Flu Season

It’s that time of year, once again. Pharmacies, physicians, hospitals, all pushing us to get the flu shot. I’ve done years of research on vaccines and that has led to our choice not to vaccinate, especially the yearly flu vaccine. As much as they are touted by physicians and the media as being safe and effective, I’ve met too many people who would strongly disagree. I’ve met too many people who were adversely affected by vaccines, flu or other.

There is a better and safer way to combat the flu. A natural way. A strong immune system is the best defense.

Being a homeopath, I do reach for the remedies, along with other natural means.

Lifestyle:  Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, exercise and find a way that works for you to reduce stress.  Include a good multivitamin/mineral supplement in your daily routine.

Vitamin D:  It’s been studied that most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D.  It’s also been proven that Vitamin D can both help ward off sicknesses like the flu and help you recover from the flu.

Vitamin C:  Start taking it now!  Double up the dose if you get the flu.

Homeopathy:  During the 1918 flu (of which is claimed H1N1 was derived) there were Homeopathic hospitals in the US as well as conventional hospitals.  Homeopathic hospitals saw only a 1% mortality rate for the treatment of the flu.  The conventional hospitals, 30%.   I’ve seen what Homeopathy can do when it comes to the flu.  It works.

Homeopathy For Prevention

Oscillococcinum: Can be taken for the prevention of the flu or at the very first sign of getting sick.

Influenzinum: Most Homeopathic pharmacies and some local health food stores carry this remedy. It is the best remedy I’ve found to prevent the flu.  Washington Homeopathics is where I order ours.

Aconite: This is one of our favorite remedies. It should be taken at the first sign of a flu. It works when the onset is very sudden and should be taken within the first few hours of feeling sick, even if no clear symptoms are present.

Ferrum Phos: This remedy can be thought of as a back up for Aconite. If you miss taking Aconite within the first few hours of feeling ill, go to Ferrum Phos.

When you know you have the flu

Arsenicum: There may be a fever with great chilliness. Profuse and acrid discharge may present from the nose and/or eyes. There may be some thirst but for small, frequent sips. A person who needs this remedy will be worse from getting cold and will feel better with warmth (unless there is a headache present). There may also be irritability and anxiousness.

Baptisia: Someone who needs this remedy will have a sudden onset of symptoms. There is generally a high fever with profuse sweating. The body may feel sore and bruised either all over or in small spots around the body. A person who requires this remedy may look dull and flushed and there is usually a great thirst. Vomiting and diarrhea may be present but not always.

Bryonia: This flu will present itself with a slow onset of symptoms. A person who fits this remedy will be very hot and very dry, which may cause a great thirst for cold water in large quantities but at infrequent intervals. The body will ache all over. There may be a painful cough that causes a headache. Someone who needs this remedy will not want to move and the headache or body aches will feel better with pressure. In general this remedy will present for someone who wants to be left alone and wants to lay completely still.

Eupatorium Perfoliatum: The fever for this remedy will present with the person shivering, who may have chills running up their back. The body will ache so badly that the person feels as if their bones are broken. There may be a bursting headache, so bad that even the eyeballs feel sore. There is a thirst for cold drinks and a desire to lay as still as possible.

Gelsemium: This is the number one flu remedy. The onset of this flu is slow. Fever will present with heat that alternates with chills. There is usually no sweating with this fever and chills may run up and down the spine. Body will ache all over. Muscles may feel very heavy and weak, even the eye lids will feel heavy. There is generally no thirst. The three key words for this remedy are “droopy”, “drowsy” and “dull”.

Mercurius Solubilis: The fever for this remedy will present with a ‘creeping chilliness’. There may be acrid, smelly, yellow/green mucus discharge from the nose. There may be an intense thirst and a constant hunger. A person who needs this remedy will feel worse from temperature changes and feels better with a constant temperature and lots of rest.

Nux Vomica: Someone who requires this remedy will have a fever with chilliness and may get the shivers after drinking. The limbs and back will ache. There may be a stuffy, stopped up nose that is worse at night. There is a thirst for hot drinks, such as tea. A person needing this remedy will feel better with cold and worse with warmth. This remedy is also indicated when there is a great irritability.

