This homeopathic remedy is a specialist in stings and skin irritations with stinging pain and puffiness, Apis mel eases redness, minor swelling, red, irritated skin and membranes, and pains with burning, stinging sensations in various situations. Its applications include: hot swellings or welts caused by bee stings, hives, or irritants; injured joints that swell; sore throats, eye irritations and minor stinging urinary pain. Its symptoms tend to improve with applied cold. Whenever the body reacts with seemingly unnecessary irritation, Apis has an uncanny way of helping it find fast resolve.
Apis mellifica (honey bee)
Apis mel provides a great remedy for examining certain homeopathic principles.
1. Like cures Like - the concept behind homeopathic medicine. On contact, bee venom’s toxin, mellitin, starts destroying cells. The body responds with burning pain, redness and swelling to try to contain the toxin. For many people this response is more intense than necessary, in others it runs out of control. Without suppressing the body’s needed response, the homeopathic remedy made from bee venom could be said to help the body address the situation more efficiently. Suddenly the body seems to know exactly what it’s fighting, so it reduces the pain signalling, and limits its defenses to the task at hand.
2. Does that mean it’s only for bee stings? Absolutely not. Because ‘Like Cures Like’, Apis mel applies to a range of ailments suffering similar irritations symptoms. The various responses to bee stings reveal Apis’ wide range of applications:
Most people, experience mild swelling, burning stinging pain and redness, thus Apis mel helps many hot, painful swellings and rashes, whether caused by bees, insect bites, hives, sunburn, minor urinary aggravations or other irritants.
Some people experience exaggerated swelling making nearby joints hot, puffy, shiny and red. Thus Apis helps swollen, reddish, irritated or injured joints.
In even more intense cases, the irritation extends to various membranes. Thus Apis has applications in swollen sore throats, eye irritation (redness & swollen eyelids) and minor pain on urinating. Of course, whenever swellings or any such irritations are too severe or persist, professional guidance is highly recommended.
3. When choosing Apis mel or any remedy, you look for a certain pattern of symptoms that match the case: If Apis mel can help, the irritation should be red, hot and possibly puffy, with stinging pains and burning sensations which feel better with cold air or compresses and worse for heat. Apis’ other applications often accompany its symptoms including: thirstless, minor fevers that are worse with heat or motion, restless sleep with sudden starts, and intense throbbing headaches better for pressure and worse with motion. Whenever there are strong reactionary symptoms, it’s best to consult a licensed practitioner.
4. When “proving” homeopathic remedies, it becomes clear that certain personalities or states of mind (permanent or temporary) respond more deeply to remedies, especially in higher potencies, e.g., 30X, 30C, 200C. This is called ‘constitutional’ work.
Just as practically every remedy has its ideal personality, so has the bee. Whether from illness, stress or nature, this remedy best matches fussy, fidgety, hard to please individuals who might be overly jealous or suspicious, easily vexed and clumsy. When well, this can translate to industrious, team or family-oriented individuals. When out of sorts, its children may cry or whine constantly without cause, especially when jealous of new sibling or change. Older children and adults may show more apathy than tears. Old or young, there is a fear of being alone and often difficulty concentrating.
Conclusion: A very important remedy to keep handy when kids are around, as their vital young systems often go overboard when reacting to unfamiliar irritants. We don’t go bare footin’ without it.
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“The bee’s behaviour give us some clues to the emotional symptoms of the homeopathic remedy. It is an incredibly restless insect, and is extremely irritable, reacting instantly and angrily to any interference from the outside.”
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