Influenza or “flu” refers to the many strains of viruses that are more intense than the viruses that cause the common cold. Symptoms include fever, aching muscles, headache, fatigue, and may involve the digestive tract, causing diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.
1. Adequate Sleep is Essential
Get plenty of rest to revitalize the body and mind; about 7 to 9 hours a night. Take time out from the busy holiday schedule and relax. Skip a party or two. Schedule time for activities you truly enjoy.
2. Proper Nutrition
Avoid sugars, refined foods, and caffeine; they create a strain on one’s health. Eat plenty of fruits and dark green leafy vegetables. Winter is the time for citrus, apples, and pears. Raw fruits are naturally sweet & loaded with fiber, antioxidants & Vitamin C. Dark leafy green vegetable such as spinach, kale, and chard help eliminate toxins from the body and have minerals that regulate the body’s temperature. Winter squashes are a great source of Vitamins A, C, B1, B5, niacin, folate, and omega 3 fatty acids.
Buy the freshest fruits and vegetables. Look for locally grown produce. Bone broths support immune function.
3. Vitamins B12, C & D are Important During the Winter Months
Look for vitamins that are balanced blends derived from food sources. Studies have shown that Astragalus, a Chinese herb, has antiviral properties and stimulates the immune system.
4. Wash Your Hands…Avoid Sanitizers
Viruses can be transmitted from direct contact with people who are sick. Avoid spreading viruses; cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with a tissue or by using the crook of your elbow. Hand sanitizers can irritate the skin.
5. Homeopathic Support During Flu Outbreak
Influezinum 9C, once a week during flu outbreak. Every year homeopathic pharmacies create a new version designed for the most current strains of flu viruses. Influenzimum is not recommended if you have had a flu shot.
6. Feel the Flu Coming On?
Oscillococcinum 200C; can be the perfect thing to throw off an oncoming virus. My favorite is Ferrum Phosphoricum 6X. Four pellets in warm water every hour for the first 12-hours. Children ages 1-6 should take two pellets.
7. Have the Flu? Take Care of Yourself!
Rest. Drink lots of liquids. Stay warm — wear a hat, scarf, and slippers. Use black elderberry herbal syrup to soothe a cough and sore throat. Try a neti pot or saline spray to open blocked sinus passages.
8. Two Homeopathic Remedies to Consider
There are hundreds of homeopathic remedies that can aid in a cold or flu. Here are two common remedies. Aconite napellus 30C a likely choice when a fever comes on suddenly after being exposed to a chill.
Dull, dizzy, or drowsy? Increased desire to urinate with only dribbles? Gelsemium sempervirens 30C for flu that comes on slowly with fatigue.
9. Test a Remedy
Drop one pellet in a glass of water, stir and take one spoonful, repeat every 15 to 20 minutes. If you aren’t starting to feel better in an hour, discontinue it is not the right remedy for you.
10. Get More Information & Help
If you have gotten the flu or a cold and you can’t seem to recover, it is time to a professional homeopath. I offer consultations for colds and flu to my clients. Give me a call 925-826-3858. Remember, if you are under the care of a homeopath, consult with your homeopath first before taking any homeopathic remedy.
Myra Nissen, CCH, RSHom(NA), is a board certified homeopath (US & Canada) with a practice in Walnut Creek, CA. To learn more about Myra, check out her bio below, read her articles in the Myra Nissen SF BAWJ Author Library and visit her Look Book!
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About the Author (Author Profile)
Myra Nissen, CCH, RSHom(NA), is a board certified homeopath (US & Canada) and a certified Metabolic BalanceⓇ Coach with a practice in Walnut Creek, CA. She enjoys helping women achieve optimal health in body, mind and spirit.
Myra graduated from the Pacific Academy of Homeopathy in 2006. She earned her CCH (Certified in Classical Homeopathy) credential from the Council for Homeopathy Certification, and is a registered member of The North American Society of Homeopaths and the California Homeopathic Medical Society. Myra is a Board Member of the North American Society of Homeopaths and runs the Homeopathy Every Day Study Group of Walnut Creek, which is affiliated with the National Center for Homeopathy.
Myra works with women who are interested in improving their health and specializes in customized wellness programs for women including PMS, PMD, uterine fibroids, menopause, and thyroid disorders. If you are interested in finding out more about homeopathy and how it can help improve your heath, please contact Myra. She offers a 30-minute assessment to see if homeopathy is right for you. Call to schedule 925.826.3858, send an e-mail or visit her website.