Treating influenza syndromes with homeopathy

Treating influenza syndromes with homeopathy

Influenza is a contagious viral disease caused by a myxovirus influenzae of which three types are known: A, B, C and several subtypes. Although this virus confers immunity through the secretion of antibodies against the envelope antigen, the same individual can show flu symptoms several times in their lifetime. This virus is capable of mutating its genetic capital during its replication , so there is no cross-immunity between the different subtypes.

Influenza and influenza syndromes

This disease evolves in an epidemic mode; the myxoviruses type A from sometimes up causing real pandemics. Some have remained famous such as “the Spanish flu” in 1918, the “Asian flu” in 1957-1958 or even the “Hong Kong flu” in 1968. Other viruses, myxoviruses , adenoviruses from the ECHO group are also responsible for tables very neighboring clinics labeled “ influenza syndromes ”.

After contamination of a subject, the spontaneous clinical expression of this infectious disease is characterized successively by :

  1. A silent incubation of 2 to 5 days.
  2. A feverish , sudden and short invasion , with chills, congestion of the face and / or body aches.
  3. A state phase lasting several days with fever and tachycardia, sweating, intense headache sometimes accompanied by photophobia, stiffness, catarrh of the ENT sphere and reduced sthenicity. The evolution of this state phase usually takes place in two stages. During this state phase, respiratory, laryngeal, digestive, pericardial and / or neurological complications may occur.
  4. A defervescence readily accompanied by a lasting cough.
  5. A convalescence with a more or less long period of asthenia, which can last several weeks.

The role of homeopathy in influenza-like illness

Used during acute conditions, homeopathy makes it possible to observe a shortening of the duration of each phase of the infectious disease. Especially since the treatment starts earlier. Cures will therefore be particularly rapid if the drugs are administered at the start of the disease; the reactions of the contaminated subject then causing the infectious syndrome to disappear within a few hours. Taking into account the spread of the flu according to the epidermal mode, it is useful to try to protect the unaffected subjects by advising them a preventive homeopathic treatment , easy to follow.

The incubation period of influenza syndromes

This phase being clinically silent , we use, if there is a risk of Oscillococcinum contagion, at the rate of a dose that is repeated 2 times at 6 hour intervals (ie 3 doses in all).

Its great richness in amino acids is probably responsible for the potentiation of the body’s defense mechanisms against infectious agents in general and viruses in particular . Thus, in almost all cases, the flu syndrome will not appear.

The period of influenza-like illness

It can be brutal or more gradual.

Brutal invasion phase:

It is characterized by the installation of an acute febrile syndrome making the choice between Aconitum and Belladona .

The pathogenetic experimentation of aconite generates after a chill , an elevated hyperthermia , with very rapid onset with cardiac erethism , redness and heat of the skin which is dry, sharp thirst (for cold water) and sthenic agitation . This table is often encountered after a sudden cooling and readily begins at night (around midnight or 1 am), waking up the patient who then represents a certain anxiety. We can then observe a reflex earache and cough.

Dosage : Take an average dilution of 7 or 9CH since there are at the same time local symptoms and general symptoms, either one dose or 5 granules repeated every half hour or every hour until the onset of sweating.

Then take :

Pathogenetic experimentation with belladonna causes rapid onset hyperthermia , progressing by bell towers , with cardiac erethism and cephalic congestion accompanied by pulsating pains, redness and radiant heat of the skin , especially sweating of the face ; one also notes a sharp thirst by dryness of the mouth and of the other mucous membranes (sometimes dysphagia), a photophobia by mydriasis, a sensory hyperesthesia (to noise, to the touch, to the shaking) and an agitation with possibility of delirium or a depression.

In practice, the pathogenetic picture of Belladonna being very similar to that of Aconitum , but differing essentially only by the presence of sweating, the indication of Belladonna follows that of Aconitum from the onset of sweating.

Dosage : Take Belladona 7 or 9CH (since there are local or general symptoms), in doses of 5 granules, repeated approximately every hour. Space gradually as symptoms improve.

Progressive invasion phase:

This phase is generally characterized by a sensation of initial discomfort with chills, headache, stiffness, cough. It is then necessary to take Oscillococcinum , a dose as soon as possible, repeated 6 and 12 hours later; the first dose being followed one hour later by:

Dosage : One dose tube in 15 or 30CH. If you want to use another dilution, it is imperative to check the integrity of the eardrums (especially in children). The low dilutions of Sulfur may indeed favor the evolution of an underlying otitis .

The invasion phase is the last stage at which the retrocession of the symptomatology can be obtained in a few hours and we insist on the importance of starting the homeopathic treatment as soon as the first symptoms appear.

The period of influenza-like illness

The patient does not yet benefit from homeopathic medicines during the period of invasion and the flu syndrome sets in. Depending on the symptoms that have appeared in the patient, the drugs must be chosen from:

Gelsemium :

This drug is taken in a patient presenting a febrile adynamic syndrome with high fever of progressive installation, frontal and occipital headache, stupor, chills which can go up to tremors followed by sweating . This feverish patient is not thirsty ; he complains of fatigue and stiffness.

