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Homeopathic Remedies for Influenza

This is a list of the most common homeopathic remedies for the flu. If you get the flu, it is always a good idea to see your regular medical doctor.

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Specific Remedies

Aconite (ACO): This remedy is used for flu that comes suddenly and intensely with fever, anxiety, constricted pupils, and strong thirst. The person may feel fearful or agitated, and the fever can alternate with chills. Symptoms are worse around midnight. Exposure to cold wind or a shock often precedes the illness.
Sudden onset of the flu with great anxiety and fear. She thinks she is about to die.
*Symptoms come on very suddenly, especially after exposure to a dry, cold wind or from an emotional shock or fright.
*High fever, dry cough, sore throat and feeling of great worry and fear.
*The individual is very restless.
*Fear of death with anxiety, tossing and trembling.
*Croupy cough, early stages of croup.
*Pneumonia with sudden onset.
*Coughing up of blood.
Better: in fresh air
Worse: in a warm room, in the evening or at night, lying on the left side, hearing music, and light.

Allium Cepa. (ALL-C): Nose runs freely, sneezing, irritable cough, the face swollen and inflamed. This remedy is sufficient at the outset to cut short an attack, or at least modify the severity.

Apis Mellifica (APIS): If a person has dry fever that alternates with sweating, facial flushing, and a very sore throat with swollen tonsils, then this homeopathic remedy may be prescribed. Pain extends to the ears, and eyelids swollen. Cool air and cold applications may bring relief. Despite the fever, thirst usually is low. The person can be very irritable, disliking interference.

Arnica (ARN): Flu with soreness, as if bruised internally and externally.
*Sends others away saying, "I'm fine, there's nothing wrong " when evident that they are very sick.
*Complains that the bed feels too hard.
*Fear of others approaching and touching them because their body is so sore.
*Desires sour drinks and alcohol.

Arsenicum album (ARS): The person is chilly and exhausted. Anxious restlessness. He may be thirsty, but only takes small sips. May experience nausea with burning pain, or vomiting and acrid diarrhea. If the flu is respiratory, a watery, runny nose with sneezing paroxysms and a dry or wheezing cough. Head is hot, while the body is chilly.
It's suitable to epidemics, and it suits the early symptoms when the affection is the upper portion of respiratory tract. The burning dryness and copious watery excoriating secretion and the involvement of the conjunctiva are unmistakable indications. Lethargy and prostration are prominent. Chills, flushes of heat and severe cold symptoms, discharge irritating, sneezing and prostration. Specific when the throat is inflamed; tenderness of the glands.
Extremely restless, oversensitive, anxious and weak.
*Fear of death.
*Extreme prostration, out of proportion to the disease.
*Very restless.
*Does not want to be left alone.
*Pale face with anxious expression.
*Burning pains better with warm applications.
*Thirsty, drinks in small sips often.
*Worse between 1 and 2 a.m.
*Vomiting and diarrhea are common.
*Diarrhea with acrid, offensive, watery stools.
*Neat, upset by clutter.
*Desires fatty and sour things, especially lemon.

Baptisia (BAPT): Looks drowsy and drunk. Flu with high fever and a feeling of being bruised all over.
*Flu that comes on suddenly.
*Sensation of being bruised and sore all over, the body and limbs feel scattered.
*Profuse sweating with high fever and intense thirst.
*Dull red face, looks dazed/sluggish as if they may fall asleep at any time.
*The bed feels hard (Compare with Pyrogenium and Arnica)
*Stupefying headache, w/ confusion.
*Delirium with strange sensations, as if there is somebody else in bed with him, parts of her body are separated, etc.
*Patient smells bad.

