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Tag: homopathy

Homopathic Flu Remedy: Oscillo

Here’s a story about how I cured my flu last weekend. In what looks to be shaping up as a bad flu season around the nation, it’s helpful to have a remedy ready at hand to minimize the illness and speed the recovery.

On Saturday I awoke with what I thought was a head cold: stuffy/runny nose, headache, fatigue, generally feeling lousy. Over the course of the day I took various homeopathic remedies for sinus congestion and colds, did a few rounds of Sinus Rinse, and drank some garlic tea. On Sunday I awoke after an uncomfortable night with little sleep feeling worse and wanting to just stay in bed as much as possible. My head hurt and even reading felt too strenuous. I drank tea but the idea of food was unappealing.Oscillococcinum flu remedy

The thing about homeopathic remedies is that if you don’t have the right remedy, you won’t experience any relief from your symptoms. The wrong remedy won’t make anything worse, but nothing will improve. Clearly I had not hit upon the correct remedy yet for my head cold.

Then, in a conversation with my soon-to-graduate-from-medical-school-younger-brother, he asked if I had experienced any diarrhea. As a matter of fact, I had, though I hadn’t connected it with how I was feeling at the moment. He suggested I might have the flu.

It hadn’t occurred to me that I might have the flu because I hadn’t experienced what I considered to be classic flu symptoms of fever, chills, and body aches. Nor had I vomited, which might also have tipped me off.

I still wasn’t sure what I had was the flu, but thought it would be worth taking the homeopathic flu remedy of Boiron’s Oscillococcinum, just in case. I mixed the contents of a single vial with about 3-4 oz. of clean water, and then put one teaspoon of the water underneath my tongue. I was surprised to find that within 10 minutes I began to feel better. I took another dose 15 minutes later and began to feel even better. I took a third dose about an hour after that, and a final dose at bedtime.

On Monday morning I awoke refreshed after a night of deep, restful sleep. The only lingering symptom was a slight runny nose, but otherwise, I felt energized, hungry, and clear-headed. We loaded up the family and spent a beautiful day skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado, a two-hour drive from our house.

While we of course do all we can to avoid getting the flu in the first place, sometimes you can catch a virus despite your best efforts. Oscillo has worked for my family many times over the years when prevention has failed. Homeopathic remedies are generally safe for anyone to use with no side effects. If, after one teaspoon of the Oscillo water, there is no improvement, it is not the right remedy and you should cease taking it.

This time of year you can often find Oscillococcinum in a Point-of-Purchase display near the check-out stations at natural food stores like Whole Foods.

How to Take Homeopathic Remedies

The right homeopathic remedy can be the quickest and most effective curative for symptoms that you’ve ever seen work.

This time of year I dole out a lot of remedies for various conditions such as colds, coughs, stuffy noses, and flu. Additionally, I’ve been mixing up homeopathic anti-histimine and homeopathic anti-itching remedies to relieve allergic or hypersensitivity reactions brought on by exposure to irritants, unexplained rashes, and psoriasis. But homeopathy can be used for almost any condition.

You may have purchased a homeopathic remedy at the store that comes in little pellets, or you may have received a pre-mixed remedy in a dropper bottle.

While you may simply place 1-3 pellets underneath your tongue directly, it will be more effective to mix 1-3 pellets with 1-3 oz. of clean, filtered water. Avoid touching the pellets with your skin to keep them clean and pure. Stir until completely dissolved. Then place 1 teaspoonful of  the liquid underneath your tongue.

Regardless of whether you have a pre-mixed bottle or you have mixed it yourself in a glass, you will want to:
1. Avoid anything in your mouth (food or drink) for 5-15 minutes before and after taking the remedy.
2. Succuss (bang into your palm forcefully) the bottle 5 times before taking the remedy to activate the molecules, or stir your own mixture well. This step brings energy into the remedy.
3. Squeeze out any liquid from the dropper, then fill the dropper with the remedy. Or use a clean spoon that has not touched your mouth to administer the liquid.
4. Drop 7-10 drops underneath the tongue, taking care to maintain the hygiene of the dropper itself by not allowing it to touch anything. The exact number of drops or amount on the teaspoon does not matter.

For an acute reaction, you can dose every 15 minutes until you find some relief.

With homeopathy, you will notice relief from symptoms within ten minutes if it is the right remedy. If it is not the right remedy, nothing will happen either way. It will never make your symptoms worse. Do not continue to take the remedy that day if you are not seeing improvement after the first dose, and especially after the second dose. Cease taking the remedy upon resolution of symptoms.

Keep the bottle away from computers, microwaves, cell phones, etc. that emit waves. If you travel with it, it’s ok to send it through the x-ray machine but better not to bring it in the full body scanner with you. The bottle is 1 oz and ok to carry on.

Homeopathic remedies should not be taken regularly; only when indicated by symptoms. If you find the remedy does not alleviate any symptoms, it is not the right remedy for this problem.

If you think a homeopathic remedy might help alleviate your discomfort, contact me for a free evaluation and homeopathic remedy recommendation.