Pyrogen: This fever will present with creeping chills and a ‘thumping heart’. It may also present with a rapid heart rate if the fever is low. There will be severe pain in the limbs and back. The pain may feel as if the person has been beaten and bruised. There is usually a headache present and no thirst. Someone who requires this remedy will be very restless, both with the aching body and the chills.

Rhus Tox: The fever for this remedy will present with chilliness. The pain will be centered more around the joints and bones. There may be a red discoloration at the tip of the tongue and there is a general thirst. The person who needs this remedy will feel better with gentle motion and warmth and may be very restless.

After the flu

China: This remedy is for those who have a difficult time recovering from the flu. There is a great physical weakness and may be a lot of sweating.

Kali Phos: Depression (mild) after the flu.

Gelsemium: This remedy is indicated if the weakness and heaviness will not go away after the flu.

Influenzinum: This remedy is for someone who has never felt well since having the flu. There is a feeling that the person has never recovered.

If you do decide to get a flu shot this year, and you have a reaction, there are remedies that will aid in the recovery.  The main remedy being Thuja.  Consult a Certified Classical Homeopath if you are unsure of your reaction or if you are uncertain which remedy is best for you.  If your reaction to the shot is life threatening, go to your local emergency room.

If you want to learn more about how to use Homeopathy for yourself and your family during this flu season try one of our classes.  We’re have a great special in October!  $25 off our Homeopathy for Acute Care and First Aid course.  The course includes a reference book, with remedy guide  and symptom guide ($25 value), a first aid reference book ($10 value) and all of the class handouts, including the symptoms for 50 of the most widely used remedies.  The class also includes lifetime contact with a Certified Classical Homeopath for any questions that come up after the course.

Be well and stay healthy!

Heidi

Gastroenteritis Fun…or not so much

A couple of weeks ago we were plagued with a bout of gastroenteritis around our household, not to mention a few other friends and family members close by.  It’s not fun and despite the fact that we eat healthy, sleep well and take care of ourselves, there are times we come down with illnesses.  Thankfully, there are Homeopathic remedies to come to our aid and can help heal and shorten the length of the illness.

Following are a few of the most widely used remedies for gastroenteritis.  My hope is that you will never need them for this reason but if there comes a time, as we’ve all had at one point or another in our lives, one of these may help you to obtain a quick and speedy recovery.  The symptoms included may not be pretty, but gastro illnesses usually aren’t so here we go:

  • Aloe – Diarrhea with a sudden urge.  Possible involuntary stool with flatus.  Mucus and/or blood may be present.
  • Arsenicum Album – Extreme stomach pains that are worse with milk or dairy products.  Food poisoning (of any kind).  Acrid diarrhea with watery stool.
  • Bismuth – Severe cramping, pain or burning in the stomach.  Great thirst for cold water.  Profuse diarrhea.  In addition, the person who would need this remedy desires company during their illness and may have a great fear of death.
  • Bryonia – Gastroenteritis that is worse with any movement.  The person needing this remedy also may just want everyone to leave them alone.  Hides in dark room and wishes not to be bothered.
  • Croton Tiglium – Abdominal rumbling with sudden diarrhea.  Incredibly urgent diarrhea.  Diarrhea that comes immediately after eating or drinking.
  • Gambogia – Diarrhea and vomiting together.  Sudden urge for stool.  Burning or stitching pains before diarrhea.  Exhaustion after diarrhea.  Stool may contain blood.
  • Mercurius – Constant urge for stool.  Straining that is undiminished after passing stool.  May be bloody and mucus filled.  Stool feels hot.
  • Nux Vomica – Diarrhea after drinking too much alcohol.
  • Petroleum – Ravenous appetite during diarrhea or after stool.  Diarrhea in the daytime only.  Cramping before stool.
  • Phos Ac – Painless diarrhea.  Odorless.  Involuntary.  Profuse.  Cases of collapse after long bouts of diarrhea.
  • Podo – Profuse diarrhea.  Worse at 4am, in the mornings and in the evenings.  Worse with drinking, eating and heat.  Very watery.  Abdomen gurgles.

If you are ever unfortunate enough to have a case of gastroenteritis, the above remedies can aid in your recovery when correctly chosen.  If you are unsure of which remedy is right for you, consult a certified Homeopathic practitioner for assistance.  The above remedies can be taken in a 30C dose.  3 doses per day for 3 days.  Stop taking the remedy when symptoms improve.