Belladonna (BELL): Indicated w/ sudden, intense symptoms including fever, red face, hot skin, and extreme sensitivity to light and jarring. Other symptoms- a very red sore throat, pounding headache, nagging cough, or other throbbing and inflammatory symptoms. The person's hands and feet may feel cold despite high fever. Chills and heat may alternate.
Flu w/ high fever, red face and dilated pupils. Dryness and burning heat. Everything is intense and concentrated in the head.
*High fever that comes suddenly, often as a result of a change in temperature (e.g. becoming chilled or overheated, washing the hair).
*Flushed face, sore throat, eyes wide/staring, pupils dilated, bright red tongue, red throat w/ white spots on the tonsils.
*Constriction on attempting to swallow
*Ejection of food and drink through the nose and mouth from spasm.
*There may be confusion, delirium or vivid hallucinations.
*Twitching and starting.
*Symptoms tend to affect the right side of the body.
*Craving lemon or lemonade.
*General aggravation 3 p.m.
Better: standing, sitting upright, in a warm room.
Worse: any noise, bright light, movement, lying down, night.

Bryonia (BRY): Bryonia is good if symptoms include a headache, cough, constipation, thirst, and irritability.
Symptoms: Prescribed when a person feels very hot and dry, is thirsty for cold drinks, and experience aching all over.
*Grumpy and feels miserable with the flu
*Wanting only to lie still and be left alone
*Headache, muscle aches, and cough or stomach pain
*Everything feels worse from even the slightest motion.
*Dry mouth, w/ thirst for long cold drinks.
Extremely irritable, talks about business. Flu with a severe, throbbing headache, body pains. All symptoms are worse from any motion.
*Slow onset.
*Thirst for large amounts infrequently, preferably cold.
*Pains (headache, body pains) better by pressure. Lies on the painful part.
*Dryness everywhere, dry tongue, with generally a white coating
*Nose bleed
*Pneumonia, especially of the right side; pleurisy (pain on breathing and coughing).
*Business: worries, talks and dreams about it.
*Wants to go home. May be confused and not realize she is at home.
Better: pressure, rest
Worse: any excitement, noise, touch, movement, bright light, from eating and coughing and at around 3am and 9pm.

Carbo -Vegetalis (CARB-V): "Corpse reviver"
Desperate cases.
* Cold; even the breath and tongue are cold; very pale, air - hunger, asks for the windows to be opened, to be fanned.
* Shortness of breath. Must sit up in bed.
* Bloating, indigestion, and tremendous amount of gas.
* Life seems to be draining away.

China (Cinchona officinalis- CHIN): Ailment from loss of fluids: blood loss, vomiting, diarrhea.
Desperate cases.
* Debility with chilliness.
* Anemic; pallid; weak. Sensitive to touch: motion: to cold air.
* Worse at regular period: alternate days, every third day, every seven days, etc.
* Weariness of the limbs, with desire to stretch, move or change position.
* Painless diarrhea with a lot of gas.

Dulcamara (DULC)
This is one of our best remedies in the acute form; the eyes are suffused, the throat is sore and the cough hurts because of muscular soreness. If brought on by damp, cold changes in the weather, Dulcamara is indicated. Useful remedy for the debility following the flu, as it is usually of the pure nervous type. It is the great post-influenza remedy.

Eupatorium Perfoliatum (EUP-PER): Eupatorium is helpful for severe aching deep in bones that makes you feel sore allover.
General Characteristics: Great thirst for cold drinks
Specific symptoms:
* Deep ache in the bones and muscles
* Eyeballs hurt
* Exhaustion
* Desires cold food/drinks, which are vomited as soon as they warm in the stomach
* Painful cough
* Yellow tongue
* Tremendous aching, as if bones are broken
* Fever preceded by chills, especially from 7-9 AM
This remedy has much soreness/aching of entire body; hoarseness and cough, w/ great soreness of the larynx/upper respiratory tract. Cold symptoms with thirst and drinking causes vomiting. Cough is very shattering, hurts the head and chest, and the patient holds the chest w/ hands. Pains as if bones are breaking are characteristic of the remedy. Many physicians rely on this remedy in influenza almost exclusively in the early stages.
*Feels as if run over by a truck, with pain deep in the bones.
*Bursting headache and sore eyes.
*Thirsty for ice cold water (opposite to Gelsemium, which is not thirsty).
*Chills running up and down the back.
Worse: movement

Ferrum phosphoricum (FERR-P): This remedy may be helpful during flu associated with the following symptoms:
*Rosy cheeks
*A feeling of weariness
*Sensitive eyes
*A short hard cough
*Strong thirst
*Vomiting after eating
This remedy is also prescribed in early stages of flu or fever, even if symptoms are not especially clear.

