It's the season when flu, coughs and colds strike again! According to the HSE (1) “Antibiotics don't work on colds and flu” so is there an alternative?
Here are the top 5 natural homeopathic remedies that may help you get back on your feet quickly and without side-effects.
Gelsemium is commonly needed for that fluey feeling that gradually comes on where you feel exhausted, dull, heavy, trembly, and apathetic and eyelids are droopy and hard to keep open. You may have a temperature and you just want to sleep and be left alone. Muscles in limbs and back are aching and there may be headache and sore throat too, with chills up and down the spine. Usually not very thirsty or sweaty.
Bryonia also has slow onset and aches all over. Temperature can be up, with dry heat. Must lie absolutely still as pains are all worse from slightest motion. Irritable, wants to be left alone. Dryness of all air passages and thirsty for large quantities of cold water at infrequent intervals. Dry hacking cough can be painful and holds the chest when coughing.
Eupatorium Perfoliatum is for that most dreaded flu where it feels as if your bones are bruised or broken as well as having aching muscles. Everything hurts with much groaning, a bursting headache and sore eyeballs. Runny nose and sneezing, raw chest and coughing makes the head hurt. Desires very cold water which may bring on chills. May also vomit green bile. Worse for movement, cold, open air.
Rhus Toxicodendron may be needed for flu that comes on in cold damp weather with much aching and stiffness in joints which is worse when trying to get up after sitting or lying down for a while. Pains usually ease up after a bit of movement but they tire quickly and need to rest again, setting up a cycle of restlessness. All in all, they just cannot get comfortable and are often worse at night, constantly moving around in the bed. Pains may be better for warmth.
Arsenicum Album flu will usually be with watery burning mucous from the nose and eyes and lots of sneezing so nostrils become sore and red. This alternates with a blocked nose. With a fever, very chilly and shivery and thirsty for frequent sips of warm drinks. Mood is anxious, irritable, fussy with great prostration. Everything is better for warmth except the headache which is better for fresh air. Usually worse after midnight and for change of temperature.
The symptom picture needs to match the chosen remedy as closely as possible. These remedies can be obtained over the counter from good pharmacies or health food stores in a 6c or 30c potency and should be taken according to instructions provided, usually one pill every four hours until improvement. Thereafter only repeat the dose if a return of symptoms occurs. If there is no improvement after 3 to 4 doses of the remedy have another look at the symptoms as a different remedy may be required.
If symptoms persist see your homeopath or pharmacist/doctor. A list of registered Homeopaths is provided on this website. Click on Find a Homeopath on our Home page.
Increase your intake of fluids, Vitamin C; Echinacea tincture may also help.
Wash hands frequently and stay at home until better as you don’t want to spread the virus to others, especially those who are weak or vulnerable.