STAYING HEALTHY WITH HOMEOPATHY FOR FLUS
We are right in the midst of the winter flu season and I know it has been traveling around the neighborhood, visiting my house and my neighbor’s houses. Well, what can we do about it? How do we protect ourselves and our loved one’s? How do we hasten recovery? Having just gone through this in my household, I would like to share some defensive and offensive strategies that may be helpful to you. Here are some ideas of homeopathic and folk remedies for colds and flus.
The best offense is a healthy body? How do you get that? Eat right; sleep well and sufficiently; exercise to keep the vital energy moving; pay heed to your spiritual life; nurture your relationships; and be on a good homeopathic constitutional remedy.
Let’s say you are doing all of this, but yet you wake up one morning, and your nose is running, or you notice a cough that wasn’t there before. This may be the first sign of a cold starting. There are various things you can do to try to nip the cold in the bud at the incipient stage. Here are a few suggestions:
What to take at the First Sign of a Cold or Flu
1) Take Windbreaker. Windbreaker is a combination Chinese herbal formula put out by Kan Herbs and formulated for children, but of benefit to people of all ages. This formula is only available by prescription, so please let me know if you are interested in this for your family. Many of my clients and their families are using this herbal formula and finding that it does the trick. From my experience it does not interfere with homeopathic remedies.
2) Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy in the 200C strength made from the heart and liver of a duck. Taken at the first sign of a cold, it can work very well to nip your cold symptoms in the bud. If you are not on a homeopathic constitutional remedy already, it is fine to take this remedy at the onset of cold symptoms. In many people it works miraculously. If you are on a constitutional remedy there is a risk that this remedy will interfere with it. The other potential downside of this remedy is that if it does not stop the cold immediately, it can make it more difficult to determine the homeopathic remedy that you need for your flu as it can mask some of your symptoms.
3) Influenzinum is a remedy formulated anew every year, just like the flu vaccine, which is supposed to contain flu strains that people in laboratory’s believe are mostly likely to be prevalent that year. The Influenzinum the homeopaths use is usually made to match the flu shot for that year. Which flu shot will be prevalent that year is just an educated guess, but this poses fewer risks than the flu shot, because it is administered in miniscule homeopathic dynamized doses and does not contain the preservatives that the flu shots contain.
The Homeopathic Philosophy about Acute Illnesses:
As homeopaths we are taught that when a person develops an acute illness, one of two things can be going on: First, this may be an exacerbation of their chronic complaints. If this is the case, generally speaking, the chronic symptoms may persist during the acute illness, but with the cold or flu symptoms added on. In this case, what often helps the patient is a repetition of their constitutional remedy. We are warned, however, not to administer the remedy at the onset of the illness, but at the end, because the flu symptoms can be aggravated initially. From my experience, yes, this does happen, and sometimes it doesn’t happen. What I have seen is that there often is an increase in symptoms for a number of hours, followed by a rapid improvement in symptoms, and also in the chronic health situation as well.
The second thing that can happen is that the acute illness is what we call a “pure” acute. In this case the chronic symptoms of the patient are suspended. For example if they suffer from chronic back problems or chronic bad temper, all of a sudden these symptoms are much better and they are a joy to be around. The chronic symptoms are replaced by a new set of symptoms, which are the symptoms of the cold or flu. When this happens the patient usually needs an acute or flu remedy.
Acute Miasm Remedies
How does one know which acute remedy the patient needs? The acute miasm remedies are characterized by a sudden onset of symptoms. They were feeling fine and now they are terrible. This type of illness usually happens to healthy children. They come down suddenly, violently and dramatically with the illness. Two of the most commonly used acute miasm remedies are Belladonna and Aconite.
Belladonna is characterized by a sudden onset of fever, high temperature, redness of the face, dilated pupils and the patient is hot to the touch. This remedy also has a 3 p.m. aggravation time, a desire for lemons or lemonade and excited mental activity, which can include hallucinations. The symptoms come on suddenly, acutely and violently, and the patient can also be violent, with a desire to kick, bite or strike. They are aggravated by the jar of the bed. They can have throbbing right-sided headaches, and pulsating carotids.
Aconite is characterized by tremendous restlessness and fear of death. They can have panic attacks and unaccountable fears. Tossing or turning in bed is one of the big signs of the need for this remedy. The pains are terrible and drive him crazy. The face is red, hot, and flushed, or they can have one cheek red, the other flushed (like Chamomilla). The parts can feel numb, tingle and burn. They are worse at night. This illness can often come on after a frightful experience.
Another important thing to be said when selecting an acute remedy for a person is to keep in mind the relationship of remedies. For example:
Calcarea carbonica will often go to Belladonna, Pulsatilla or Rhus tox in acute illnesses.
Natrum muriaticum people often go to Bryonia or Apis in acute illnesses.