If your condition lasts for more than 3 days, is more severe or immediately life-threatening seek medical attention from a certified Homeopath, a licensed medical doctor and/or head to the emergency room, as you may have something other than a bacterial or viral infection.

Healing Comes in All Forms

There are times when people tell me they are surprised if I take an Ibuprofen for a headache or that I have, on occasion, popped an antihistamine.  More recently I had a severe allergic reaction to something and had to be on prednisone for a few days to get over the worst of it.  I didn’t like it, but I accepted it. 

Yes, as much as possible, I believe in natural healing, natural medicine and health through means other than the allopathic path and use of harsh medicine.  However, I also realize that every form of healing has its place.  If one of my girls breaks an arm, a homeopathic remedy alone is not going to put it back into place, relieve the pain and allow it to heal.  Initially we may need allopathic care.  Or a severe allergic reaction, like the one I had a couple of weeks ago, could not be helped with herbs alone.  The predinose got me through the worst of it, and possibly saved my life.  Now, I can use the natural medicine I prefer to heal (from both the allergic reaction and the predinsone) and to prevent a future occurrence.  Every modality has its place.

Healing can also come from places other than the remedies or medicine we take.  It can come from meditation, stress relief, excercise, spending time with people we love and from simple actions we take.  This past weekend, I harvested and dried oregano, one of my favorite tasks.  For me, this process is meditative and relaxing; carefully cutting the stems, gently removing the leaves, smelling the sweet, yet spicy aroma of the plant fill my kitchen.  To me, this is healing, just as much as the homeopathic remedy I took this morning.  My mind cleared and I was completely swept up into the simple act of drying this herb.  Everything else fell away.  Everything we do has the potential to be a healing task if we allow it to be; typing on the computer, drying herbs, driving to work, all of it.  If we choose, in every moment, to let go into the task before us it can be a healing moment.  Let go into the doing.  Let go into just being.  Let go into the moment and make your whole day a time for healing.  If there is a task you just can’t let go into, one that continues to cause stress instead of healing,  perhaps it’s time to examine that task and change course.  Maybe the healing is to come by showing you it’s time to do something new? 

Chamomilla

Just about anyone with children who uses Homeopathy for their family is familiar with this remedy.  It assists with everything from teething to colic. It is certainly a remedy to have on hand, whether you have children or not.

Below are a few of its most prominent indications for use:

  • This remedy almost always contains anger and/or great irritability, especially in children.  Child may strike out or kick at others.
  • Colic.  When baby just wants to be carried everywhere and cries angrily, this remedy is indicated, especially when the child is inconsolable, wants to be held, yet acts like he/she doesn’t want to be touched.
  • Incredible sensitivity to pain.  Reactions to pain may show great anger.  The pain is exaggerated much beyond what would be expected from the ailment.
  • Number one remedy for teething.  It may include diarrhea from teething and be indicated for children who have a difficult time breaking new teeth through the gum.
  • Complaints come on after a bout of anger.
  • Indicated for ear infections/pain when the pain is worse from touch and from the wind.
  • Some general indications for this remedy include one cheek being red and the other pale, symptoms are worse around 9am and at night, there is a general aggravation from the wind and feet are hot, needing to be uncovered at night.

Chamomilla is a remedy to keep on hand, whether you have children or not.

If you have any doubts or concerns about which remedy to choose, contact a Certified Homeopath.  Giving the wrong remedy will cause no harm, but nor with it help!

Head Lice

There are over 6 million lice infestations each year in the United States.  This year in Northern Michigan it’s nearly an epidemic.  The schools around the area have been battling it since the school year started and, unfortunately, that means many families are too.

Luckily there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your family naturally and without harmful pesticides.

Prevention:  If you hear that lice has been detected in your child’s school or if you work in a close environment, such as a nursing home, there are natural ways to protect yourself against an infestation.