Gelsemium (GELS): Take Gelsemium if you have heavy, droopy eyes; feel weak and tired, with aches and chills up and down your back; and want to be alone.
Symptoms: Hot head/face w/ chills that go up and down the back; burning headache without any sense of thirst, etc.
Other symptoms:
*Fatigue and achiness that come on gradually, increasing over several days
*The face feels heavy, w/ droopy eyes and aching.
*Headache may begin at the back of the neck and skull
*Chills and heat running up/down the spine.
*Moderate fever
This remedy corresponds to start of trouble- the patient is weak, tired and aches throughout body; intense aching and muscular soreness. Constant chilliness and the patient seeks warmth; fever is less acute than that of Aconite, and the cough is hard and painful. Paroxysms of sneezing with excoriating discharge, and great apathy.
*Paralytic weakness (feel as if run over by a truck)
*The number 1 flu remedy
*Slow onset
*After worrying about a forthcoming task or event such as a public speaking engagement.
*Sore throat.
*Bursting headache from the neck and extending over the head to eyes and forehead; relieved by copious urination.
*Double vision often before/during the headache. Eyelids heavy- can't keep them open.
*Fatigue, heaviness and dullness. Legs feel weak/shaky- just want to lie in bed.
*Pain in muscles.
*No thirst.
*Aching muscles.
*Chills begin in the hands/feet, run up and down the spine.
Worse: early morning and last thing at night, in the sun, and when exposed to tobacco smoke.
Better: urination, fresh air
*BRY also has pains, but is worse from any movement. GELS does not want to move due to fatigue and heaviness, not aggravation from movement.
*EUP-P patient also feels as if run over by a truck, but pains are more severe, and they are felt in the bones. In addition, EUP-P patient is thirsty, and GELS patient is not.

Best used as a prophylaxis before exposure to the viral infection. Made from current year flu vaccine.

Kali Sulphuricum (KALI-S): Yellow, slimy
*Fever with easy sweating
*Yellow slimy tongue, nasal discharge, ear discharge, diarrhea.
*Cough with easily expelled yellow slimy sputum.
*Thirsty. Averse hot drinks.
*Wants to lie down, but it makes her worse, so she must walk for relief.

Mercurius Solubilis (MERC): Useful when you suffer from a lingering flu that just doesn't seem to go away. You may have a sore throat, bad breath, and tender, swollen glands.
Dirty, smelly, drooling.
*Increased salivation, offensive breath, profuse offensive sweat.
*Filthy tongue, large, flabby, tooth - notched
*Craves bread and butter.
Worse: night, heat of bed

Nux vomica (NUX-V): Prescribed for flu associated with thoroughly chilled feelings, cannot get warm, limbs and back are aching, stomach upset. Other indications are:
*high fever
*violent chills
*strong nausea
*cramping in the digestive tract (or painful cough/constricted breathing if flu is respiratory)
*oversensitivity to sound, bright light, and odors
*often very irritable
*feels worse from exertion
*Feels worse from being cold in any way
*Flu with great irritability and oversensitivity. Easily offended, angry, cold.
*Irritable, impatient, angry and easily offended.
*Very chilly. Chilliness on the slightest movement. On the slightest exposure to the open air, shivering and chilliness for an hour; dreads the open air. Slightest draught he gets chilled. He cannot get warm. Great coldness not removed by heat, or by bed coverings. Wants to be completely covered.
*Very sensitive to light, noise, odors.
*Shivering/chilliness immediately after drinking.
*Fastidious. Wants everything just so.
*Collapse and fatigue states from overwork.

Oscillococcinum (aka Anas barbariae): Widely used for prevention and treatment of flu. Best used at onset of flu symptoms, but can be used later.

