Flu, or influenza is a viral illness that is more intense than a common cold, and can include fever, muscle aching, headache and fatigue.  Homeopathic remedies can help to lessen the severity of a flu and aid in your recovery.  Homeopathic remedies are selected by looking at your particular symptoms and matching them to the symptoms characteristic of that remedy.

For flu prevention I recommend the homeopathic remedy Influenzinum 200C.  It can be taken one dose per month during flu season.  If you are being constantly exposed to the flu (in your workplace or in your family for example), during outbreaks you can take one dose per week.  Also helpful to have on hand during flu season is the remedy Oscillococcinum, which I carry, also available at health food stores and in the health section of Sobeys and Superstore.  You can begin taking Oscillococcinum at the first sign of the flu, and take 2 or 3 doses 4 to 8 hours apart.

Recently I reviewed two of the most common flu remedies, Gelsemium and Eupatorium Perfolatum (see blog posted on ).  A person needing Bryonia for the flu would experience a slow onset, would be worse from the least movement and could have a very hot and dry fever.  They might be intermittently thirsty for large quantities of cold water.  The big clue to Bryonia is however, the worse from any movement.  The person wants to remain absolutely still and be left alone.

Nux vomica would be indicated for a flu with the chills and shivering (especially after drinking), lots of aching, often with gastric symptoms.  The person feels worse from the least movement and from anything cold, and better from warmth (including a thirst for hot drinks).  A strong symptom of a Nux vomica flu is extreme irritability.

Post flu recovery

Homeopathic remedies can also help with symptoms that linger after a flu has passed.  China is indicated for physical weakness and sweating after a flu.  For mild depression after the flu, Kali phosphoricum can be indicated.  Gelsemium can be indicated for weakness and heaviness that lingers after a flu (China has more weakness and sweating).   Take a dose of the indicated remedy in the 30C potency every 4 to 8 hours for up to 3 doses.