Apis mellifica


Dr. S.R. Phatak describes the clinically confirmed symptoms of the homeopathic remedy Apis Mellifica in his Concise Materia Medica, published in 1977….


Generalities

      The well known effects of a bee sting; burning, stinging, smarting, prickling, lancinating pain, with excessive swelling; are the leading symptoms for the selection of this remedy. It acts on CELLULAR TISSUE esp. of eyes, face, throat, ovaries, causing oedema of skin and mucus membranes. In the SEROUS MEMBRANES of heart, brain, pleura etc. it produces inflammation with effusion. Various parts are swollen, PUFFED UP; become oedematous and of shiny, red-rosy colour. The burning is like hot needles. There is great debility, as if he had worked hard; is compelled to lie down. Symptoms develop rapidly. The pains are sudden that extort cries. SUDDEN SHRILL CRIES in hydrocephalus and meningitis. Extreme sensitiveness to touch and general bruised SORENESS is marked; of brain; ABDOMEN; ovaries; bladder. Sensation of constriction. Sensation of stiffness and as of something torn off the interior part of the body. Great restlessness and fidgetiness. Trembling, jerking and twitching. One half of the body twitching, the other, lame or paralyzed. Neuralgia of lips, tongue, gums. Great prostration even to faintness. Infections. Ill effects of grief; fright; rage; jealousy; hearing bad news; mental shock; suppressed eruptions. Right side is affected more. Symptoms go from right to left. Numbness. Thrombosis. Lymphangitis. Inflammation of kidneys, bladder. Oedema; of eyelids, of lips; red, saccular. BURNING itching Paralysis after diphtheria and other severe diseases.

Worse

      HEAT of room; of weather; of fire; hot drinks, bath, bed. Touch, even of hair. Pressure. After sleep. Lying down. Suppressed eruptions. 4 p.m.

Better

      COOL AIR; cool bathing; uncovering. Slight expectoration. Motion. Sitting erect.

Mind

      Jealous, with lewd talk. Fussy and fidgety; hard to please. Awkward drops things and laughs either due to nervousness, or absent-mindedness. Foolishly suspicious. Childish, silly behaviour in women, after delivery. Irritable, excitable. Fruitless activity. Frivolous, cheerful. Constant whining in children. Great tearfulness, cannot help crying, weeps day and night without any cause. Sexual mania alternating with stupor (in women.) Indifference, says nothing ails him. Cannot concentrate mind on attempting to read and write. (Hysterical girls at puberty.) Cannot bear to be left alone. Nothing seems to satisfy; all wrong and out of place. Premonition of death. Borrows trouble about everything. Fear of being poisoned.

Head

      Brain feels very tired. Vertigo, with sneezing worse lying or closing eyes. Sudden stabbing in head, or as of a blow worse occiput, with occasional SHARP SHRIEKS. Numb, tired headache better pressure. Flow of tears, with headache. ROLLING OF THE HEAD from side to side in hydrocephalus; boring of the head backward in pillow in meningitis. Fontanelles sunken Painful hair. Musty head sweat. Inability to hold the head, in meningitis. Head feels swollen. Hair falls out; bald spots.

Eyes

      Puffy; lids or conjunctiva red; oedematous like water-bags, red, chemosed. Hot lachrymation. Eyes brilliant. Burning, stinging, shooting pain in. Staphyloma of cornea. Bag like swelling under eyes. Photophobia, yet covering intolerable. Blindness better stool. Squint. Myopia. Puffy or red about eyes. Cannot look fixedly at any object; or cannot read in artificial light. Cornea opaque. Styes_prevents their recurrence. Perforating corneal ulcer.

Ears

      External ear red and inflamed. Raises the hand to the back of ear with each scream. Scarlatinal otitis.

Nose

      Swollen, red and oedematous. Nose and tip cold. Boils in nostril better cold. Coryza, with feeling of swelling in nose.

Face

      Expression; happy, terror stricken or apathetic. Face red, hot, swollen and oedematous with piercing pains; or waxy pale and oedematous. lips; bluish, oedematous, upper. Jaws stiff, with stiffness of tongue. Paralysis of right side, with right eye closed. Desire for washing face with cold water. Formication and prickling in face.

Mouth

      Tongue; red or vesicles on edge; swelled, raw, feels, as if burnt as if wooden; sore; stiff. Grinding of the teeth. Mouth glossy as if varnished. Tongue hangs out; or cannot be protruded. Sudden involuntary biting teeth together.

Throat

      Sandy, glossy or translucent better cold, swollen inside and outside. Throat purple. Tonsils; swollen, fiery red, stinging pain, while swallowing, better cold drinks, Angina, Diphtheria with early prostration; dirty membrane, oedema of uvula. Throat sore, swallowing painful worse solids, sour or hot substances.

S.R. Phatak
A pioneer of Homoeopathy in Maharashtra, Dr Shankar Raghunath Phatak was born on 6th September, 1896. He did his MBBS from Grant Medical College, in 1924. Started his practice but somehow not satisfied with Allopathic Treatment.

He was convinced about Homoeopathy while going through Sir William Osler's writings on 'History of Medicine' so switched over to an entirely Homoeopathic Practice in 1932. He also started working on Homoeopathic literature along with his Practice.

He has contributed immensely to homoeopathic literature. He was an ardent follower of Dr Boger. His Repertory is based on Boger's ''A Synoptic key to Materia Medica'.