Flu

Flu There is understandably a lot of anxiety and concern regarding flu outbreaks over the past few years and I have decided to share some of my thoughts and tips regarding how to deal with the situation from a holistic point of view. Firstly since you are obviously thinking about your health, why not take this as an opportunity to give yourself a complete boost so that should you be unlucky enough to get ill you will hopefully have the resources to make a speedy recovery.

Really think about what you are eating and drinking. Make a conscious effort to eat nutritious meals wherever possible and maybe start making your own juices or smoothies.

We are all feeling the pace of life speeding up at the moment – why not make a conscious effort to SLOW DOWN. Make sure you get your 8 hours sleep a night or have a nap at lunchtime if that is possible. Enjoy your lunchbreak instead of rushing around trying to fit in extra chores.

Besides these obvious lifestyle improvements there are additional supplements you may consider to bolster your immune system which are listed below.

And of course constitutional homeopathic treatment can really help to eradicate any inherited tendencies and rebalance yourself, giving you increased energy and immunity.

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The history of homeopathy and flu
Homeopathy has been successfully used to battle flu epidemics since it was first conceived One of the most notable uses 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 allopathically 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.”
I would be happy to treat you should you or your family experience flu symptoms but thought it would maybe be a good idea to recommend a few remedies that you could get hold of just in case you are struck down and really can’t be bothered with a full blown homeopathic consultation.

As a natural health practitioner I feel it is my duty to share with you what I am doing for myself and my family in order to raise their level of health as much as possible. Whatever happens if you focus on raising your level of health it can only be a good thing.

Disclaimer: This advice is not meant to replace any professional medical advice and should you have any symptoms that concern you please do call your GP or 111.

As you will be aware homeopathy does not treat a particular disease but rather addresses the symptom picture particular to each individual. In this way we can treat symptoms that come up before they become serious and hopefully avoid a downward spiral.

For example if someone walks into a room coughing – they may have a dry cough or a rattling chesty cough, and it could be caused by a virus or possibly bacteria – whatever the pathogen we treat the symptoms we are presented with.

When we have a disease going around, whether it be a stomach bug or the flu, quite often we see common symptoms and are able to bear in mind some remedies that might well help a lot of our patients. We also have a lot of communication amongst the Homeopathic Community behind the scenes to confirm our thoughts and findings with regards to these remedies.

At times of increased contagion and susceptibility the measures that I take along with my family are as follows:

For Free:
Sunshine – Grab 15 minutes a day of sunshine – to boost your Vitamin D levels and your mood!
Sleep . Make sure you get at least 6-8 hours quality sleep a night – your regenerative superpower!
Exercise I suggest at least half an hour of good exercise – outdoors is best obviously in order to minimise exposure.
Water Drinking water literally increases the amount of fluid in your body, flushing toxins from your system and giving you added energy.

Homeopathic remedies recommended at this time:

Arsenicum Album This remedy covers anxiety about health, with fastidiousness as well as coughs and breathing difficulties – it also has an affinity with gastrointestinal issues too such as diarrhoea or vomiting. If you are particularly anxious about your health at the moment and find that you are almost obsessively cleaning this remedy is the one for you and with all the hysteria in the media I feel it is one of the main remedies at the moment.
Gelsemium This is the classic flu remedy with symptoms including exhaustion with trembling and drooping eyelids, pain at the back of the occiput and anxiety from anticipation of undertaking anything.
Belladonna A remedy for extremely high temperatures that come on very suddenly, often with a throbbing headache.
Bryonia A remedy for dry coughs that come on more slowly often with an accompanying temperature and a headache.
Veratrum Viride A classic flu remedy with the high temperature and strong quick pulse of Belladonna accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
Ferrum Phos This is a good remedy when you are not sure what to give at the first stage of any cough, cold or flu. There is a lack of clear symptoms, other than exhaustion and possibly a sore throat.
Anas Barb This remedy can only be obtained from Homeopathic pharmacies but it is a classic go to remedy for the first onset of flu symptoms.

Weleda Cold relief spray contains Gelsemium (see above), Allium Cepa for colds with itchy runny noses and streaming eye, and Drosera for coughs that just won´t shift.

Weleda Herb and Honey Cough Elixir contains amazing natural ingredients to help dry coughs, encouraging expectoration and soothing the mucous membranes as well as boosting the immune system.

Remedies can be obtained from any of the 3 main homeopathic pharmacies in London – Helios, Ainsworths and Nelsons.  Some can also be obtained at Holland and Barratt Health food shops and supplements can also be obtained here or at The Natural Dispensary

Nutritional supplements to support the immune system:

Vitamin C
is possibly the best thing you can consume if you’re looking to give your immune system a big boost.
Vitamin C helps stimulate the production of white blood cells (also known as leukocytes).
These are cells from your immune system that help to fight infectious disease and foreign invaders.
It’s a vital vitamin needed for repairing and growing tissue; it helps heal wounds, maintain healthy bones and acts as an antioxidant, fighting free radicals that can weaken the immune system.

To top it up, consume foods rich in the nutrient, such as oranges, kiwifruit, brussels sprouts and potatoes on a daily basis

Vitamin D
Most people struggle to get enough vitamin D in the winter months, which is a problem for people’s immune systems as vitamin D stimulates the production of antimicrobial proteins, which the body relies on to fight off infection.
The reason this vitamin is so important is because it has receptors that activate enzymes on the surfaces of our white blood cells.
Not getting enough vitamin D can also lead to autoimmune diseases or repeated infection.
How to get enough vitamin D
Between October and early March people don’t get enough vitamin D from sunlight so the vitamin can be found in supplements and a number of foods, including:
Oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
Red meat
Liver
Egg yolks
Fortified foods – such as most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals
Zinc
Zinc is an immunity superhero that is often overlooked when it comes to fighting colds.
It works synergistically with vitamin C, which is why we combine these nutrients in our personalised formulations if your immune system needs an extra helping hand. Studies have shown that zinc may help to reduce the duration of colds by up to 50 percent.
Zinc can be found in a number of supplements.
Beta-Glucans
Mushrooms have been touted as traditional medicine in Asia for thousands of years due to their well-known immune-boosting powers.
As well as having antibacterial and antiviral properties, mushrooms also contain beta-glucans. Beta-glucans make up the mushroom cell walls and stimulate the immune system,

Vitamin E
Similarly to vitamin C, vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that assists in fighting off infection.
The vitamin can be found in numerous supplements and certain foods, such as almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds and spinach
Elderberry syrup (see my recipe which can be made in August) or sambuccus has been proven to envelop viruses to prevent them from spreading. (research)

A further tip I would like to share is my recipe for elderberry syrup, inherited from my Mother in Law, and used with great success over the years. In fact I have since found out that there is indeed scientific evidence as to why elderberries are so effective in helping with the recovery of flu.

Elderberries can be picked in August so this is a great project for the summer holidays and believe me you will appreciate it in the winter!!

Elderberry Syrup

elderberries
sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp cloves

Pick the fruit on a dry day, wash well and drain thoroughly. Strip the fruit from the stems and put into a pan, adding just enough water to cover. Simmer for 30 minutes until the berries are very soft. Strain through a jellybag or muslin and measure the juice. Allow 500g sugar and 10 cloves to each 500ml of juice. Heat the juice gently, stirring in the sugar until dissolved. Boil for 10 minutes and then leave until cold. The syrup may be frozen in small quantities or packed into small, screw-topped, soft drink bottles which have been sterilized.

So over to you now! – and if you’re still considering Tamiflu or the Flu jab you may want to read up on it on a website I was pointed to called Naturalnews.com or Dr Mercola.