Homeopathic Remedies for Colds and Flu Part 1
In Part 1 of this series, I will tell you about the basics of the flu and colds, typical symptoms, common OTC medications, and also share a video explaining how to take homeopathic remedies properly.
Getting the flu or cold is very annoying and it’s a big inconvenience in our lives. Luckily, homeopathic remedies offer a safe, effective, and inexpensive alternative to fighting acute colds and cases of flu.
Besides from my own personal experience and those of others in dealing with colds and flu homeopathically, there is research showing that homeopathy is clinically effective for taking on these sicknesses.
Before jumping into the remedies, let’s get a solid basic understanding of influenza (and colds) so we better know how to tackle it with homeopathy.
The Basics of Influenza
Influenza is one of the most common viral infections in the world. In the U.S. alone, there are about 3 million flu cases per year.
Typical symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Runny nose
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Throat irritation or soreness
The influenza virus is easily spreadable in a variety of ways such as by coughing, sneezing, touching, saliva, or by touching an object that was used or touched by an infected patient.
Influenza: More Self-Treatable than You Think
The only time that it can generally be fatal is when it is contracted by a very young child or by the elderly. Men and women between those two age periods are able to deal with it on a much less serious scale. On average, your average flu can last between a few days to a few weeks. The quicker and more efficiently it is treated, the sooner it can disappear. In general, to allow the body to fight the infection on its own the patient must rest and drink plenty of fluids.
When is Influenza Dangerous?
Of course, there are exceptions to this, such as:
- during a deadly flu epidemic
- When it’s contracted by:
- young children
- pregnant women
- those with long-term chronic illnesses
- those with weak immune systems
Treatments Used Today
Every couple of years or so, different medicines are offered by physicians to help fight the flu. Some of these have changed over the years. Here are the most common ones generally used today:
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications
- Nasal irrigation
Although they can help, many of these treatments work primarily by suppressing the body’s flu symptoms, instead of allowing the body to fight it on its own. By suppressing the symptoms, this creates a recipe for side effects, which in some cases may prove to be more than mild.
That being said, this is not an argument for or against vaccines or any of the other aforementioned methods. Everyone should ask their own health practitioner for a final say on this matter.
The Homeopathic Approach: Safe, Gentle, and Effective
Even if one is using conventional medications and getting a vaccine shot, homeopathy can serve at worst as a supporting medical mechanism, and at best, one of your safest, easiest, and most effective form of healing that you can rely on.
Homeopathy’s energetic method of holistic healing can not only heal the surfacing flu conditions, but can also treat the person by tackling the core symptoms affecting him the most. This approach is what leads to better results.
And it’s much cheaper in cost to you as well. Unless you are purchasing a large pack of remedies, a single remedy can cost anywhere between $5-$10. For these reasons, this is why several physicians of both the western and alternative medicines are beginning to recommend the use of homeopathy, either as a prime or secondary therapeutic approach.
In addition to that, people are raving about how well homeopathy has worked for them during the flu and cold seasons.
How To Take Homeopathic Remedies Properly
Check Out the Remedies (part 1)
Listed below are some of the homeopathic remedies for the flu and cold that may be of great help. Keep in mind that this is only a short list, as we will cover more remedies in next week’s article.
Each of the following remedies (and for that matter, all homeopathic remedies) are geared towards an individual with unique symptoms in their own specific cold and/or flu illness.
** Note: All remedies are recommended to be taken at 30c unless otherwise recommended by your homeopath. **
The essence of Aconite for chronic cases is generally a suddenness or shock throughout a person’s case. So too, this can apply to one with an acute cold or flu.
An aconite patient will experience the onset of a cold. Their day will be going great until their energy SUDDENLY decreases to the point that they feel utterly sick.
They will feel worse after being exposed to chilly weather and/or the wind. The Aconite patient will also have a dry cough and clear discharges.
Allium is derived from onion, making it a perfect remedy for one who experiences a cold similar to the way one would experience an allergy.
A cold patient that experiences a type of burning, especially in the eyes, clear discharge, sneezing, tickling, and feels better from open, fresh air should consider this remedy.
Antimonium can be effective for those with sputum that is difficult to rise. Those needing this remedy may also have a nonproductive cough that is wet & wheezy.
Arsenicum works for cold and flu patients that are very restless when sick. In addition, a person needing this remedy likes to sip water, feels that every part of the body burns and aches, involuntary discharges, and may have chills with the fever.
For Arsenicum patients, hot drinks ameliorate. The patient may experience vomiting as well as diarrhea or alternating with the flu.
People needing Belladonna tend to experience sensations going upwards into the head and high fever. Their skin heats up, and their coughs will be spasmodic or ticklish. They may also have a pale and red face and have delirium.
Belladonna is also great for throbbing earaches along with the flu, cold, or other acute conditions.
A typical Bryonia patient with the flu or cold does not want to be moved, will want to be left alone, and will tend to talk about business and money while ill.
In a patient needing Bryonia, the motion of pain is downward towards the chest, unlike Belladonna. A light pressure feels better, but he/she still not want to move. The chest will have a hard-raking cough.
Hypersensitive, extreme responses to pain, likes SCREAMING, typify of a flu or cold patient needing homeopathic Chamomilla.
They will also want to be held, have stopped up ears, and a great amount of thirst. Sometimes one cheek is red and the other cheek is pale.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series next week where I will share the rest of my suggested remedies for colds and flu!