By: Haridevi Kasia Hanaj, ND
As we say goodbye to summer, we are met by the crisp season of fall with the knowing that the Seattle winter rain is around the corner which also means that cold and flu season is approaching. Homeopathy can be a tool to help keep the body more resilient from viruses and disease. In cases where a sickness develops, homeopathy can be used to help your body recover faster and return back to a state a health and vitality.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is based on the principles of “like cures like” using ultra high dilutions of natural substances. Homeopathic remedies are created by diluting a substance to the point where no physical substance is left in the remedy and only the energetic signature remains. This energetic signature mirrors a cluster of symptoms that people can experience which is based on the principles of “like cures like”. This principle, also known as similimum, suggests that which causes symptoms at a crude dose will help resolve those same symptoms in a homeopathic preparation. This type of homeopathic prescribing is called constitutional homeopathy, where an in-depth interview is completed with a homeopath to determine the best fitting remedy that covers a person’s experience on the physical, mental, and emotional level. Constitutional remedies will stimulate a body’s vital force making the individual more resilient to stress and sickness. Many individuals when taking their constitutional remedy will feel more joyful, peaceful, and unbothered by usual stressors.
In acute illness, we can use these same homeopathic prescribing techniques to zero in on symptoms that the person is experiencing. There is more emphasis on the symptoms caused by the acute illness and less consideration is placed on the chronic symptoms. This type of acute remedy prescribing can create a speedy recovery from an illness. If the correct remedy is chosen, symptoms can start improving within the hour of taking the remedy. Below are some common cold and flu remedies and the symptoms that they cover.
Belladonna: Acute fevers that typically cause flushing in the face. Sleep is usually restless and there will be sensitivity to light and sound. This is also a great remedy for sore throat that is red and inflamed.
Aconite: Sudden onset of fever with frequent sneezing and pain in the root of the nose. An individual will usually develop these symptoms if they have been exposed to sudden cold air.
Oscillococcinum: Great remedy for the initial onset of “flu-like” symptoms such as fever and body aches and one of the few homeopathic remedies that can be used prophylactically against the flu.
Bryonia: Main symptom is a cough that is dry and so painful the child will hug their chest during coughing episode. Symptoms are worse with movement and child will be irritable. Usually a high fever occurs in conjunction with symptoms.
Arsenicum Album: Weakness with flu like symptoms with severe chilliness and desire for warmth and watery discharges from the nose. The child will be restless and anxious.
Eupatorium perfoliatum: Flu with characteristic of deep bone pain as if bones are bruised. Child will toss and turn in bed from pain.
Pulsatilla: Great for later stages of colds where there are nasal discharges that are a distinctive yellow/green color. The child will usually be clinging to parents and behaviors will be weepy/whinny.
Homeopathy can serve as a support in a wide range of scenarios and help your family traverse the Seattle cold months.
This information is meant to be used for educational purpose only and not taken as medical advice. Always consult a professionally trained homeopath or medical care provider for the treatment of any illness.
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