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!