  • Tea Tree Oil:  Fill a small spray bottle with distilled water.  Add 10 – 30 drops (depending on the size of the bottle) of Tea Tree oil to the bottle.  Every morning before you send your child to school or head to work spray hair with the water/oil mix.  Also spray behind the ears and along the neckline as lice are attracted to those areas of the head because of the warmth.  Shake the bottle well before each use.  (I use a 4 oz amber glass sprayer filled with the distilled water and 10 drops of oil)
  • Other Oils:  Keep other oils on hand if needed. While Tea Tree is the most effective against deterring and killing lice there are other oils that work too.   I have one daughter that cannot stand the smell the Tea Tree oil.  For her I will occasionally give her a reprieve and use one of the following instead:  Lavender, Rosemary, Geranium or Peppermint.
  • Shampoo/Conditioner:  Use a shampoo that contains one or more of the essential oils listed above.  For example, Avalon Organics makes a wonderful peppermint shampoo and conditioner.  This is what we use in our house.  You can also buy a fragrance-free shampoo and add 10 – 20 drops of essential oil to the bottle and shake well.
  • Get the comb.  A must have is a special lice comb.  Be sure to get one with metal teeth, not plastic.  Not only will the metal hold up better but it also does a better job of combing out the lice, nymphs and nits should any appear.

Treatment:  If you end up finding lice on yourself or on your child, first and foremost, don’t panic.  It happens and it can be dealt with.  There are many over-the-counter products that can be used but many contain pesticides that can be dangerous for you and your family.  You don’t need pesticides to treat a lice infestation.  It can be treated just as well naturally.  In addition, we are now seeing lice that are becoming pesticide-resistant because of the overuse of some of these products. 

  1. Olive Oil and Tea Tree:  Mix together 1/4 cup olive oil and 15 – 20 drops Tea Tree oil.  Starting with a dry head of hair and one small section of hair at a time, beginning at the root, start applying the olive oil.  Use a lice comb to brush through the hair.  Make sure the olive oil mixture covers all the hair, from root to tip.  Keep working in sections until the whole head and all hair is covered.  Look for lice, nymphs and nits as you go.  Be sure and wipe them free of the comb as you find them.  Tie hair up (if long) and put on a shower cap or wrap head in plastic wrap.  Let the oil sit for at least two hours or overnight.   After at least two hours, shampoo and condition using a shampoo like what is listed above.  Comb through hair again with the lice comb.
  2. Laundry:  Wash all bed linens, clothes, hats, scarves, coats and towels in hot water that have been used or worn by the infested person.  Run through a high-heat dry cycle in the dryer.
  3. Vacuum:  Vacuum all the carpets, couches, pillows, car seats and anything else that cannot be washed.  It is not necessary to use an insecticidal spray.  Vacuuming is sufficient.  If you’d feel better using a spray, see #5.
  4. Homeopathy:  There are Homeopathic remedies that can help support the above lice treatments.  Staphysagria is the main remedy for lice.  Using a low potency (6C, 12C or 30C), take the remedy 3 times a day for 7 days.  Nux Vomica is another remedy I’ve seen used with success in those  with lice and it can be taken the same as Staphysagria.  The most important thing to remember with Homeopathy is to match the remedy with the person.  Lice is a parasite and parasites tend to move toward the weaker immune systems.  Pick a remedy that will constitutionally strengthen the immune system for the person infected.  Consult a professional Homeopath if you need assistance in doing this.
  5. Tea Tree Spray:  Using the distilled water and essential oil spray listed above, spray hair every morning before heading out for the day and every evening before bed to help prevent reinfestation and to kill any lice that may have been missed during the olive oil treatment.  I also use this spray on car seats, couches and pillows.  Since lice and nymphs can only live off of a human host for 24-48 hours I don’t know that it does much for the lice problem but it certainly makes everything smell fresh and is definitely better than using an insecticidal spray.
  6. Olive Oil and Tea Tree again:  Lice eggs or nits, hatch within 7 – 10 days and are the easiest things to miss when combing through the hair.  Because of this, it is important to repeat the olive oil and tea tree treatment after 7 – 10 days.
  7. Comb, Comb, Comb:  Hair should be combed, using the lice comb, every day.  My daughter came home with lice about 2 months ago and even though we stopped the infestation in its tracts, using the above methods, I still comb through her hair every day after school.  When it comes to lice, you can never be too careful and the combing just takes a few minutes.

The above protocol has proven very effective for my family and for others I have consulted.  While lice is no fun, it is manageable and can be taken care of quickly and naturally!

