If it weren’t for the weather changing to give us a hint that Flu Season is forthcoming, driving around your local Target or Walgreen’s would be a dead giveaway.
Everywhere you look there are signs encouraging you to get the flu shot–and perhaps others.
Before you get sidetracked and enter the store, you should know that Homeopathy has a long track record of helping people who have influenza.
There are three ways homeopathy can help prevent influenza.
First is a good constitutional remedy. Any acute illness is about opportunity. Most germs are opportunistic, and the flu virus is no exception. The best way to prevent acute illness is not through vaccinations, but from becoming more healthy in our core. A constitutional remedy strengthens your whole being, making you less susceptible to any illness, including influenza. A constitutional remedy can be recommended at any time, but it does take time to work, each year, making you stronger and stronger.
Second, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the developer of the principals of homeopathy, spoke of something called the genus epidemicus. What he was referring to was the most common remedy or remedies that are needed when an epidemic is going around. During the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919, the most common remedy was Gelsemium, followed by Bryonia. Influenza could have been prevented by giving preventive doses of Gelsemium or Bryonia or both to family members and friends of those who suffered through it. It is different each year and it cannot be determined which remedy will serve this purpose until several cases have been helped with a remedy or remedies. Fortunately, with the internet making communication easier, homeopaths are in touch each flu season to share information.
Finally, homeopathic nosodes–remedies made from disease sources–can be used to help ward off the flu. Referred to as homeoprophylaxis, studies have been conducted all over the globe showing the efficacy of this approach. Please read the references here to learn more. For influenza, homeopaths can use the remedy called Influenzinum to lower the risk. When vaccines are developed, they use a particular strain of the flu each year to make a new shot. The theory presented is that you are only immune to the current strains and each year there are new strains. This may be true, or it may be a money making scheme. Because homeopathy is more concerned with symptoms than with influenza strains, we can use the same dose of Influenzinum each year to reduce the risk of illness. If you are interested in getting a few doses of influenzinum, please click here. Put a note in the comment section that you are interested in lowering your risk of catching influenza with nosodes.
Personally, I would definitely invest in option #1, the constitutional remedy approach. I would also try the nosodes, #3, especially if it is close to flu season and you don’t have a good constitutional remedy. Finally, if necessary, I would try #2.