Apis signs and symptoms of the homeopathy medicine from the Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica by J.H. Clarke. Find out for which conditions and symptoms Apis is used…

      Apium virus. Honey-bee poison. *N. O. Insecta. Tinctures are made of the whole bee, and of dilutions of the poison with alcohol.


*Abscess. *Ankles, *selling of. Apoplexy. Asthma. Bladder, affections of. *Carbuncle. *Chancre. Constipation, of sucklings. Diarrhoea. Diphtheria. Dissection wounds. *Dropsy. *Ear, *erysipelas of. *Erysipelas. *Erythema nodosum. *Eyes, *affections of, *optic neuritis. *Feet, *burning of. Gangrene. Gout. Hands, swelling of. Heart, affections of. *Heat-spots. *Housemaid’s knee. *Hydrocephalus. *Hydrothorax. Injuries. *Intermittent fever. *Irritation. Jealousy, effects of. *Joints, *synovitis. *Kidney, *Bright’s disease of. *Labia, *inflammation of. *Laryngitis. *Lichen. *Meningitis. Menstruation, derangements of. *Nettle-rash. *Nose, *redness of. Operations, effects of. *Ovaries, *pain in, *inflammation of, *tumors of. Panaritium. Pannus, *Peritonitis. Phlebitis. *Pleurisy. Prostatitis. Punctured wounds. *Red-gum. *Rheumatism. *Scarlatina. *Self- abuse. Suppressed eruptions, effects of. Sycosis. Syphilis. *Throat, *sore. *Tongue, *oedema of, *ulceration of. *Trachea, *irritation of. Tumors. Typhus. Urethritis. *Urine, *abnormalities of. *Vaccination. Varicose veins. Variola. Wounds.


The well-known effects of a bee’s sting: -burning, stinging, lancinating pain with excessive swelling, give leading keynotes for its employment in a great variety of conditions. In addition to these there is great sensitiveness of the surface to touch. General soreness: “every hair is painful to contact.” Great debility as if he had worked hard, is compelled to lie down. Tired and bruised feeling. Great restlessness and fidgetiness (the *Arsen. restlessness is more from mental anxiety). Trembling, jerking, and twitching. One half of the body twitching, the other lame or paralysed. Hemiplegia. *Apis is more a right-side medicine, symptoms proceed from right to left (*Rhus left to right) and from above downwards. In an involuntary proving of *Apis in a woman (of forty, strong, florid, of full habit) who kept bees and was frequently stung without constitutional effect, the following marked and peculiar symptoms were occasionally noted in addition to the better known ones (*New. *Eng. *Medorrhinum *Gaz., Nov., 1887): Stiffness of lower jaw, soon amounting to a sense of complete fixation. This stiffness extended to tongue and throat, rendering speech difficult and unintelligible, and causing a condition of extreme discomfort, the stiffness being accompanied by a feeling of constriction, which excited a single, spasmodic, hacking cough at short intervals. Some difficulty in breathing, especially in inspiration. These symptoms were accompanied by a terrible restlessness. On a later occasion there was dyspnoea, face purple, head thrown back. The same symptoms as above recurred, but the throat was more swollen and the distress extended below the larynx to the upper part of the lung, which soon became very sore and sensitive. An hour after the sting on this occasion a violent cough came on. It seemed to be excited by the constrictive feeling in the throat, but it reached down to the sore place in the lungs, causing great distress. It was a deep, hard, ringing cough, lasting without intermission for three hours. Traces of the cough and soreness lasted for months. Another symptom was an ominous twitching of muscles of extremities controlled by hot foot and hand baths. *Ledum gave almost instantaneous relief to the graver symptoms.

The burning symptoms of Apis are distinguished from those of *Arsen. in being worse by heat. The stinging appears in many diseases and conditions, causing the *”crie cerebrale” in acute hydrocephalus and meningitis. Stinging pains in haemorrhoids. “Redness and swelling with stinging and burning pain in eyes, eyelids, ears, face, lips, tongue, throat, anus, testicles.” oedema of the throat may be accompanied with stinging pains, but if the case is more advanced it may be absolutely painless, and then it is more dangerous. (*Baptisia has painlessness in throat affections but less oedema. Nash.)

John Henry Clarke
John Henry Clarke MD (1853 – November 24, 1931 was a prominent English classical homeopath. Dr. Clarke was a busy practitioner. As a physician he not only had his own clinic in Piccadilly, London, but he also was a consultant at the London Homeopathic Hospital and researched into new remedies — nosodes. For many years, he was the editor of The Homeopathic World. He wrote many books, his best known were Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica and Repertory of Materia Medica