Burning, stinging pains (like bee stings); eyelids; throat; panaritium or felon, haemorrhoids, ovaries (right one), breasts, skin (urticaria, erysipelas, carbuncles).
GREAT OEDEMA; general or local (face, ears, eyelids, especially lower); throat (diphtheria); genitals (especially scrotum); skin (erysipelas and urticaria); everywhere general anasarca, abdomen. These oedemas are accompanied with the characteristic pains, or no pain at all.
Stupor, with sharp sudden, shrill cries in brain disease (CRIE ENCEPHALIQUE).
Thirstlessness, especially in dropsies and during heat of intermittents.
Skin alternatively dry and perspiring.
Suffocative; feels as if every breath would be his last, especially in dropsical conditions or hot stage of intermittents.
Modalities: worse after sleep, on touch (very sensitive), from heat and warm room: better cold room or air and cold applications.
Bad effects from suppressed or retrocedent exanthemata; measles, scarlatina, urticaria.
Involuntary diarrhoea, with sensation as if anus were wide open.
It seems to me that in this remedy also the leading characteristic is to be found in its sensation–BURNING, STINGING PAINS. They are sharp and quick, like the sting of the bee. These pains are as characteristic of this remedy as are the ITCHING LIKE CHILBLAINS OF AGARICUS, or the burnings of ARSENICUM and SULPHUR; but the burning of APIS are relieved by senile there of ARSENIC are relieved by heat. The stinging appears in many diseases, and kinds of tissue. In the serous membranes or the brain coverings, when we get those “shrill, sudden piercing screams”–“CRI CEREBRALE,” which attend such dangerous affections as hydrocephalus, cerebro spinal meningitis and typhus cerebralis, APIS is the remedy. Again we get these pains in the mucous membranes, as in the throat and haemorrhoids, and the burning is almost always more or less present at the same time. It is also found very prominent in the ovaries. It has proved a very valuable remedy in cancers, even open ones, when this stinging burning pain was present; also in panaritium. I have seen rapid cures follow its exhibition in felon. Hering puts it–“REDNESS and SWELLING WITH STINGING and BURNING PAIN IN THE EYES, EYELIDS, EARS, FACE, LIPS, TONGUE, THROAT, ANUS, TESTICLES.” (better by cold applications ought to be added)
So we see how generally the system comes under the action of this remedy. In skin affections, especially the acute exanthemas, this is the grand leading symptom, and is especially indicated in the affections of the brain and meninges caused by a sudden suppression of skin diseases.
The next general condition for which this remedy seems to be as near specific as any remedy can be is an infiltrated cellular tissue; an oedematous or dropsical condition. This condition obtains almost from the beginning of the inflammatory affections and extends to the stage of exudation, and even to chronic dropsical states. In those intensely violent and rapid cases of diphtheria in which the whole throat fills right up with oedematous swelling, the vulva hanging down like a transparent sac filled with water (KALI-BICH., RHUS-T.,), and the patient is in imminent danger of death by suffocation from actual closure of the throat and larynx, there is no remedy like APIS. The stinging, burning pains may be present in these cases; or what is more dangerous still, because there is no complaint until the case is far advanced, is an ABSOLUTELY PAINLESS condition. BAPTISIA has painlessness in throat affections, but the swelling is not so rapid as APIS, and there is no oedema. A number of years ago I was called to Watkins Glen, N.Y., in consultation in a very bad case of diphtheria. Over 40 cases had died in the place and there was an exodus going on for fair. Her attending physician, a noble, white haired old man, and withal a good and able man, said, when I looked up to him and remarked I was rather young to counsel him: “Doctor, I am on my knees to anybody, for every case has died that has been attacked.” The patient was two rooms away from us, but I could hear her difficult breathing even then. APIS was comparatively a new remedy then for that disease.but as I looked into her throat I saw APIS in a moment and a few questions confirmed it. I told the doctor what I thought and asked him if he had tried it. He said, no, but, it was a POWERFUL BLOOD POISON; try it. The case got cured, and not one case that took this remedy from the beginning, and persistently, died. It was the remedy for the GENUS EPIDEMICUS. See my report of this in Vol. x11., HAHNEMANNIAN MONTHLY.