Common sense tells us that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In our experience, the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from flu is to take care of yourself every day, boost your “vital force” and detoxify with homeopathy. Here are some ways to pamper yourself right now, plus options for “tuning up” an ailing immune system with homeopathic remedies if you catch the flu – or it catches you!
My Favorite Homeopathic Flu-bug Chaser
To boost myself during cold and flu season I take a few pellets weekly of Anas barbariae heptica et cordis 200x, sold commercially as Oscilloccoccinum®, before I get sick. I also take it when traveling to keep from getting sick during the inevitable rigors and uncontrollable exposures during a trip. I’ve been very pleased how seldom I seem to become ill, and if I succumb to a “bug” it’s usually milder and/or shorter-lived than those around me. I usually increase my intake of Vitamin D3 and Vitamin C as well.
Homeopathic Detoxification – help for now, help for later
When the body is bogged down by toxins it can increase inflammation, slow down digestion, and everything runs inefficiently. Enough buildup leaves us vulnerable and susceptible to mild illness such as colds, flu, and other viruses, as well as chronic illness, including cancer. So the first step is to clean up your environment and diet so you don’t put in any more toxins. Then let us help you cleanse and restore health on every level – cellular through the whole body and mind. Even emotional toxicity can be addressed gently – all without pharmaceuticals! A clean body is a healthy body, suffice it to say.
Incorporating the principles of homotoxicology (the study of the effect of toxins on humans), the Houston Homeopathy Method is a highly individualized detoxification system. It can safely and gently aid the body in reducing levels of toxicity of all sorts, from both internal sources and dysfunction, such as “yeast” or fungal dysbiosis and its die-off toxins, as well as environmental toxins, even electromagnetic field damage can be reversed through sequential homeopathy. More detailed information on the Houston Homeopathy Method and its results can be found throughout our website.
Sleep is critical for processing, rebuilding, resetting and recovery for the entire being. Without adequate sleep our minds and bodies cannot reset from today’s assaults, both emotionally and physically, and prepare themselves for what tomorrow may bring. So many adults push themselves, and even their children, with late nights, early mornings, and not enough sleep between to awaken refreshed and recharged. This means lowered resistance. So resist that temptation to get wrapped up in your favorite TV show or book at bedtime. Turn out the light and go to sleep. And even with fall/winter holiday excitement in the air, make sure that even during the fun, naps and bedtime remain a priority for the kiddos, as well! ANOTHER TIP: When I can’t “shut it down” mentally and fall asleep, I reach for homeopathic coffea cruda to help calm the nerves and soothe the brain to rest!
Healthy eating and drinking
Think organic, raw, minimally cooked and few or no processed foods. If it is WHITE – avoid it as much as you can. Refined white flour and too much sugar can take a toll on the immune system, leaving one open to illness. Likewise – read the ingredients. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it! In the long run, fresh, organic, home-made products are better for all of us. Fall is apple season – as well as a host of other fruits and fall veggies. Eating what is in season, locally grown, and organic was shown by Weston Price, DDS, to have such a beneficial effect on the immune system, that it’s even possible to improve one’s teeth! Truly let medicine be your food, and food be your medicine. That doesn’t mean the occasional indulgence is out of the question. The occasional treat is savored more! Health-enhancing products such as kombucha and fresh, organic juicing are a great addition of concentrated nutrition in an easily digested form, so at least a bottle of fresh cold-pressed green juices, even if you mix with fresh, cold-pressed fruit juices to suit your palate, help promote health and can cleanse the system, as well.
If you or child gets sick, here are our three most commonly used remedies for flu symptoms. Remember, you match the symptoms to the proper remedy for the best response. If it is a mismatch, worst case, nothing happens. And if you are uncertain, my favorite way to use single remedies is often to combine just a few pellets of each into a water bottle. We often will combine the remedies below with a few pellets of Oscillococcinum(R) for good measure as well.
Aconitum napellum helps most in the first 24 hours. Especially helpful if you become ill after exposure to cold wind or becoming chilled, as well as after a sudden fright (think HALLOWEEN for little kids!) and helps with the feeling of “I fear I’ll get worse” or “I’m so miserable I fear I will die.” Helpful for hot, dry fevers, with either pale or bright red face, restlessness, symptoms worse in the evening.
Baptisia tinctoria works well for throats so sore one can only swallow liquids, bruised sensation of the limbs, achiness of joints and great exhaustion and indifference towards any stimulus. It helps also with mild diarrhea, swollen glands in neck and jaw area.
Eupatorium perfoliatum should be used in presence of watery eyes, mild vertigo, and feeling of deep achiness in the bones, as if they were bruised or broken. The pains tend to come and go quickly. Also for loose coughs, with soreness in the chest so that one supports it with the hands while coughing. It helps with fever with chills, and insatiable thirst just prior to onset of the chill.
A great investment is one of our 50 remedy kits. It truly is a “Family Urgent Care Clinic in a Box.” And it’s available 24/7 right in your cabinet or suitcase! We also carry a number of homeopathic cough, cold and flu remedies. Join our mailing list for notices of upcoming special offers to save money on your own homeopathic “flu season survival kit”!
If you have a family and would like to have access to our homeopaths, you can fill out our client intake forms ahead of time and we will get you set up so all you will have to do is call if someone becomes ill. We can do a brief consultation for acute, minor illness, family wellness, and tailor remedies for your immediate and specific needs. Virtually all health support systems work best early in onset.
Our homeopathic “Homeopathy Clinic in a Box(TM)” remedy kits are popular this time of year. They make great gifts, too. Often, if you have a remedy kit on hand, we can schedule a phone appointment to get you started towards relief immediately by helping you use those remedies first. Please sign up for our newsletter or LIKE us on Facebook so you won’t miss out on special offers this season!
Here’s to a happy, healthy fall, and may the flu-bug not bite.