Apis would have to be the first aid or emergency remedy that most beautifully represents the foundational principles of homeopathy
Think about the classic representation of a bee sting – burning, stinging, sharp pain and swelling with redness at the site of the injury.
It’s these symptoms that, if you see them in other areas of the body, can possibly be relieved using Apis.
- Stings and bites
- Allergies of eyes, mouth, throat
- Fever (not accompanied by thirst)
In a nutshell:
Bites and stings. Oedematous swellings. Parts feel contricted. Redness. Pains burning and stinging. Restlessness. Thirstlessness. ‘Styes, also prevents their recurrence’ – Boericke. Sore throat with stinging pains and swollen uvula.
Better: cold applications.
Worse: heat; 4-6pm.
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Apis is specific for any stings or bites where the skin is itchy and swollen with redness or heat. This remedy is also used for other conditions characterised by burning, stinging and/or stabbing pain such as mild urinary tract complaints. In addition, it can help reduce fluid retention and ameliorate allergic conditions of the eyes, mouth and throat. Apis can improve conditions affecting the lining of the joints, chest and abdomen eg: arthritis, pleurisy and peritonitis.
Apis can be used to treat eruptions on the skin such as measles, urticaria and/or scarlatina, as well as inflammations of the kidneys, liver, throat and/or ovary.
It is useful for rheumatic inflammations and basically any allergic reaction accompanied by swelling and burning pain, including jelly-fish stings, blisters on the feet and actual burns to the skin.