Flu

Different strains of the flu come around each and every winter. In most cases, those who get it are ill for a week or so and then recover without any complications. Each year though, the flu virus changes and strikes those who don’t have any immunity to it. In the past few years, bird flu, and more recently, swine flu are the health alerts. More will surely follow.

For any flu scare, the trick is not to panic, but to be just concerned enough to do something about it.

Whatever the strain of flu,  symptoms are invariably the same; fever, body aches, lethargy, cough, headache, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. The complications of pandemic influenzas that make them a potential danger, are sinus infections
, ear infections, bronchitis
 and
 pneumonia
.

Here, we outline how you can protect yourself against the flu, boost your immunity against viruses in general, and how you can manage flu symptoms with homeopathic medicines.

Our Strategy for Treating the Flu has these elements:

  • Protecting you
  • Protecting others
  • Equipping yourselves if there’s an outbreak
  • Medicines for prevention, first stage & established flu
  • Providing you with information via these newsletters (soon to go onto email)

Protecting You

The flu spreads from person-to-person through infected people coughing and sneezing.

Wash your hands often with soap and water before eating, drinking or touching your face. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are effective

Avoid close contact with sick people. You can wear a mask, but far better to offer the sick person one!

Becoming stressed about catching the flu is not going to help, so being well informed, well nourished and well prepared, is more comforting.

Protecting Others

  • Wash your hands frequently after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, contact with sick people, going to the toilet, before you touch your nose, mouth or eyes and before you prepare or eat food.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing and sneezing
  • Stay at home if you get sick.
  • If you come into the clinic for treatment, we will make masks available for you to wear.

Equipping Yourself if there’s an Outbreak

If there is an outbreak, there will be no time for ‘on the spot’ preparation. The Federal government website Pandemic Preparedness Plan is worth a look:

http://www.flupandemic.gov.au/internet/panflu/publishing.nsf/Content/protecting-1

Panic buying is a feature when outbreaks occur, so having medicines, food and other supplies at home is prudent.

Homeopathic Medicines offer effective treatment for flu symptoms.

If you already have medicines at home, we can treat you via a phone consult – that way you avoid a trip out in the cold and this helps us to minimise our exposure to the flu virus.

 

The following homeopathic medicines are available from the clinic, which are available only  to existing patients:

FLU PREVENTION:

Nutrients that are specific to fighting viruses are vitamins A and C, and the mineral zinc – follow the doses on the bottles.

Cod Liver Oil

Zinc

Vitamin C

By law, we are not permited to offer treatment advice on this public website for an infectious disease, such as influenza.

All treatment recommendations must be provided within the context of a consultation.


At any stage of the flu, paracetamol to bring down the fever is likely to prolong symptoms. It’s the virus that’s the problem. The fever helps to kill the virus.  Do not take aspirin, as it can cause Reyes syndrome.


There are many other medicines: coughs need specific medicines.

All dosing instructions will be given with your kit

Homeopathy Was Very Successful In Treating

Cases in The1918-19 Flu Pandemic.

Perhaps the most recent use of homeopathy in a major epidemic was during the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. The Journal of the American Institute for Homeopathy, May 1921, had a long article about the use of homeopathy in the flu epidemic. Dr. T A McCann, from Dayton, Ohio, reported that 24,000 cases of flu treated with medications had a mortality rate of 28.2% while 26,000 cases of flu treated homeopathically had a mortality rate of 1.05%. This last figure was supported by Dean W.A. Pearson of Philadelphia (Hahnemann College) who collected 26,795 cases of flu treated with homeopathy with the above result.

The most common remedy used was Gelsemium, with occasional cases needing Bryonia and Eupatorium reported. Dr. Herbert A. Roberts from Derby, CT, said that 30 physicians in Connecticut responded to his request for data. They reported 6,602 cases with 55 deaths, which is less than 1%. Dr. Roberts was working as a physician on a troop ship during WWI. He had 81 cases of flu on the way over to Europe. He reported, "All recovered and were landed. Every man received homeopathic treatment. One ship lost 31 on the way."

http://www.hpathy.com/papersnew/winston-homeopathy-epidemics.asp

 



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