Homeopath and Acupuncturist, Dr Bruce Thomson, said the current round of flu seems to be an” Atypical flu season”, with significant uptick in patient visits with intense viral symptoms.
Of note this year are the intense fevers, swollen glands and generalized body aches - including headaches - that are relapsing and with slow recovery.
“There are relatively few or minor mucosal symptoms in the initial presentation but the general symptoms are severe and prolonged. In those cases where symptoms do progress into the chest or sinus the progress is likewise slow and, again, symptoms tend to relapse after a period of apparent recovery. It is noted that the relapses tend to be where the symptoms migrate to the lungs or the Gastrointestinal Tract. As with all conditions treated homeopathically, the immune system is allowed full reign with as much support as the Practitioner is able to provide in order to leave the patient stronger and more adaptable to challenges posed by future strains of the virus,” said Thomspon.
He said the homeopathic remedies being used in general mirror those that were more commonly indicated during the Northern hemisphere flu season, suggesting a close relationship between the viral strains.
“Homeopathic remedies are individualised to the patient/case but in epidemics it is often seen that particular remedies are dominant.”
But there are ways to tackle the flu starting with behaviour, eating habits and preventative steps, he advised:
* Behaviour: lots of fresh air, fresh unprocessed food (as organic as possible), water and
most important of all, rest.
* Make sure your plate has lots of colourful food on it – eat a Rainbow every day! The pigments in our fresh foods contain a multitude of phytochemicals that provide all the vitamins, sterols, sterolins and other micronutrients we need day to day.
* Before you get sick: Regular exercise, managing stress and simply washing your hands regularly at this time of year have all been shown to be of benefit as well.
Thomson said there are natural ways to deal with flu - with some probably in your kitchen right now:
In the Kitchen:
* Warm water with a whole lemon (some of the skin as well for the citrus bioflavonoids), a thumb of grated ginger, and some honey. Make a litre or two and drink this all day. Chilli or cayenne added to this will help soothe a sore throat.
* Other useful teas: thyme, sage, mint and chamomile
* Echinacea Purpurea/Angustifolia– it HAS to be the root, no other part of the plant provides the alkyl amides which do the work.
* Glycirrhiza Glabra – liquorice root to support the mucous membranes and the adrenal glands
* Olea Europea – olive leaf is an effective anti-viral and anti-fungal
* Ginseng – immune booster and adrenal tonic
* Andrographis – “Indian ginseng” – immune booster
On supplements, Thomson said: "We know about Vitamin C and Zinc for fighting colds and flu but don’t forget a good dose of Garlic, Elderberry and/or Vitamin E are extremely useful as well."