Sulphur people often go to Nux vomica or Arsenicum album in acute illnesses.
Sepia often goes to Nux vomica in acute illnesses.
Some constitutional remedies are also excellent flu remedies, such as Rhus tox, Nux vomica, Arsenicum album, and Pulsatilla. In this case, repeating the constitutional remedy during the flu can lead to very good results.
We have some excellent “flu” remedies in homeopathy. They are excellent for the flu because their symptoms match flu symptoms very well. The main flu remedies are:
Gelsemium: This remedy is a great remedy for anticipatory anxiety, and for people who are really having a hard time recovering from a flu. They have never felt well since a bout of influenza. The symptoms calling for it are a great feeling of weakness and of heaviness in the lower limbs. They are so weak that they can tremble from weakness. They feel dull, drowsy and dizzy. They are usually thirstless, with profuse urination and their face looks flushed, or dark red. They have heavy droopy eyes. They can have a headache that begins in the back of the neck, extends over the head, with pulsating pains in the forehead and eyeballs.
Bryonia alba: One of the big symptoms calling for Bryonia is irritability. The patient often wants to be left alone. He is worse from movement, so he prefers to lie still. He is also worse from pressure and lying on the affected parts. This patient is usually thirsty for large quantities of cold water. He also feels better from perspiration and wet weather. They have to hold their head or chest when they cough, due to the aggravation from the coughing motion. The mucous membranes are excessively dry. They are often worried about business or finances.
Eupatorium perfoliatum: The symptom that will usually guide you to Eupatorium perfoliatum is the bone pains. The patient has an aching in the bones, with a feeling as though they are broken, aching or bruised. They have to move constantly to relieve the soreness. This is in contrast to Bryonia, which needs to lie still. Another difference between the two remedies is that Eupatorium perfoliatum has scanty perspiration, while Bryonia has profuse perspiration. They can have an intense backache, as if it is broken. Like Bryonia, they also have to hold the chest when coughing and are thirsty.
This is a very good remedy for flus and other febrile illnesses characterized by bone pains.
One way to help determine, which of these flu remedies to prescribe, is simply to ask, what is the worse thing about this flu for you? If they say the weakness, prescribe Gelsemium, if they say the bone pains prescribe Eupatorium perf; if they say the aches and pains in the body that are worse on motion prescribe Bryonia.
Sore throats and Asthma Remedies:
What if your cold or flu has other remarkable features, such as a sore throat or asthma and breathing difficulties? In the case of a flu with a strong sore throat component, remedies such as Mercurius and its salts, Lachesis muta, Lac-caninum and Phytolacca come to mind? If the asthma component is very high remedies like Arsenicum album, Ipecacuanha and Antimonium crudum and tartaricum come to mind.
As you can see homeopathy is vast, and this is just a very brief summary of what it has to offer in the flu season to those who want to stay healthy and are looking for alternatives to taking the flu shot. If you are interested in learing about epidemics and homeopathy, please click on this link:
This Year’s Genus Epidemicus According to Paul Herscu:
There are homeopathic remedies that can be taken with great effectiveness during an epidemic as a preventive. Once the genus epidemicus is discovered this remedy can be taken by everyone. This method of taking remedies prophylactically is considered highly effective when you are in the midst of an epidemic. It is less effective in preventing the disease if you are not actually in the midst of an epidemic.
There is a website put up by Paul Herscu , the author of The Homeopathic Treatment of Children, a great resource for parents and homeopaths alike about commonly used constitutional remedies for children. Paul Herscu has been very concerned about the possibility of another devastating pandemic for many years. He believes that during an epidemic many people will not have access to their homeopaths, so the best thing to do would be to put the resources that they will need to survive an epidemic at their fingertips. To this end he has created a website called Herscu Laboratory Influenza. Here he posts the latest research gathered from clinical experience about which remedy is most likely to be the genus epidemicus for that particular year. Herscu believes that the Genus Epidemicus for the 2017-2018 season are Bryonia alba and Lycopodium clavatum. The website address is http://www.hersculaboratoryflu.org.
Supplements to Take To Strengthen Your Immune System:
Here is a list of supplements that may help strengthen your body. I got this list off of the internet in an article about the dangers of the Flu Shot by Greg Ciola. The link is: http://www.healthtruthrevealed.com. The article describes the risk of the flu shot very well and goes into detail about the supplements that I will just list below:
Essential Fatty Acids
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Mushroom Extracts (Shiitake, Reishi, D-Fraction Maitake)
Olive Leaf Extract
Please remember to turn to homeopathy for your health care needs. And if you have turned to homeopathy in the past, and didn’t get the results you wanted, turn again. It is by persistence, having a strong will to health and faith that results are obtained.
In the spirit of friendship,
Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)