 

Fear and Anxiety

With Halloween just around the corner it seems fitting to cover some remedies that deal with fear and anxiety.  When it comes to emotional well-being Homeopathy is a wonderful ally to have on your side.  It’s gentle, effective and does not produce the potentially dangerous  side effects that prescription medications do.  Listed below are some of the top remedies for fear and anxiety.

Aconitum Napellus:  This remedy is one of the first choices for panic disorders.  It includes panic attacks, especially when they come on in the evening or for those who wake up with fright 1 – 2 hours after going to sleep.  One who needs this remedy may also have a tremendous fear of death.  It is also a main remedy for someone who has great anxiety after an accident, such as a car accident.  There may also be a great anxiety for others, restlessness, fear of being in a crowded place and claustrophobia.

Agaracus:  This remedy contains an extreme fear of cancer and great anxiety about health.  Insignificant health issues are exaggerated causing great fear and anxiety.

Agnus Castus:  Like agaracus, this remedy focuses on great anxiety about one’s health but, in addition, when a person who needs this remedy gets sick they will feel that death is imminent.  There is a great fear of death.

Argentum Nitricum:  This remedy includes many fears and will generally be needed for someone who is also very impulsive by nature.  Fears include, claustrophobia, heights, bridges, diseases, accidents, fainting, driving, elevators, theaters, airplanes and the fear of being late.  There is anxiety about health and anxiety increases when alone.  A person needing this remedy generally feels better with company.  There is also an anxiety while anticipating an upcoming event.

Arsenicum Album:  This is another prominent remedy for panic attacks.  Panic attacks that will point you to this remedy generally happen after midnight or between midnight and 2am.  There is tremendous anxiety that often occurs with great restlessness.  There is anxiety about health and a despair about recovery when ill.  Also present may be a great anxiety about other family members or close friends because these people provide the person who needs this remedy with their security base.  Someone who requires this remedy will generally be proper, tense, worried and desire to be in control at all times.  Other fears include disease, especially cancer, germs, robbers, poverty, evil, vomiting and insanity.

Borax:  This remedy is marked by an extreme fear of downward motion.  This is so extreme that if it’s an infant the infant may scream when it’s being put down in it’s crib because of the downward motion.  There may be fear of escalators, descending stairs, elevators and even of rocking in a rocking chair because of the motion.

Bryonia:  Someone who may require this remedy has fears that center around the future, poverty and financial ruin.

Cannabis Indica:  This remedy is indicated when there is great anxiety and general fearfulness, which may include panic attacks.  There is a fear of insanity, which is usually expressed by a fear of losing control.  There also can be a fear that one will antidote their homeopathic remedy.

Kali Bromatum:  This remedy is indicated when the anxiety presents as more of a paranoia.  It can also be indicated when fear centers around religiosity.  One needing this remedy may feel as if they are singled-out for divine wrath and there may be a despair of salvation due to guilt.  Other fears may include the fear of insanity, being alone, fear of being poisoned and fear of being injured.  Night terrors may also be present.

Magnesia Carbonica:  This remedy centers around a general anxiety that is present during the day but is better in the evening once one is in bed.  Someone needing this remedy is a peacemaker.  They want to be sure everyone is getting along and is happy.  There is a fear of violence and confrontations.  There may be a great sensitivity to noise.

Magnesia Muriatic:  This remedy is similar to the above, however the anxiety in this remedy is worse while in bed and better during the day.  As in Magnesia Carbonica, this remedy is also indicated for someone who is a peacemaker and who does not like disagreements and confrontations.  Anxiety is generally worse while reading, in the evening and during menses.

Mancinella:  The Halloween remedy.  Someone who may require this remedy is afraid of the dark, ghosts, insanity, evil and devils.  They may be tormented by their extreme fear of the dark.

Nitricum Acidum:  This remedy is indicated for someone who has great anxiety about their health with a fear of cancer and death.  As many remedies have this indication, one who should veer toward this remedy is someone who is also very pessimistic in life.  There may be depression and anger toward life.  There is generally great irritability and peevishness.

Opium:  Homeopathic opium is indicated when there are complains from fright more than the fright itself.  This remedy is indicated when fright leads to convulsions, tremors or insomnia.  Every time the person needing this remedy thinks of the thing that frightened them the symptoms are triggered.

