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Natural Homeopathic Health in the Flu Season
by Kiran Grover
There is something nostalgic about this time of year when we say goodbye to the old year and plan for the new one fast approaching. For many of us this time heralds a time to reflect and plan. Holidays can mean a welcome break from structure and routine but when it’s cold and wet outside but warm and cosy inside we are all susceptible to coughs, colds and flu. Homeopathy is particularly good enhancing vitality and treating common ailments.
Colds: When a cold comes on suddenly, especially when it’s brought on by cold weather, try Aconite 30c twice a day for up to one week.
A streaming cold with sneezing, watering eyes and burning discharge from the nose can be helped by taking Allium Cepa 30c twice a day for up to one week. On the other hand, burning and streaming eyes with a bland nasal discharge can be treated by Euphrasia 30c twice a day for up to one week. If both the eye and nose discharge burn then Ars. Alb 30c twice a day for up to one week is the most appropriate.
Later in the cold, when there is a thick nasal discharge which is yellow or green then Hepar Sulph 30c twice a day for up to one week can be useful.
Use Nat Mur 30c twice a day for up to one week when suffering from streaming eyes and lots of sneezing. If you have congestion but a dry nose, along with general irritability try Nux Vomica 30c twice a day for up to one week.
Coughs: Again, there are a huge range of coughs, from a rattling, chesty cough - try Antim Tart 30c twice a day for up to one week – to a dry, hacking and spasmodic one – for this try Ipecac 30c twice a day for up to one week, especially if the cough leads to gagging or chocking.
Belladonna 30c twice a day for up to one week can be useful if the cough is dry and tickly and worse at night, especially if there’s burning in the throat and a high temperature.
Bryonia 30c twice a day for up to one week can help with a hard and dry cough that includes soreness in the chest, which is exacerbated by movement. Symptoms include irritation and thirst.
Flu: Generally, symptoms of flu include body ache, lethargy and a temperature. Rest is very important as is eating nourishing food and keeping warm. If you suspect that you have the symptoms of Swine Flu then contact your GP or NHS Direct via telephone immediately.
If flu comes on suddenly and violently then Belladonna 30c twice a day for up to one week can be beneficial particularly if symptoms include flushed skin and a throbbing headache.
A slow developing flu denoted by muscles ache, which is worse for movement, should be treated with Bryonia 30c twice a day for up to one week.
Gelsemium 30c twice a day for up to one week is known as the classic flu remedy for lethargy, heavy dullness in the limbs along with headaches.
Homeopathy is non invasive, non-addictive and simple to use with no side effects. It can be used with other medicines and it’s safe to use in pregnancy and for babies and children. If you suffer from longer term complaints then it is advised to consult a qualified registered Homeopath. Homeopathic remedies can be purchased from most Chemists and Health Food shops and from homeopathic pharmacies. In an emergency always contact your GP or Accident and Emergency Department.