In September of 2009 I wrote an introductory article in the Georgia Straight newspaper about the homeopathic treatment and prevention of the flu. Homeopathy has a long, successful history in the treatment and prevention of the flu.
Homeopathic Flu Prevention
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Homeopathic Flu Treatment
Homeopaths treat their patients successfully with homeopathic remedies. Some of the remedies that have been used successfully are:
Oscillococcinum by Boiron: Particularly useful at the beginning stages of the flu. When in doubt about what homeopathic remedy to use for flu, try this remedy. This is the #1 selling remedy for the flu in Europe. The Homeocan version is called Homeocoksinum.
Gelsemium: The most common remedy for the flu. People needing this remedy are weak, achy and tired. There is constant chilliness and the cough is hard and painful. Gelsemium was the genus epidemicus (the most commonly used) remedy for the Spanish flu of 1918.
Bryonia Alba: The second most used remedy for the flu after Gelsemium. Bryonia flus come on slowly and people needing this remedy are worse from any kind of motion. People needing this remedy may also have a very painful cough. They are thirsty, hot, and desire cool fresh air.
Eupatorium Perfoliatum: Another common flu remedy. There is a lot of soreness and aching of the entire body. There is so much aching in the bones that it feels like the bones could break. People needing this remedy are thirsty, whereas people needing Gelsemium are not.
Belladonna: Usually most useful at the beginning of a flu. A Belladonna flu has a rapid onset with a very high fever. The person may be fearful and delirious with the fever. People needing this remedy usually have a red, flushed face and have throbbing pains in the head or throat.
Rhus Toxicodendron: Someone needing this remedy is restless, with aches and pains that are worse lying still and better with continued motion. They are chilly, thirsty for sips of water, with a dry mouth and dry sore throat.
Nux Vomica: A person with a Nux Vomica flu is very chilly and always wants to be covered with a blanket; they are irritable and may have a queasy stomach.
Arsenicum Album: Useful for treatment of the flu when the virus affects the upper respiratory tract with copious watery secretions from the nose and eye inflammation. There is a lot of lethargy and prostration, nausea, vomiting, and chilliness.
BaptisiaTinctoria: Like Belladonna flus, the Baptisia flu comes on suddenly with a high fever. People needing this remedy have offensive smelling sweat, breath, and stool. Offensive diarrhea is very characteristic of people needing this remedy.
There are many more possible remedies that could be indicated for the flu. I have just tried to list the most frequently indicated ones.
Dosage: Give the indicated remedy every half hour for three doses. If there is no change in the patient’s condition, you have picked the wrong remedy. Once the patient’s condition improves, decrease dosage to 3 times per day until recovery. Use a 30C potency. For serious cases of the flu, consult a classical homeopath in your area.
I have also found that Hyland’s brand Ferrum Phosphoricum cell salts are useful to bring down a fever. For high fevers, give once every 15 minutes to half hour until the fever starts going down. Thereafter, give 3-4 times per day until the fever dissipates. To get rid of runny mucus, give Natrum Muriaticum cell salts. For tougher, thicker mucus, give Kali Muriaticum cell salts. The Nat Mur and Kali Mur cell salts can be taken 3-4 times per day.
People with low immunity should consult a classical homeopath to inquire about constitutional treatment. Constitutional treatment is the most effective way to boost your immunity. Contact the clinic to find out more about constitutional treatment.
By Sonya McLeod
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