Phosphorus:  This remedy contains many fears and is indicated for people who are generally open, excitable gullible and suggestible.  Fears include being alone, death, the dark, thunderstorms, that something bad will happen, disease, the future, ghosts, insanity, robbers, insects, earthquakes and more.  Anxiety is raised when alone and is better for the person when they are in the company of others.

Silica:  This remedy is indicated for those who have a lack of self-confidence.  Fears center around performance, such as stage fright.  Anxiety arises over small details and from noise.  The anxiety feels paralyzing.  There is also a fear of pins, needles and other sharp objects.

Stramonium:  This remedy has many fears that will usually be accompanied by rage and anger if this remedy is needed.  There is fear of violent death.  Fear of the dark is so intense that one must sleep with the light on.  There also may be a fear of water, including submerging head in water, even in the shower.  Other fears include animals, dogs, mirrors, reflecting objects, disease, ghosts, injury, suffocation and claustrophobia.  Fright will stay with someone who needs this remedy for a long time, especially if it was a violent fright, such as a car accident.  Night terrors may also be present and may include waking up shrieking or screaming out in sleep.  There may also be violent behavior.

The remedies above are some of the main remedies for fear and anxiety.  In addition to homeopathy, things such as Reiki and meditation can have a positive effect and can help increase your chances of success.

**We do not diagnose or treat disease.  The information provided herein is for educational purposes only.  If you require a diagnoses or if your situation is emergent and life-threatening please consult a licensed medical doctor.

 

The Season of the Flu

As September gets under way we start hearing more and more about the up-and-coming flu season.  This year we seem to be hearing more about it than ever.  The pharmacies have their signs up “Free Flu Shots” or “Only $24.95 for the Flu Shot”, newspapers are printing speculative articles about what the flu season may bring this year, the CDC doing its usual push for vaccination and more and more hospitals across the country are making vaccination mandatory (with very few allowable exemptions) for their employees, dubbing it a patient safety issue, which is a complete farce.  While I understand and am used to the seeing the signs at pharmacies and the CDC is just doing what it’s there to do the mandatory vaccines for hospital employees leaves me a little unsettled, especially when I know there is a better way to fight the flu.  I also believe our health is our choice.  No one should be forced to get a flu shot or lose their job, no one.  But I will leave that rant for another time.

I’ve been researching this subject for over 12 years and, as I stated above, there are better ways to fight the flu than a vaccination.  There are ways that have no side effects (except maybe a healthier body and a stronger immune system).  There are ways that don’t put you at risk for diseases like Guillain-Barré, neurological disorders or auto-immune disorders later in life.

There are ways like these:

Lifestyle:  Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, exercise and find a way that works for you to reduce stress.  Include a good multivitamin/mineral supplement in your daily routine.

Vitamin D:  It’s been studied that most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D.  It’s also been proven that Vitamin D can both help ward off sicknesses like the flu and help you recover from the flu.

Vitamin C:  Start taking it now!  Double up the dose if you get the flu.

Homeopathy:  During the 1918 flu (of which is claimed H1N1 was derived) there were Homeopathic hospitals in the US as well as conventional hospitals.  Homeopathic hospitals saw only a 1% mortality rate for the treatment of the flu.  The conventional hospitals, 30%.  While I was not there back in 1918 to personally witness this, I’ve seen what Homeopathy can do when it comes to the flu and that’s the only proof I really need.  It works.

Prevention

Oscillococcinum:  Can be taken for the prevention of the flu or at the very first sign of getting sick.

Influenzinum:  Most Homeopathic pharmacies and some local health food stores carry this remedy.  It is the best remedy I’ve found to prevent the flu.

Aconite:  This is one of our favorite remedies.  It should be taken at the first sign of a flu.  It works when the onset is very sudden and should be taken within the first few hours of feeling sick, even if no clear symptoms are present.

Ferrum Phos:  This remedy can be thought of as a back up for Aconite.  If you miss taking Aconite within the first few hours of feeling ill, go to Ferrum Phos.