Dosage : Take in 7 or 9CH, 5 granules every hour or every 2 hours depending on the acuity of the case. Space according to improvement.

Rhus toxicodendron :

This drug is indicated in a patient presenting a febrile adynamic syndrome with high fever of progressive installation, accompanied by aches and pains periarticular with stiffening; the modality of improvement by movement, characteristic of this pathogenesis, results in the permanent need to move in bed, with the impression of never finding a comfortable place. The patient seeks heat , buried under the covers, perspires profusely and shivers or coughs as soon as he uncovers himself, then having the impression that he is being poured over ice water.

There is a strong thirst for cold water or milk. One can observe a redness at the tip of the tongue and sometimes an outbreak of perioral herpes . In the latter case, take Rhus toxicodendron in 15CH, otherwise, take in 7 or 9CH, 5 granules every hour or every 2 hours depending on the acuity of the case. Space according to improvement.

Eupatorium perfoliatum :

Drug for adynamic febrile syndrome with muscle and bone pain , headaches and especially eye pain aggravated by the pressure of the globes . Often associated rhinitis and tracheobronchial cough, worse at night, lying on your back, inhaling cold air. The patient thirsts for cold water.

Dosage : Take in 7 or 9CH, 5 granules every hour or every 2 hours depending on the acuity of the case. Space according to improvement.

The 3 drugs above have pathogenesis which frequently covers all of the symptoms of the flu. However, during the course of influenza-like illness, different clinical pictures can be observed which justify the use of other drugs:

Bryonia alba :

This medication is indicated for continuous or remitting febrile states , with headache , stiffness , joint pain and dry tracheal cough . All of these symptoms are aggravated by movement , forcing the patient to remain motionless in bed and compress his chest walls when coughing. The sweats are oily; the thirst is strong and a bitter taste remains in the mouth.

Dosage : Take in 7 or 9CH 5 granules every hour or every 2 hours.

Ferrum phosphoricum :

This medication is used in case of low fever . Emptying alternates between pallor and congestion, the skin is clammy. There is a haemorrhagic tendency resulting in the occurrence of epistaxis and a tendency to localized congestive phenomena: otalgia with inflammatory eardrum or cough of tracheitis .

Dosage : Take in 7 or 9CH 5 granules every hour or every 2 hours, except in cases of earache where one will not exceed 2 catches per day.

Pyrogenium :

This biotherapy is indicated for a febrile syndrome where there is a dissociation of the pulse from the temperature (most often rapid pulse for a low fever). The patient feels stiffness with the need to change position, as if he were in a bed that was too hard. The breath is foul and the thirst keen.

Dosage : Take in 7 or 9CH; 5 granules morning and evening.

Baptisia tinctoria :

The adynamic febrile state is accompanied by mental confusion (or delirium) or damage to the digestive tract : breath and foul-smelling diarrhea, sharp thirst. There is tenderness of the right iliac fossa with gurgling cecum. It is a drug which is more particularly suitable for influenza syndromes with digestive involvement.

Dosage : Take in 7 or 9CH, 5 granules every hour or every 2 hours, depending on the severity of the symptoms; space according to improvement.

When a homeopathic treatment is instituted during the state period, the syndrome defervescence is obtained in a few days without any complications or great post-flu asthenia being observed. Prescription of Oscillococcinum is still possible, but at this stage its effectiveness is much less obvious and regular than during periods of incubation or invasion.

The convalescence period of influenza-like illnesses

The reason for consulting a patient may be post-flu asthenia sometimes accompanied by a sequelae cough which he cannot get rid of. It is then possible to make the patient react by choosing among the following drugs:

Sulfur iodatum :

This drug seems to promote a decongestant and anti-inflammatory reaction which corresponds to the physiopathological requirements encountered at the end of acute infections , in particular with respiratory tropism .

Dosage : take 5 granules of Sulfur iodatum 9CH every night at bedtime until symptoms disappear. In the case of persistent cough, the drug will be supplemented by those indicated in the event of bronchitis or pneumonia. In the event of isolated post-influenza asthenia, it will be supplemented by one or more of the following drugs:

China rubra :

This drug corresponds to the physical asthenia with pallor and hypotension which one meets in patients having presented an abundant loss of body fluids (sweating or diarrhea).

Dosage : Take in 7 or 9CH, 5 granules twice a day until symptoms disappear (usually around ten days).

Kalium phosphoricum :

This drug is taken in cases of mental asthenia with lack of taste for work, the slightest intellectual effort causing great fatigue. In addition, the patient experiences great sensory hypersensitivity and a certain irritability .

The dosage is the same as that of China ; if necessary, it is necessary to alternate China and K alium phosphoricum .

Influenzinum :

Biotherapy prepared from the influenza vaccine from the Pasteur Institute, its use is justified at the end of treatment when influenza sequelae persist (stubborn cough, persistent anosmia, etc.) A dose tube is then prescribed as aetiological drug. unique in 15 CH.

 

 

Clementine. M.
Naturopath – Aromatherapist / Herbalist – Phytotherapist
Consultant in Clinical Phyto-aromatherapy and Ethnomedicine

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