Beat the Fall Flu Season With Homeopathy!

Although fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Canada, it also marks the beginning of the dreaded flu season. During times of transition (i.e. back to school, change in temperature, fewer hours of daylight) our minds and bodies more easily become taxed and imbalanced and consequently less immune to the various cold & flu viruses. The obvious precautions are to look after yourself by means of good nutrition, regular exercise and hand washing, taking steps to decrease stress, and ensuring appropriate amounts of sleep. But if the flu does strike your household, homeopathy is a safe, gentle and effective way to heal your symptoms.

Homeopathic remedies are natural medicines that are free of preservatives, adjuvants, aspirin, and unwanted side effects. Moreover, there are no hidden long-term risks to your individual health. While conventional medicines suppress symptoms (or signs that the body’s immune system is fighting an invader), homeopathy works with the body's self-healing powers, mobilizing the defense systems and working on all aspects of the body (mental, emotional and physical). Not only can homeopathy be used exclusively to promote healing in a timely manner, but homeopathy can also be used to compliment prescribed medicines where necessary and as preventative medicine for those who have undergone a constitutional casetaking.

Having your constitutional case taken by a professionally trained homeopath is the first step to strengthening your self-healing mechanisms in case you come into contact a strong flu virus. When you are generally healthy, you have a much higher chance at successfully fighting any disease, including colds and the flu. If you have not undergone homeopathic treatment prior to contracting the flu, homeopathy can still help alleviate the common symptoms of the flu such as body aches, runny nose, fever and headache. 

Acute disease can often be resolved by our own innate healing mechanisms without outside help. However, this can lead to a partial cure (I.e. flu symptoms that hang on for weeks to months) or a state in which you have injured or fatigued your self-healing mechanisms making you more susceptible to repeated infection etc. Moreover, many assaults (viruses) can be so great as to deplete your life energy and leave you in a worse state than you were prior to contracting the flu, or even destroy life altogether as we have seen in many epidemics. Homeopathy works by assisting and supporting our body in the healing process, thus restoring health in a shorter duration without lowering the physical powers of the patient.     

Homeopathy has a history of success in treating influenza and other epidemics for over 200 years. During the worldwide flu epidemic of 1918, the Spanish Flu (which was also an H1N1 virus), homeopathy saved thousands of lives. During this time homeopathic medicine was prevalent in North America and many people who sought homeopathic care from homeopathic hospitals or individual homeopathic practitioners were restored to good health. Of 24,000 cases of flu treated with conventional medicine during the 1918 flu pandemic, the mortality rate was 28.2% whereas of 26,000 cases treated with homeopathy the mortality rate was 1.05%. These records demonstrate the power of homeopathy in successfully treating infectious disease on a large scale.

The greatest difficulty in treating virulent forms of influenza for conventional medicine is mutation. Today’s super bugs often rapidly mutate producing more virulent forms of the flu that vaccination programs find difficult to keep pace with. Homeopaths adapt treatment based on the individual’s unique expression of symptoms thus making homeopathy better equipped to handle viral mutations. Moreover, Homeopathic remedies do not have any direct effect on the offending virus. They modify our body’s response to it by enabling our defense mechanism to a better recognition of what needs to be fended off. Therefore, as an added benefit, there is never any issue of resistance when using homeopathic medicine. 

Homeopaths generally base their prescriptions on the totality of symptoms uniquely experienced by the individual when treating chronic conditions, as apposed to a specific diagnosis as in conventional medicine. However, during an epidemic a group of the most useful remedies can be deduced as being most likely to be curative. This group of remedies can be quickly mass produced and employed economically on a large scale. These groups of remedies (known as the Genus Epidemicus) can be assumed due to the known causative agent of the epidemic and the characteristic symptoms presented by those who have been infected.

This flu season consider the natural, effective path towards health by seeing a professionally trained Homeopath. Homeopathy is a recognized health profession and is newly regulated in Ontario under the Regulated Health Professions Act. A Homeopath can provide you and your family with flu prevention strategies, as well as safe treatment of the flu. Homeopathy is Ready! Are you?

Andrea Hauser, Homeopath

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