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. Clinically it is often called for in Skin conditions. ‘Itching,” is a big part of the Apis picture, think Hot Spots and Hives. If the symptoms match it, it may be of benefit in the treatment of Conjunctivitis and Corneal Ulcers. The swelling, pain and redness of Mastitis often responds to treatment with Apis.
Apis, is made from honeybee 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. 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 thirst-less remedy (even during fever), 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. There is also a tendency to shininess where the swollen areas are visible. 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.
Animals in an Apis state are often restless and fidgety, and more so than not, don’t like to be left alone. The also are intolerant of hot rooms and heat in general, and prefer cool air. They are usually very sensitive to touch.
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, does not go well together): Rhus. Tox. disagrees, when used either before or after Apis.
Remedies that follow well: Ars. and Puls.
Dosing Example: 6th to 12c potency. In conditions of edema (fluid retention) use the lower potencies.
Note: Sometimes this remedy's action is slow to get started; so several days of therapy may pass before it acts as a diuretic, then the urine will increase.
Abbreviations: Apis Mel (Honeybee venom)
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