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Article in Feel Well Health Directory November 2011


Why do we become vulnerable to colds and flu especially during the winter months? What is going on with our immune systems? What can we do to help?

If our general level of health is strong due do a natural good inheritance we can consider ourselves fortunate indeed. Such lucky individuals can adapt to weather changes without ill effect. They may succumb to a flu once every two or three years and usually get over it easily and completely with some rest and a little chicken soup. Their immune systems are now updated with the latest mutated flu bug. The ability to adapt to changing life situations, environments and seasons without becoming ill is one of the great benefits of having a good working defense mechanism.

But health is not a level playing field. Even with a good life style; eating healthily, taking moderate regular exercise, avoiding smoking and too much alcohol, drugs etc., getting our general health up to a level where we stop getting colds and ‘flus several times a year or even every winter, is something that requires the use of dynamic medicine. This can be accomplished by visiting a Classical Homœopath before acute illness strikes, or when it is over, to get a single remedy which is individually indicated. It is not in the province of home treatment and success depends on the level of health one has to begin with and the skill of the homoeopath. In the twilight of his life even Louis Pasteur said that, “The germ is nothing; the state of the organism is everything.” We have to improve the quality of our Life force (to be understood as the body’s defense mechanism of which the immune system is a part).

I will mention here that people with chronic illness will most likely have a longer and more winding road back to an improved level of health. However, there are many useful dynamic remedies that we can use at home during a bout of acute illness. It is essential to know that the symptoms of the remedy must closely match the symptoms of the sick person. It is the similarity that makes a dynamic remedy into a Homœopathic one.

Some ‘flu remedies* (see below) and their keynotes to consider if you are thinking of treating yourself or your loved ones are available to read on my website as space will not allow here. They are generally available at health food shops and some chemists in the 6th or 30th potencies or may be got from your homœopath.

It is important to know that being able to raise a decent temperature is a sign of a strong immune system and is the body’s way of killing the invading micro organism, so don’t be in a hurry to suppress a fever with paracetamol or aspirin etc.

Some anti flu measures:

Remember: The best preventative is to strengthen your general health with a dynamic constitutional remedy which is homœopathic to your case.

Make it a habit to wash your hands with soap and water when you return home from being in town.

Take vitamin C 1000 mgs at least once a day when you feel illness threatening and continue to do so for as long as you feel you need to.

If you can’t match your symptoms to a remedy, try echinachea 15 drops twice or even 3x a day during the illness or use a herbal tea (e.g. equal parts peppermint, elderflower, yarrow) 3x day to bring down the temperature naturally and relieve symptoms.

Rest Rest Rest! Do not exercise when you are sick. Wait until your energy returns. Your body has enough work to do when you are sick just dealing with the virus or bacteria.

Get enough fluids.

Grandma was right to give you home made chicken soup. Sorry vegetarians!

Garlic is good, lemon and honey drinks, cayenne pepper half a teaspoon full in hot water (yuk, but it works)

* (some flu remedies you may consider using at home)

arnica ... arsenicum album ... belladonna ... bryonia ... baptisia ... eupatorium perfoliatum ... ferrum phosphoricum ... gelsemium ... kali sulphuricum ... mercurius ... nux vomica ... phosphorus ... pulsatilla ... rhus-toxicodendron ... sulphur.

To find out more about homœopathy: Check with me about my Introduction to Homœopathy course - ring 086 300 9109
Pam Muller Dip.Hom.Med. Reg IHM
Classical Homoeopath