Last winter’s flu season was considered by the CDC to be an “unusually low” season for influenza. This year does not have the same rosy outlook. I have already seen many cases of acute flu in my clients. If you or a family member is sick, you have the power and ability to treat yourself and your family using homeopathic remedies at home.
How do you do it? It’s simple. Choose a remedy based on each individual’s specific symptoms and give the remedy that matches best.
You may not know if you have the flu or COVID. The symptoms can be similar, and I have seen the same flu-like symptoms in people with both positive and negative antigen tests. Test yourself if you can, so you can properly manage your care to protect others from COVID.
Top remedies for treating the flu:
Gelsemium: Characterized by remendous weakness
Extreme weakness, weariness, debility and sleepiness. Slow onset of fever over a few days. Weakness and heaviness of head, limbs and eyelids. Desire to lie down, can hardly sit up. Can’t keep eyes open. Trembling. Chills up and down the back. Thirstless. Headache in the back of the head, which may extend to the forehead. Better from lying down.
Bryonia Alba: Characterized by aggravation by motion
Much worse from motion, aversion to any effort or motion. Gradual onset. Slowly progressing influenza with severe aching. Irritable, averse to answering questions. Wants to be left alone. Very thirsty, wants large gulps at intervals. Sweats profusely with the fever. Motion of coughing aggravates, so patient holds chest while coughing. Better from heat, lying still.
Eupatorium Perfoliatum: Characterized by severe aching
High fever with severe, unbearable aching. Intense pain in the bones and/or chilled to the bone. Violent shaking with chills. Restless with pain. Chilled but wants cold drinks or food. Lack of sweat with a fever. Moaning and groaning.
Arsenicum Album: Characterized by restlessness and possible GI symptoms
Restless, fastidious (cleaning up even while sick!). Anxiety, needs company. Fear of disease and germs. Clinging and feeling desperate. Burning pains, discharges. Thirst for small sips. Chilly; face is hot, but body is chilled. Thirsty for small sips. Vomiting or diarrhea, or both simultaneously. Worse around 12 to 1 a.m., cold in any form, drafts. Better from warmth.
Belladonna: Characterized by rapid onset
Rapid onset of flu and very high fever. Delirium or hallucinations with fever. Face is flushed red, pupils dilated, eyes glistening. Severe headache with throbbing and pounding pain. Pain worse from jarring and motion. Hands and feet icy cold, but face and body hot. Thirstless. Craves lemons or lemonade.
Nux Vomica: Characterized by extreme chills
Sensitivity to all stimuli; light, noise, odors, etc. Even skin can feel sensitive. High fever with rapid onset. Horrible, intense chills and shaking. Chills from uncovering or from the slightest motions of air under the covers. Severe headache. Can be irritable and impatient. May be preoccupied with work, though very sick. Better from warmth and hot drinks.
Oscillococcinum: Flu prevention and first sign of flu
First sign of flu or flu-like illness. Early in illness, symptoms are vague, and do not point to another flu remedy. General malaise, fever, aching, chills, headache. (See Flu Combination below)
Rhus Toxicodendron: Characterized by aching and restlessness
Influenza with anxiety, anguish, aching and restlessness. Fever can originate from being chilled. Very chilly from being uncovered or from drafts. Aching and stiffness, with a desire to stretch. Pains better from nearly constant movements. Burning thirst. Much better from warmth and warm things.
Natural flu prevention:
Flu Combination 2021-2022
Homeopathic remedies for flu prevention have been a mainstay in homeopathic practices for years. The two homeopathics most often used for prevention are Influenzinum and Oscillococcinum. This product is a combination of both, so you don’t have to choose one product/protocol over another. This Professional Formulas 2021-2022 specific product can be used as a preventive as well as a first line of treatment if you develop general flu symptoms.
If you’d like a bottle please email me and I can mail it to you with instructions, or set it out for you to pick up at my office. The flu combination bottle is $22, and shipping is $10.
Resources for treating yourself and your family at home:
Firstly, you should have an understanding of how homeopathy works. Please download my free booklet called Homeopathy for Everyone. It explains how to use and choose homeopathic remedies. A comprehensive book I love for home use is Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines.
You can buy remedies at grocery stores, pharmacies and online. Here are two online homeopathic pharmacies:
Lifestyle recommendations for a healthy immune system and illness prevention:
- Vitamin D: Many studies show that just having optimal vitamin D levels is excellent virus prevention. Optimal levels are 50-80. Testing is critical. Everlywell.com has home tests.
- Homeopathic constitutional care: reduces susceptibility to illness
- Lower stress: stress releases a cascade of stress hormones that inhibit the immune system. It is critical to consciously de-stress every single day, giving our bodies a chance to move out of the sympathetic response. Meditation, slow hikes or walks, nature, music, massage, etc.
- Adequate sleep
- Wash hands frequently
- Healthy diet; nourishing soups, bone broth, veggies, remove sugar
- Vit C: 1000 mg 3x day
Naturopathic flu treatment suggestions:
- V-clear by Integrative Therapeutics: 4x the normal dose
- Additional Vitamin C: up to 10,000 mg/day, watch for bowel tolerance
- Elderberry: syrup or caps
Happy New Year! Stay safe and stay healthy!