Its that time of year again – Back to School, with the colds and flu’s starting up again!
Having had my little boy home off school with flu for the last couple of days and prescribing Homeopathic remedies for him it gave me an idea for my blog post.
A quick metira medica of useful remedies to help relieve flu symptoms, which I hope is useful if you or your family end up with it this season.
The NHS online list Flu symptoms as:
• a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
• aching body
• feeling tired or exhausted
• dry, chesty cough
• sore throat
• difficulty sleeping
• loss of appetite
• diarrhoea or tummy painnausea and being sick
Colds are similar but appear more slowly, symptoms stay mostly in the nose and throat and it does not wipe you out completely so can you pretty much continue as normal.
GPs shouldn’t and luckily don’t normally recommend antibiotics for flu. This is because Antibiotics do not help treat flu or cold viruses, so they will not help you get better quicker or take away the symptoms.
Homeopathic remedies can help, along with getting rest, staying warm and drinking lots of fluid which will help you recover quicker.
Commonly called for Remedies for flu and cold are Aconite, Gelsemium, Eupatorium Arsenicum. luckily most of these remedies are available to buy on the high-street, or you order online at Helios. Make sure the remedy potency is 30c (you will see this on the label)
You need Aconite in the first stage cold or flu. Symptoms come on really strong and intense with a hot fever. Often the cold or flu will follow a shock or fright or being out in a cold dry wind. Aconite often is the right remedy if you have a hot dry fever, you feel restless and fearful. You dont want to be touched. All your symptoms get worse around midnight and you feel better from getting some fresh air. To look at there may look obviously anxious with glassy staring eyes, with one check hot and red.
Arsenicum album (White arsenic)
You need Arsenicum if you feel very cold and shivery, and worse with any changes in temperature, but particularity worse in From cold damp weather. You sneeze a lot. The discharge from your noses is thin and watery and burns the skin, which can become very red and sore. The nose can change from feeling blocked to a copious watery flow and change back to dry again. There is a lot of sneezing. You feel better from warm food or drink, even in a hot state. Cold water or drinks can make you feel worse.
You need Euphrasia if you have sore irritated eyes which are sensitive to light along with cold or flu symptoms. The throat my feeling burning. There is a watery discharge from the nose which can burn the skin. The fever won’t be hight and tend to feel better by being up and about during the daytime.
Gelsemium (Yellow Jasmine)
Gelsemium is often thought to be the No 1 remedy for flu. You feel Dull and sluggish, with heavy eyelids. The whole body feels heavy exhausted and trembly. Chills running up your back. And it is hard to stay warm. There may also be a dull headache. Unlike with Aconite the Colds and flu come on gradually. Often triggered by cold, damp weather.
The Images have come from Helios Metria Medica, which is available online and contains many more Homeopathic Remedies.