When you know you have the flu

Arsenicum:  There may be a fever with great chilliness.  Profuse and acrid discharge may present from the nose and/or eyes.  There may be some thirst but for small, frequent sips.  A person who needs this remedy will be worse from getting cold and will feel better with warmth (unless there is a headache present).  There may also be irritability and anxiousness.

Baptisia:  Someone who needs this remedy will have a sudden onset of symptoms.  There is generally a high fever with profuse sweating.  The body may feel sore and bruised either all over or in small spots around the body.  A person who requires this remedy may look dull and flushed and there is usually a great thirst.  Vomiting and diarrhea may be present but not always.

Bryonia:  This flu will present itself with a slow onset of symptoms.  A person who fits this remedy will be very hot and very dry, which may cause a great thirst for cold water in large quantities but at infrequent intervals.  The body will ache all over.  There may be a painful cough that causes a headache.  Someone who needs this remedy will not want to move and the headache or body aches will feel better with pressure.  In general this remedy will present for someone who wants to be left alone and wants to lay completely still.

Eupatorium Perfoliatum:  The fever for this remedy will present with the person shivering, who may have chills running up their back.  The body will ache so badly that the person feels as if their bones are broken.  There may be a bursting headache, so bad that even the eyeballs feel sore.  There is a thirst for cold drinks and a desire to lay as still as possible.

Gelsemium:  This is the number one flu remedy.  The onset of this flu is slow.  Fever will present with heat that alternates with chills.  There is usually no sweating with this fever and chills may run up and down the spine.  Body will ache all over.  Muscles may feel very heavy and weak, even the eye lids will feel heavy.  There is generally no thirst.  The three key words for this remedy are “droopy”, “drowsy” and “dull”.

Mercurius Solubilis:  The fever for this remedy will present with a ‘creeping chilliness’.  There may be acrid, smelly, yellow/green mucus discharge from the nose.  There may be an intense thirst and a constant hunger.  A person who needs this remedy will feel worse from temperature changes and feels better with a constant temperature and lots of rest. 

Nux Vomica:  Someone who requires this remedy will have a fever with chilliness and may get the shivers after drinking.  The limbs and back will ache.  There may be a stuffy, stopped up nose that is worse at night.  There is a thirst for hot drinks, such as tea.  A person needing this remedy will feel better with cold and worse with warmth.  This remedy is also indicated when there is a great irritability.

Pyrogen:  This fever will present with creeping chills and a ‘thumping heart’.  It may also present with a rapid heart rate if the fever is low.  There will be severe pain in the limbs and back.  The pain may feel as if the person has been beaten and bruised.  There is usually a headache present and no thirst.  Someone who requires this remedy will be very restless, both with the aching body and the chills.

Rhus Tox:  The fever for this remedy will present with chilliness.  The pain will be centered more around the joints and bones.  There may be a red discoloration at the tip of the tongue and there is a general thirst.  The person who needs this remedy will feel better with gentle motion and warmth and may be very restless.

After the flu

China:  This remedy is for those who have a difficult time recovering from the flu.  There is a great physical weakness and may be a lot of sweating.

Kali Phos:  Depression (mild) after the flu.

Gelsemium:  This remedy is indicated if the weakness and heaviness will not go away after the flu.

Influenzinum:  This remedy is for someone who has never felt well since having the flu.  There is a feeling that the person has never recovered.

The remedies listed above for the flu can be taken in 30C, which is the most common potency found at health food stores.  The frequency of the doses will depend on the severity of the symptoms but generally 2 – 3 times a day is sufficent.  If you have any questions on how to take a remedy or how often contact a Certified Homeopath or your Natural Health Provider.

This flu season, do what is right for you.  Whether it is a natural approach or a vaccination, the choice is still yours.  Make that choice an informed one.  Do your own research of the options that are out there, as that is the best way to make a decision that is best for you and your family.

And I have to add…for those of you who are against vaccines (or who get a vaccine but disagree with a mandate) and  who work at a hospital that is making the flu vaccine mandatory for employment this year (of which I am one of those people, but am not getting the vaccination) keep your chins up.  Work for your freedom of choice, employement and health.  Educate those who need it.  It’s a worthy cause.  Be well.  Stay healthy.

**We do not diagnose or treat disease.  The information provided herein is for educational purposes only.  If you require a diagnoses please consult a licensed medical doctor.