Homeopathy can be successfully used to naturally, gently and rapidly treat symptoms associated with Swine Flu. Homeopathy works by enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Homeopathy is derived from Latin words Homeo=similar and pathos=suffering. As the name suggests selection of appropriate homeopathic remedy for each individual is based on symptom similarity between individual’s symptoms and remedy symptoms. Thus to select any one of the following remedies for a person manifesting symptoms of flu, symptoms must match closely.
Homeopathy believes that signs and symptoms of any illness manifest themselves because the body has been unable to restore balance from its inner resources and needs helps. Well selected and well- matching homeopathic remedy for individual encourages a powerful strengthening of defense mechanism and helps restore a state of balance and well-being with disappearance of symptoms of illness.
#Gelsemium. This remedy corresponds to the commencement of the trouble, when the patient is weak, tired and aches throughout the body. It removes speedily the intense aching and muscular soreness. There is constant chilliness and the patient hugs the fire; the fever is less acute than that of Aconite, and the cough is hard and painful. There are paroxysms of sneezing with excoriating discharge, and great apathy. An extensive experience with this remedy in the great Epidemic of 1918 proved its usefulness. Simple cases were speedily helped.
#Baptisia. Influenza with marked gastro-intestinal symptoms may need this remedy, especially when there are present offensive diarrhea.
#Eupatorium perfoliatum. This remedy has much soreness and aching of the entire body; hoarseness and cough, with great soreness of the larynx and upper respiratory tract. Coryza with thirst and drinking causes vomiting. The cough is a very shattering one, hurts the head and chest, and the client holds the chest with the hands. The bone breaking pains are characteristic of the remedy. Add to these symptoms acute bilious derangements, and it is all the more indicated. Many physicians rely on this remedy in influenza / flu almost exclusively in the early stages.
#Sabadilla. Sneezing is the great keynote of this remedy. Sneezing and tearing of eyes on going into the open air. The throat is swollen and the pain is worse on empty swallowing; the sneezing is excessive, shaking the whole body. Chills creeping up the spine is a prominent symptom. Frontal headache, dryness of mouth, without thirst and cough, worse on lying down, are additional symptoms. It suits well many cases of the catarrhal form of flu.
#Arsenicum. [Ars] This remedy covers more phases of flu than perhaps any other remedy. Hughes believes that it will cut short an attack, especially when there is a copious flow, prostration and paroxysmal cold. Its periodicity makes it suitable to epidemics, and it suits the early symptoms when the affection is in the upper portion of the respiratory tract. The burning dryness and copious watery irritating secretion and the involvement of the conjunctiva are unmistakable indications. Prostration with restlessness is a prominent symptom.
#Bryonia. The trouble here is largely bronchial and going down. When a person is very grumpy and feels miserable with the flu, wanting only to lie still and be left alone, this remedy is most useful. Headache, muscle aches, and cough or stomach pain may be the major symptoms. Everything feels worse from even the slightest motion. The person’s mouth usually is dry, with a thirst for long cold drinks.
#Phosphorus. This remedy may be indicated, especially when the trouble moves towards the chest. It is a very useful remedy for the debility following influenza, as it is usually of the pure nervous type. It is the great post-influenza "tonic."
#Rhus toxicodendron. Influenza, with severe aching in all the bones, sneezing and coughing. The cough is worse evenings and is caused by a tickling behind the upper part of the sternum. Especially is it useful in cases brought on by exposure to dampness. There is much prostration and depression, and the patient may have some symptoms which are suspicious as pointing towards typhoid fever, such as burning tongue, stupor and delirium. Aching pains, nightly restlessness are keynotes symptoms.
#Causticum.This remedy like both Rhus and Eupatorium, has a tired, sore, bruised sensation all over the body and soreness in the chest when coughing, but it has in addition involuntary urination when coughing.
#Allium cepa. Profuse catarrhal cold; the nose runs freely, there is sneezing, irritability cough, the face is swollen and looks inflamed.
#Sticta. Nasal catarrh; headache, thirst, nightly expectoration, great watering of eyes, running at nose, hoarseness of voice, frontal headache and depression of whole system. Flat, thin, narrow- chested individuals attacked by influenza. "There is no better remedy," says Dr. Fornias,"for the incessant wearing, racking cough.”
#Ipecac. Adapted to cases where the gastric symptoms predominate; tongue clean or slightly coated. Nausea: with profuse saliva; vomiting of white, shiny mucus in large quantities, without relief; sleepy afterwards; worse from stooping. Low thirst. Cough: dry spasmodic, constricted, asthmatic. Difficult breathing from least exercise; violent painful breathing, with wheezing and anxiety about the stomach. Cough, with rattling of mucus in bronchi when inspiring; threatened suffocation from mucus. Pains as if bones were all torn to pieces.
#Veratrum album. Adapted to diseases with rapid sinking of the vital forces; complete prostration; collapse. Cold perspiration on the forehead; with nearly all complaints. Thirst: intense, unquenchable, for large quantities of very cold water and acid drinks; wants everything cold. Diarrhea: frequent, greenish, watery, gushing: mixed with flakes: cutting colic, with cramps commencing in hands and feet and spreading all over; prostrating, after fright; worse with least movement; with vomiting, cold sweat on forehead during and prostration after. Vomiting: excessive with nausea and great prostration.
Recommended dose of well selected remedy: The author would like to warn the reader that it is best to follow the effective and natural homeopathic remedy protocol with a homeopathic practitioner with a notification to licensed physician. But if you choose to do it at home, here are few things to consider. General rule of thumb that has been found to be clinically helpful is 30C potency of well chosen homeopathic remedy. The remedy may be repeated every 2-3 hours apart based on symptom severity and may be continued for maximum of 5 doses to see if any relief can be noticed by the individual. When improvement is noticed, repeat the doses only when improvement starts going downhill. Discontinue the remedy after 5 doses if no relief is noticed. In acute flu situation, do not keep on taking remedy after 2-3 days without supervision from homeopathic practitioner. The goal here is to match the intensity and pace of symptoms and give the stimulus from natural homeopathic remedy to bring upon restoration of health.
Disclaimer: Homeopathic remedies when appropriately used under supervision are effective and nontoxic. Please be advised that FDA approves and categorizes homeopathic remedies as drugs.
Sujata Owens, RSHom(NA), CCH, HMC
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