Friday, 14 September 2012

Homoeopathy and Diseases: Colds and Flu

Colds and flu are cured by homoeopathic medicines.

 A common cold can be caused by more than 200 viruses; seasonal influenza is caused by influenza A or B viruses. Common cold is characterized by symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing, mucous build up etc. With body aches, chilliness and fever it is hard to miss flu. Homoeopathy offers excellent results in both, without any side effects, without any lingering fatigue etc..

Homoeopathy treats the man in disease, not the disease in man.
As such it is imperative to have a thorough case taking. Besides the symptoms of the diseases the changes in the physical and general make up of the person in detail is to be understood. This includes his activity level like dullness or restlessness (some move about and are restless due to aches or pains while others prefer to be quiet and left alone to ease their pains), his tolerance to heat or cold, thirst, appetite, changes in bowel habits, changes in mental features like irritability, anxieties etc, just to name a few. Based on the understanding, the physician prescribes the suitable remedy. The first few hours may show a rise in intensity of the symptoms due to the action of the medicine on the body. The temperature begins to come down along with the other symptoms. As the troubles subsides, so will the lethargy and weakness, in fact the feeling of wellness may be noticed prior to the disappearance of symptoms. The viruses are ever changing and the symptoms of the patient also changes. Since homoeopathy is more concerned with the man than the causative organism or the disease, these mutations do not interfere with the administration or action of the remedies.

It would be wise to exercise caution before prescribing for a cold. The body is well equipped with an immune mechanism that is more than capable of fighting infections.  The cold is often self-limiting and will subside on its own, after running its course. However, if a cold lasts longer than a week the mucus build up creates a breeding ground for bacteria. This could lead to secondary bacterial infection as well. A few danger symptoms to watch out for includes a high rise in temperature, lethargy, symptoms of croup (breathing difficulty, fever and a barky cough), rapid breathing, wheezing, chest pains etc.

General Recommendations:
Feed a cold and starve a fever, as the general saying goes has no scientific proof. Adequate nutrition and adequate hydration is essential for the body to overcome the illness. Drink lots of warm fluids. Stay rested. A hot or cold pack relieves congested sinuses. Do blow your nose, rest your head and stay warm...

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