Homeopathy can offer a flu preventive treatment as well as various homeopathic remedies for when the flu has already developed. The flu is a contagious disease that is caused by the Influezae virus.
When an individual contracts the flu virus, there is a silent incubation period of 2-5 days.
Once this initial incubation phase has passed, the typical flu symptoms start to appear spontaneously, such as: a high temperature, general muscle pain and headaches.
Sometimes further complications can arise in the larynx, the heart or the digestive system.
The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to avoid the spread of germs. It is important to keep your hands disinfected at all times.
The flu evolves through epidemics and pandemics such as the Spanish flu of 1918. There are other viruses that display very similar symptoms to those produced by the Influenzae virus.
Preventing the flu with homeopathy
Influenzinum is a biotherapic preparation that is made from the influenza vaccine (Pasteur Institute).
It is available in globule form. As the flu virus mutates and alters its genetic information, the Influenzinum globule changes each year.
Last year’s Influenzinum globule is of no use to anyone this year. The homeopathic remedy for flu Influenzinum could be taken in a dilution of 30C once a week.
When Oscillococcinum (from Boiron laboratory) is taken once a week, it can protect us from all the germs that cause winter illnesses and is particularly effective against viruses.
Homeopathic treatment against the flu
Aconitum napellus is a homeopathic flu remedy that is given when the clinical manifestation is immediate and a result of exposure to a cold draft of air.
A fever develops suddenly and the skin is red, hot and dry. The patient is extremely thirsty and craves cold water.
The homeopathic flu remedy Belladonna is precribed when the onset of fever is fast and oscillating.
The patient’s skin is red, hot and sweaty, especially on the face. The patient is also extremely thirsty due to having a dry mouth. The pupils are dilated and there is a throbbing pain.
Ferrum phosphoricum is used for moderate fever. There is a tendency to develop minor nose bleeds.
The homeopathic remedy Gelsemium sempervirens is prescribed when the flu produces a high fever that has set in gradually and for headaches and shivers that can turn into tremors followed by sweats. The patient is not thirsty but has general aching muscle pain.
Rhus toxicodendron is prescribed when the fever is high and sets in gradually. The other symptoms include muscle pain and joint pain with stiffness.
The patient is extremely thirsty and may sometimes develop an outbreak of herpes around the mouth.
Eupatorium is the homeopathic medicine of choice when the patient has: muscle pain, bone pain and eye pain that intensifies when the eyeballs are pressed down on. It is often associated with rhinitis and bronchial coughs that worsen at night.