Phosphorus (PHOS): Indicated for flu when it is accompanied by:
*fever with an easily-flushing face
*feels very weak and dizzy
*sore throat
*stomach pain and nausea or vomiting
*strong anxiety
*wanting company of others and reassurance
*strong thirst, with a tendency to vomit when liquids warm up in the stomach
*The flu quickly affects the lungs, especially the base of the right lung. Lots of cough. Bleeding.
*Bloody sputum, bright red.
*Craves cold drinks, which may be vomited when they become warm in the stomach.
*Burning, pressure and constriction in the chest; worse lying on the left side; worse lying on the painful side (patient and the cough).
*Nose bleed, bright red.
*Cough, worse talking and laughing.

Pulsatilla (PULS): Clingy and weepy when sick.
*Flitting chilliness; chills in spots. Chilly in a warm room.
*One sided chilliness - heat - sweat. One cheek red, the other white.
*Palpitations with anxiety: must throw off the clothes.
*Dry cough at night, better sitting up, worse on lying down again.
*Thick yellow-green discharge from nose. Yellow*green expectoration.
*Craves butter, cream, pastries.
*Tearful, craves company and sympathy.
Worse: external warmth, closed room
Better: open air, outside, slow motion

Pyrogenium (PYROG): Septic states.
*Extremely restless. Has to keep on moving, rocking, wringing, for momentary relief.
*The bed feels too hard, aching everywhere, feels beaten and bruised.
*Everything is offensive: sweat, breath, discharges, stool, etc.
*The pulse is abnormally rapid for the temperature. High temperature with slow pulse, or the reverse.
*Creeping chills in the back, with a thumping heart.
*Bursting headache.
*Rapid bed sores.
*Feels as if someone else is in his bed.
*Consciousness of the heart beating.

Rhus Toxicodendron (RHUS-T): A person who needs this remedy during flu feels extremely restless and complain of achy, stiff muscles. Other indications:
*fever is often accompanied by bone and muscle aches
*teasing cough
*sore throat
*red tongue
*nausea and bloating
*soreness and stiffness may be felt all over,
*feels better from hot showers or from getting up and pacing.
*feels worse when waking up, after lying in bed, or from keeping still too long.
*symptoms are often relieved by rubbing and stretching, but especially warmth and movement.
*Influenza with severe aching in all the bones, sneezing and coughing. Cough worse evenings- caused by a tickling behind the upper part of the sternum. Especially useful in cases brought on by exposure to dampness. Much prostration and depression, and burning tongue, stupor and delirium. Aching pains, nightly restlessness are keynotes symptoms.
*Stiff and restless, better with movement.
*Restlessness. Wants to move all the time.
*Aching and stiffness in the joints, worse on first starting to move and better with continued movement.
*Red triangle on the tip of the tongue.
*Intense fever: thirsty: great prostration: weeps without knowing why.
*Severe aching in the bones.
*Fear of poisoning. May refuse taking medicine feeling it is poison.
*Anxiety and fear which are worse at night.

Sabadilla (SABAD): Sneezing is the great keynote of this remedy. Sneezing and lachrymation on going into the open air. The throat swollen and pain is worse on empty swallowing; sneezing excessive- shaking the body. Shudderings w/ gooseflesh chills creeping upwards- prominent symptoms. Frontal headache, dry mouth, w/out thirst and cough, worse on lying down- additional symptoms.

Sticta (STICT): Nasal catarrh; headache, thirst, nightly expectoration, great watering of eyes, runny nose, hoarseness of voice, frontal headache and depression of the whole system. Tubercular subjects attacked by the flu.

Sulphur (SUL): This remedy is often prescribed for flu that is long-lasting or has lingering symptoms when the patient has neglected to take good care of themselves. The person may feel hot/sweaty, with low fever and reddish mucus membranes. Symptoms, either digestive or respiratory, will often have a hot or burning quality. Heat aggravates symptoms, and the person often feels worse after bathing.
*Hot, burning sensations. Known remedy for skin irritation.
*Partially recovers; then relapses.
*Very sensitive to the open air/ drafts (opp to PULS); worse washing and taking a bath.
*Crown of the head hot but the feet are cold.
*Soles of the feet burn at night; they must be put out of the bed.
*Hungry / starving at 11am, but not before then.
*Often left-sided

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