by Tutti Gould, N.D., D.C.
Phlegm and flus have been challenging us forever. The Spanish Flu of 1918 had a devastating effect on millions of people worldwide. It also provided an opportunity for the demonstration of how quickly and effectively homeopathic remedies can work, even when the diagnosis was unknown. Guided by the patient's own unique symptoms, homeopaths then and now are led to the appropriate remedy to bring about a cure in the majority of cases. Mortality rates in the 1918
pandemic was 60 to 80 per cent among allopathic doctors and hospitals and three to 15 per cent with homeopathic treatment as reported in Dr. Sandra Perko's book "Homeopathic Treatment of Influenza, Surviving Infleunza Epidemics and Pandemics, Past, Present and Future with Homeopathy".
Viral infections of all sorts have become a motivating factor to keep up a healthy immune system, which is the best defense. Homeopathy improves a person's overall level of health and creates a more resistant environment to ward off bacteria and virus alike. So, whether you are surrounded by clients with the flu or are experiencing typical first signs such as chills, headache, fever, achiness and fatigue, homeopathic remedies work with the body's own defenses to ease symptoms and minimize sick time, leaving the immune system as strong as before
(if not stronger).
Four Flu Fighters
In a person needing Gelsemium Sempervirens (Yellow Jasmine),
the flu symptoms come on gradually over six to 24 hours. There is profound weariness and all the person wants is to be left alone because they are so tired.
Chills running up and down the spine characterize their reaction to temperature. There is often sensitivity to drafts, which bring on shivering. A throbbing headache described as "a band around the head" can be present along with thirstlessness and dizziness. A great way to remember this remedy is by the four D's: dizzy, dull, droopy, and dumb. That sums up how a person feels who would benefit from Gelsemium.
Bryonia is made from Wild Hops, a vine-like creeping plant that clings tenaciously onto anything firm for support. Just as the plant demonstrates a search for relief from a movement, the person who responds well to this remedy is like a grumpy bear, feeling irritable on moving or being disturbed.Their pains and symptoms are made worse by any exertion.This is the most particular flu symptom that characterizes Bryonia. General symptoms that further indicate the use of Bryonia include increased thirst for cold water, and a frontal headache that feels better with hard pressure. All mucus membranes tend to be dry.
Eupatorium Perfoliatum 30c
This homeopathic remedy is made from the herb Boneset. It earned this name to ease the "bone breaking" fevers by encouraging perspiration. The homeopathic preparation of Eupatorium is best applied to flus marked by aching bones, muscles and eyes as well as shivering chills and throbbing headaches.
Anas Barbariae Hepatis et Cordis Extractum is a popular remedy found in several homeopathic flu formulas. It is effective for the earliest stages of flu, and many people take it once a month throughout the flu season as a dose prevention. You'll find it in Hyland's Complete Flu Care