Apis is a wonderfully versatile remedy that belongs in everyone’s home remedy kit. Just about everyone knows the effects of a bee sting – stinging pain, burning, swelling and redness with possible heat radiating from the sting site. These are the main symptoms of this remedy, wherever they are located, even if not caused by a bee sting. There is also the widely used saying “busy as a bee”. This is included in this remedy as well. One who needs this remedy is usually someone who is always busy; someone who always has to be doing something and cannot sit still. In addition, someone needing this may also be someone who is very task oriented and may be a workaholic. It should also be mentioned that Apis, in Homeopathic form, is safe even for those who are allergic to bee stings.
Here are some of the ways that Apis can be used:
Bee stings: The sting will have the typical symptoms of swelling, redness, stinging or burning pain and will feel better when a cold compress is applied.
Other bug bites or stings: Bites from spiders, wasps, yellow jackets and other insects, if the typical bee sting symptoms are present, can also be alleviated with Apis. It is also a helpful remedy for those who react strongly to mosquito bites. If the site of the bite gets swollen, red and hot then this is a good remedy to try.
Hives: I’ve seen this remedy work incredibly well with hives. Generally hives are red, swollen and hot, which makes them a perfect indicator for Apis. The hives may also feel better with a cold compress.
Allergies: This can also be a good remedy for some seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies needing Apis will most always involve swollen, red eyes that may burn.
Urinary Tract Infections/Cystitis: This is one of the remedies to consider for a UTI. This remedy is indicated if there is scalding pain during urination. Urging to urinate will be frequent but little or no urine will pass.
Eczema: If the eczema has marked swelling and redness and feels better with a cold application then this is a remedy to consider.
Headache: This remedy will be indicated for a headache if the pain goes from behind the left ear to behind the left eye or temple. The pain will be worse from heat and better when you go outside into the open air. It may also feel better with a cold application.
Shingles: This remedy can give relief to shingles if the shingles are hot and red with stinging/burning pain. Generally I don’t recommend topical creams but I have seen success using the Homeopathic remedy, Rhus Tox with a topical application of Apis in quite a few cases of shingles.