Prof. Dr.C. Srinath Rao, vice principal
of Fr.Mullers Homoeopathic Medical College, Mangalore is known to
every body in the profession. He has teaching experience of more than
fourteen years. He has presented many papers on diabetes, Aids, ENT disorders,
various drug pictures and remedies. He is a visiting professor to Canadian
The Jealous widow-title refers to both remedy
as well as the person. This re-affirms the basic principle of homoeopathy-the
law of similars.
Its indeed fascinating to know the
therapeutic potentialities of Apis mellifica.
The literature (Materia Medica source books)
provides us the factual database, which needs to be interpreted for proper
application. They also allow us the luxury of adaptability of individuals
to whom it is best suited.
We have to thank Dr. Fredrick Humphries,
Dr. E.E. Marcy and Dr. Braun for their initiation, introduction and contribution
to provings leading from the front and presenting it to the profession.
Drs Guernsey, Kent and Nash gave
valuable pictures of Apis.
Knowing homoeopathic medicine and its therapeutic
potentialities is one of the pre-requisite qualifications of a Homoeopathic
physician. Homoeopathic literature constitutes the basic foundation.
If the physician clearly perceives what
is to be cured in diseases, that is to say, in every individual case of
disease (knowledge of disease, indication), if he clearly perceives what
is curative in medicines, that is to say, in individual medicine (knowledge
of medicinal powers) and if he knows how to adapt, according to clearly
defined principles, what is curative in medicines to what he has discovered
to be undoubtedly morbid in the patient, so that the recovery must ensue-to
adapt it as well in respect to the suitability of the medicine most appropriate
according to its mode of action to the case before him (choice of the
remedy, the medicine indicated), as also in respect to the exact mode
of preparation and quantity of it required (proper dose), and the proper
period for repeating the dose; if finally, he knows the obstacles to recovery
in each case and is aware how to remove them, so that the restoration
may be permanent: then he understands how to treat judiciously and rationally,
and he is a true practitioner of the healing art.
Honey-beeAPISits virtues we sing
For all manner of pains that burn and sting,
With bad aggravations from all kinds of heat,
With puffings and swellings and tension:-repeat,
Till youve got it by heart, that the Bee is the thing,
For all manner of pains that BURN and STING.
Then the Bee for effusions! the Bee stands first
For dropsies and fevers with absence of thirst:
Oedema of limbs, or of trunk, or of throat;
Effusions, oedema of membranes: youll note
That its action on kidneys is great, and youll see
That you have scored when the urines increased by the Bee.
Then the crie cerebrale!at the thrill of that crie
Youll instantly hurry in quest of the Bee:
Or, when swellings and tensions and stiffnesses rule,
Says shell burst! when she coughs, or when straining
By the way, youll find Apis a wonderful thing
In ovarian diseases, where pains burn and sting.
When I took up this topic for re-search
the survey of literature helped me to see a lot of avenues and created
in me a kind of fear of getting lost into the study of nature demanding
conscious effort reminding me of the task of study of Apis mellifica proper.
Each information unravels unique quality,
in the study of the order, Hymenoptera, Apis belongs to, with Formica
Rufa, Vespa crabro as other family members with more or less similar qualities
or its active principles. This information re-affirms the advantage of
group study or comparative study and surely will enhance therapeutic utility.
This certainly reminds us of our limitation
of tapping natural resources so readily available at our disposal. This
enthuses the learner to take up finer study (in depth) and discover from
nature many such unexplored treasures (Avenue for an aspiring research
Doctrine of signature:
The habitat/nature of study of Apis helps
us perceive the drug better.
Apis mellifica is said to be highly jealous
creature and study of this creature certainly leaves an indelible impression
about the nature of creature and the nature of person we are dealing with.
The way they maintain/regulate temperature
of the hive by fetching drops of water and fanning to bring down the temperature
and ensure comfort also gives another clue regarding the thermal reaction.
Like the bee the Apis personality too does not like heat.
Study of chemical composition and its effects
too give us clues about the therapeutic potentiality. The formic acid,
the toxalbumins present in the poison of Apium virus does bring about
spectrum of response starting from mild inflammatory response to life
threatening response fairly violently qualitatively differing from one
another in combinations.
Effects of bee sting and the inflammatory
response at various sites are correlated. (Similar in manifestation though
differing in kind).
Kent says, The Materia Medica can
be learnt by careful study and by using it.
It can be understood but not memorized.
All who would memorize the Materia Medica must ignominiously fail. The
Organon, the symptomatology, and a full repertory must be the constant
reference books, if careful homoeopathic prescribing is to be attained
All symptoms represented together may not
convey the meaning to us but rather confuse us. Symptoms put together
logically help us evolve understanding of phenomenon and also the susceptibility
state(morbid) and thus help achieve the ultimate objective of restoration
Clinical Materia Medica - Dr. E. A. Farrington
Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica - Dr.J.H.Clarke
Gems of Homoeopathic Materia Medica - Dr.J.D.Patil
Homoeopathic Drug Pictures - Dr. M.L.Tyler.
Keynotes and Characteristics with Comparisons - Dr. H. C.Allen
Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica - Dr. J.T.Kent.
Organon of Medicine (Hahnemann) - Translated Dr.Willium
Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica Dr.Willium
Systematic Materia Medica - Dr. K.N.Mathur
Text book of Materia Medica - Dr. S.K. Dubey