With the public hospitals full due to the flu epidemic and schools closing early for CNY what can you do to help yourself or your family members cope with a bad cold or the flu?
Apart from such common sense measures as tucking yourself up in bed, if you can, drinking hot soothing fluids such as hot lemon and honey, and taking high doses of Vit C frequently, how can Homeopathy help?
The right remedy for the symptoms you are feeling at the moment can help the acute symptoms pass through your system quicker, with less likelihood of secondary problems such as sinusitis, bronchitis etc developing. I have listed a few of the most commonly used ones below, together with a brief description of the type of symptoms they will alleviate:-
Aconite ~ for first sign of sore throat and sneezing with or without a low temperature which fluctuates
Ferrum Phos ~ for first sign of a sore & inflamed throat
Belladonna ~ for sudden high temperatures, flushed face, delirium
Aconite ~ for slow to develop fevers, or low fevers which come and go
Bryonia ~ dry, irritable cough, better for cool air, irritable (There are many varieties of coughs which require different remedies)
Fluctuating temperature with copious sweating:
Merc sol, Merc viv
Shivering and aching all over, exhausted, together with some of the above symptoms:
Of course, prevention is better than cure so start taking high doses of Vit C, try to ensure you get enough sleep, eat well, keep warm and if the first sign of a sore throat occurs take Aconite or Ferrum Phos immediately. Finally, If you or anyone else in your family does catch a cold or flu they should wear a mask around the house and in public to prevent spreading their symptoms.
The Homeopathic remedies mentioned above are recommended to be taken at 30c potency. Repeat this dose 3-4 times in 24 hours.
(NB During a high fever Belladonna can be taken once hourly until the temperature decreases. If the remedy is correct only a few doses will be required to bring the temperature down.)
Try not to eat or drink anything for 20 minutes, before and after taking the remedy. Place under tongue and allow to dissolve, or suck slowly.
Stop the remedy when you feel much better, or if there is no change to the symptoms. If you are no better you will need a different remedy for your particular set of symptoms.
NB If symptoms worsen or fevers do not subside contact your doctor.
Finally, if you or anyone in your family is constantly picking up colds and coughs their immunity may be very low. Consider a Homeopathic consultation in order to address low immunity, low energy or feeling as if you have “never been well since..(whatever it was)”.
The Homeopathic medicine which matches your overall symptoms acts as a stimulus to your whole body to heal itself and to renew your energy. After flu, in particular, you can feel very low and lethargic. Homeopathy can come to the rescue!