Api Venz

This remedy had its origin as a medicine in the homoeopathic school, but is now a general favorite among Eclectics for certain diseased conditions. Apis is diuretic, alterative, and diaphoretic. It specifically influences the urinary tract, small doses somewhat resembling cantharis in action, in removing irritation, and in larger doses, stimulating the renal organs and other portions of the urinary passages. The small dose may be employed if there be irritation, even though inflammation exists. Aconite, veratrum, and like agents, promote the action of apis, while ammonia and alcoholic liquors are antagonistic to it. It is specifically indicated where we have hot, burning, dry, itching surfaces; and where there is constant desire, but inability to urinate, the urine being dark-red in color. Apis is one of the most certain diuretics in the materia medica, and is of very great value in suppression and retention of urine, from atony. It may be used even when there is active inflammation: Rx Specific apis, gtt. v; aqua, fl℥iv. Mix. Teaspoonful every hour; or use an infusion of from 15 to 20 bees in water, 1 pint, for the usual urinary difficulties indicated above. It is a very useful remedy for urethral and cystic irritation, with burning, stinging pain, and constant and annoying tenesmus. Chronic nephritis and cystitis are sometimes cured by it. It serves a good purpose in diseases of women characterized by heat and a sensation of burning, with pain in the bladder and urethra, and constant desire to pass water. These conditions are relieved by it quicker than by any other agent. In menorrhagia, amenorrhoea, and leucorrhoea, with acute congestion of the ovaries, or in simple ovarian congestion, the parts being tender and painful, apis often gives prompt relief. Genital puffiness with irritation, and labial inflammation of the same character, are cured by it. Rx Specific apis, gtt. x; aqua, fl℥iv. Mix. Teaspoonful every 4 hours. Owing to its power of relieving renal irritation and engorgement, thereby increasing function, apis is an exceedingly useful agent in anasarca, ascites, and hydrothorax, provided the kidneys are in an active condition. For these troubles: Rx Specific apis, gtt. v; aqua, fl℥iv. Mix. Teaspoonful every hour. It is particularly useful in post-scarlatinal dropsy. Inflammatory sore mouth is benefited and often cured by apis. Sore throats, of an oedematous character, having a uniformly spread puffiness, as if the submucous tissues were involved—the parts appearing as if stung by a bee—are relieved by apis. These conditions are frequently met with as a complication of erysipelas and in the angina of scarlatina. It is often a prompt remedy for vesicular erysipelas, and for all subcutaneous inflammations, with burning, stinging, tensive, and lancinating pains, and dermal irritation. We have no better agent for the treatment of urticaria, or "hives," with soreness and intense itching, than apis. Puffiness is a strong indication in cutaneous diseases, and in traumatic injuries of the subcutaneous areolar tissues, it is often indicated by this symptom. It is a good remedy in rubeola and scarlatina, the usual indications being present. That form of rheumatism having the peculiar symptoms otherwise indicating apis, will be found to respond oftentimes to this remedy. We have known of well authenticated cases, where individuals suffering from rheumatism have been cured of that complaint after having been severely stung by the hive-bee. We do not recommend this form of hypodermatic injection, but prescribe for rheumatic conditions with blanched puffiness, and the peculiar stinging pain, as follows: Rx Specific apis, gtt. v; aqua, fl℥iv. Mix. Teaspoonful every 2 or 3 hours. Dose: Tincture of apis, to 5 drops; specific apis, 1/10 to 2 drops. The larger doses in dropsies; the smaller, in cutaneous disorders, and in vesical irritation; infusion (12 to 20 bees, aqua, Oj), tablespoonful doses frequently.