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Dr Taryn Turner   
Wednesday, 07 May 2008
Homeopathic Flu FightersBefore you even start taking remedies, there are a couple of common sense steps to take to prevent yourself from contracting viruses.

First take care of the basics:
  • Wash you hands! Basic hygiene is one of the best ways to avoid spreading viruses
  • Watch your diet. Decrease intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars which depress the immune system and increase your intake of raw veggies.
  • Go to bed. At the first signs of flu, putting yourself to bed for a day could save you days of bed rest later on. Give your body a chance to activate its own defenses.
  • Eat Garlic and Ginger. Raw garlic cloves are naturally high in antiviral and antibacterial constituents. Ginger is pain relieving, antiseptic and antioxidant. Make a tea by infusing thin slices of the root in boiling water for a few minutes before drinking.

A pre-emptive strike
With the basics out of the way, we can focus on the immune system. My all-time favourites for increasing immune activity are Echinacea and Vitamin C. Get yourself a really good quality Echinacea tincture or tablets. If you’re taking the tincture, take 30 drops three times a day to prevent flu and increase this dose to up to 50 drops four times a day if you start showing signs of flu. After you have taken the tincture, the back of your tongue should feel numb or tingly. This feeling will soon pass, but you know you are using a good quality product. If taking the tablets, follow the directions on the bottle. Good quality Vitamin C, such as Poly-C powder (available from Homoeopaths) or Ester C are excellent antioxidants and fight viruses directly so daily intake of 1000mg will ward off the flu. If you get diarrhoea, change to a different brand or decrease the dose. I will often increase the dose to 1000mg twice a day at the start of flu.

In your artillery

Homoeopaths can give you remedies to prevent flu. Most of these contain Influenzinum, the homoeopathically potentised form of the current flu vaccine (remember these change every year with the different strains, so last year’s remedy won’t work as well as the current one). The theory here is that the very diluted vaccine will stimulate the vital force, or immune system, to recognise and react swiftly to one of these viruses entering the body, thus conferring specific immunity.

Influenzinum may be given on its own or combined with immune strengthening remedies. One of the most common is Anas Barbarie or Oscillococcinum. This remedy confers general immunity to flu-like illnesses and can also be given at the onset of flu symptoms in order to help avert a full-blown illness. Unless otherwise directed, take the prevention remedies once or twice a week. As with all homeopathic remedies, take 15 minutes before or after food, and away from strong tastes such as toothpaste.

If the flu gets you…
If you do get the flu, try to select the homoeopathic remedy that most closely resembles your symptoms. Remember that homoeopathy is specific to your symptoms, so different people need different remedies. Here is a list of the most common flu remedies:

  • Aconite (monkshood): This remedy is primarily useful during the first 24 hours of flu. It is helpful when a fever begins after exposure to cold or cold, dry winds. Chilliness and a cold sweat may also be experienced. A barking cough develops, with a burning sore throat, and a bitter taste that lingers in the mouth

  • Gelsemium (yellow jasmine): When fatigue and a generalized heavy, weak feeling pervades the person, even leading to trembling of individual parts and to having heavy, half-open eyelids, this remedy should be considered. These people tend to have little or no thirst, can experience chills up and down their spine, and have a headache in the back part of their head.

  • Bryonia (white bryony): People who have marked body aches during the flu that are aggravated by any type of motion suggest the need for this remedy. Generally, these people also have a headache in the front part of their head which is also aggravated by motion. They have dry, even chapped lips, a dry cough, and a great thirst for cold water. They are warm, and are averse to warm rooms. People with the flu who are very irritable and insist upon being left alone tend to benefit from this remedy.

  • Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset): People with the flu who experience aches in the muscles and pains in the bones and/or in their eyes often benefit from this remedy. Another characteristic symptom of people who need this remedy is chills that occur in the morning, especially 7-9am. These people desire cold drinks, even during a chill and even though it may elicit a chill response. They feel better lying on whatever part of their body is aching.

  • Arsenicum album (arsenic): This is an important medicine for people with the stomach flu who experience nausea and vomiting along with a fever. These people are sensitive to and worse for exposure to cold. They experience a great thirst, but only for sips of water at a time. They feel restless and anxious, usually worrying if they might actually be sicker than they are, and they may seek several professionals' opinion on their condition. They feel better with company around, and they feel the worse at or near midnight.

I suggest taking the indicated remedy every two hours whilst symptoms are acute and decrease the frequency as you get better. Generally, if you are buying remedies over the counter, buy them in the 30CH potency, as these are appropriate for most conditions.

Dr Taryn Turner is a registered homoeopath and qualified doula. She makes a range of over the counter products called Dr Mom, and also treats animals via email. She can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 084 455 5529.
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