention of urine in nursing infants. Swelling and oedematous state of the genitals. Apis is a great friend of the
It even stops abortion. It will stop abortion after attempts 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
A little haemorrhage has come on, a mere threatening, she has stinging, burning
pains, and lies uncovered and suffers from the heat, probably from the overdose
Burning and stinging pains in the ovaries, especially the right; when greatly
enlarged and even cysts, tumors.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, in most painful symptoms heat or the hot water bag are
tried with the natural hope of relief, but with this remedy it aggravates. She
throws it aside, for the pain is worse from heat.
DIPHTHERIA case by Dr.E.B.Nash (Eugene
Girl, age 14
years, light hair, blue eyes, nervous temperament. Had been sick several days.
Looking into the throat I found the tonsils and uvula greatly swollen ; the
tonsils so much so that the throat was almost completely closed and the uvula
hanging (very much elongated and looking like a bag of
water) down in front of and against them. The whole throat presented
a decidedly œdematous appearance. Both
tonsils were patched with yellowish membrane, with a ring of the same around the uvula.
Breath exceedingly offensive. There was stopping of the nose (the breathing
could be heard across two large rooms), swallowing was almost impossible on
account of the great pain, which streaked up into both ears ; there was
prostration, restlessness with tossing about,
sleeplessness, pulse 130, skin alternately
hot and dry, and then perspiring profusely (very
characteristic of Apis).
Here was a case in which one remedy was clearly and perfectly indicated.
The doctor had used Bell.,
Merc. prot. and other remedies which had served him well in previous
epidemics. But they were of no use here for the simple reason that the two
epidemics were no alike, and different remedies indicated. Apis 6th
was given once in two hours, with the effect of reducing the pulse to 100 in six
hours, and checking the progress of the whole disease at once, which improvement
continued until complete recovery without sequelæ. No remedy has such rapid and
intense œdema of the throat as Apis.
Kali bichromicum has œdema
of uvula, but the two remedies have not much in common.
ARNICA MONTANA - Pain most in molars, lower teeth.
Left side.In decayed teeth.In the gums.
In the interior of the gums.
Beating or pulsating pain, as if bruised or ulcerated.
As if too long. Loose feeling in teeth.
Pressing as if from congestion of blood, as if the teeth were too close.
As if pulled, or lifted out, or wrenched.
< Eating, chewing,motion, touching the teeth.
Cheeks flushed and swollen.
ARSENICUM ALBUM - Gums, painful.
Beating or pulsating.
As if bruised or ulcerated.
As if too long.
Sensation as if loose.
In night, most after midnight.
In the morning, every seventh day, in winter, cold in general, eating, biting,
chewing, when lying down on the painful side, before menstration, while nursing,
when going to sleep , when being talked to by others, touching the teeth when
traveling, warmth of stove , eating something warm, eating, biting.
Sitting up in bed.
Pains extend to head.
Pains extend to ears.
Face, swelling of cheeks.
BELLADONNA - Most in molars.
In decayed teeth.
In the gums.
Beating or pulsating.
Boring. Drawing, tearing.
Gums swollen , bleeding and ulcerated.
Long, as if too.
Pressing, as if from congestion of blood, as if the teeth were too close.
Constant, day and night.
During the day, none in the night.
Worse in night (most after midnight), not during day.
On taking cold by getting wet.
From cold air.
Air, in the mouth <.
For children and women. For sensitive nervous persons.
For those who drink much coffee.
< Air, in open.
Teeth, touching, even very softly.
Nursing, while. Pregnancy, during.
Sleep, when awaking from.
Teeth, touched by food.