Do you know what to do at the first sign of any cold or flu symptoms? – the first sniffle, ache or bit of scratchy throat? My family and many of my patients swear by Oscillococcinum! I am not usually a brand name dropper but this product works! If taken early enough at the very onset of symptoms, Oscillococcinum will turn the whole thing around and you won’t get sick. You only need 3 doses (about 8 hours apart) and each dose only has to be 5-10 granules (contrary to the directions on the vial). If you still get sick you must have needed to dose yourself earlier. Then other Homeopathic cold and flu remedies will be needed like Aconite, Allium Cepa, Gelsemium or Arsenicum.
And, even more importantly, to create immunity to colds and flus this winter – take one dose of Oscillococcinum monthly starting in November. Your own natural flu shot – without the needle – and sweet tasting, too! It is nice to know that homeopathy has something to treat flu when it comes and, even better, something to prevent your body from being so susceptible. You will find this remedy in most health food stores and some grocery stores.
Fall Flu Prevention Readiness
Are you ready for cold weather and back to school exposure? The best prevention is a strong constitution – which ensures a dynamic immune system. Homeopathic constitutional treatment may strengthen a person who has previously been susceptible. Do you stay well when all around you your classmates and workmates are falling ill? This kind of health is invaluable. I always marvel when even small school children can go for 2 and 3 years with out getting a cold after receiving their constitutional remedy.
I hope that EVERYONE who receives this newsletter already knows and uses Oscillococciunum AT THE FIRST SIGN of any cold or flu symptoms. Three (3) doses in the first 24 hours. Did you know that there have been three double-blind, placebo controlled trials done by independent researchers using Oscillo to treat people with the flu? They found that the best results happened if it was taken within 48 hours of onset of the flu. Remember 10-15 granules is a dose – you do not have to take the whole vial as a dose.
Then I have my creative way of using this product. Take a monthly preventive dose of Oscillococcinum (on a day when you are well) through the cold weather months. Your own natural flu shot – without the needle! Remember that a “cold” is also a virus – not just “the flu.”
I also recommend a popular European protocol in which Influenzinum 9c is taken weekly for 4 weeks in early fall and then another dose one month later. Influenzinum contains the three most recent strains of the 2005-6 flu virus.
Homeopaths world wide are preparing for Avian Flu – again we stress that a strong constitution is the best defense and the above Oscillo and Influenzinum dosing may be protective BUT we are waiting to decide which remedy is best because it has to be based on the specific symptoms and we do not know exactly what those will until it comes.
Families who tend to get Streptococcal infections – strep throat etc. – can take the remedy Streptococcin 200 as a preventive once in the Fall – and some may need another dose after January. I am consulting now with the main teacher of a small pre-school to strategize the best way to prevent what happened last year when Strep went through the whole school over several months and every member of every family ended up needing one or more courses of antibiotics when sequences of re-infections prevailed for quite awhile.
Some years the flu hits harder than others. They are not predicting this to be an extra bad year but it is nice to know that homeopathy has something to treat flus when they come and, even better, something to prevent your body from being so susceptible.
How to Take a Remedy
I am sending this e-mail to some of you who have never heard of Homeopathy – so I should explain what it is and how you take the remedies – which are always safe – even for infants and pregnant mothers. You can use Homeopathy for your pets, too.
Homeopathy can be explained as a systematized way of stimulating the regulating system of the body to find balance. This natural pharmaceutical system uses micro-doses of substances from the plant, mineral and animal kingdoms to arouse a person’s natural healing response. The law of similars, “like cures like” governs how each person’s remedy is chosen. That means that if a substance can cause symptoms in a healthy person it can stimulate self-healing of similar symptoms in a sick person. So we might use the remedy made from onions when someone has hayfever, with watery eyes and drippy nose and the remedy coffea, made from coffee – which usually causes sleeplessness, to treat insomnia.
The remedies are made in Homeopathic pharmacies and administered on good tasting sugar pellets which are placed on the tongue. A good book to explain Homeopathy and how to use it is Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicine by Cummings and Ullman.