With a recent rise in cases of influenza in many parts of the UK, I recommend that you look at ways to boost your family’s immunity naturally, and consider homeopathic treatment if you develop flu.
Homeopathy has been used in treating epidemic disease for centuries, with impressive and well documented results. The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, the deadliest flu epidemic in history, killed up to 50 million people worldwide. Homeopathic doctors rose to this challenge and treated many thousands of flu patients – for example, one doctor in Dayton, Ohio reported that in his locality 24,000 cases of flu were treated conventionally, with a mortality rate of 28.2%, while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of only 1.05% (source: Julian Winston, quoting from the American Institute of Homeopathy, 1921).
Flu (short for influenza) is a respiratory infection caused by flu viruses. It is contagious, and spread by coughs and sneezes. In the UK there is generally an increase in cases of flu between December and March, and this may be related to lower levels of sunlight available to produce vitamin D naturally during the winter months. Vitamin D has a hugely important role in immune function. It makes sense to supplement with vitamin D through the darker half of the year. Certain foods, including salmon, organ meats, fish liver oil and egg yolks, are naturally rich in vitamin D, so if possible make sure you include these in your diet too. See this blog post for further ideas on boosting your immunity naturally.
The main symptoms of flu are fever with a rapid onset, coughing and exhaustion, and may also be accompanied by sore throat, headache, loss of appetite, muscular pain, and vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach ache. Rest and keeping warm and hydrated are important. Symptoms may be mild to moderate or in some cases more severe, and it can take up to a week to recover – in some cases the effects can be felt for much longer. In cases where there is cause for concern – for example, if you develop chest pains, or difficulty breathing – it is important to seek medical advice without delay.
Homeopathic treatment can reduce the severity of symptoms significantly, and shorten the duration of your illness. The correct homeopathic medicine for you is the one that most closely matches your symptoms – each case of flu is experienced a little differently. Below you will find five of the most frequently prescribed homeopathic remedies for flu. If you would like to know how to safely self-prescribe for mild symptoms and for first aid situations, see here for my free e-book My Top Ten Homeopathic Remedies. For more severe cases get in touch with me to arrange a Skype or telephone consultation for personalised treatment.
Bryonia is indicated when there is a prominent cough, which is dry, hard and painful – so much so that the person finds they need to hold their head or chest when coughing. There will often be pain in the joints, and the symptoms are very much worse for any kind of movement. They want quiet and to be left alone.
Gelsemium is needed when the person feels heavy-limbed and drowsy, with a dull headache. There will typically be dizziness and trembling on attempting to get up. They feel tired and apathetic, and there will often be a prolonged low grade fever without thirst.
Arsenicum is the remedy which is indicated when the person is excessively weak with the flu symptoms, exhausted to a greater degree than the symptoms would suggest. There is prominent chilliness, and they want warm covers at all times. They are extremely thirsty, and feel restless and anxious with the symptoms.
Nux vomica is one of the main remedies for flu which is accompanied by nausea and vomiting. There is fever alternating with chills and shivering, and they are highly sensitive to drafts or uncovering. The person is typically very irritable and impatient during the symptoms.
Eupatorium perfoliatum is needed when the flu is characterised by pain deep in the bones, which feel almost as if they are broken. There is typically a headache, with pain felt in the eyeballs, and a bruised feeling in the muscles. They toss and turn in bed, but the restlessness they feel does not relieve the pains.
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