Prevention of Colds and Flu

In these times of varying health reports in the media, it can be confusing.  It is the position of this clinic that continued ongoing homeopathic and naturopathic care is your best 'defence' regarding acute colds and flus.  If you are already coming in for homeopathic treatment, you are already doing your best for your health by strengthening your overall system in a holistic way.

In the context of Naturopathic and Homeopathic medicine, it is considered that getting a cold or flu once or twice a year is a good thing. It is also important to come into the clinic at this time, as your body is expressing itself in an acute way and I can get important information that I would not otherwise be able to obtain.  The acute state is important for homeopathic prescribing, and also an important way our body detoxifies.  

 If it is your time then let's make your experience as painless as possible.  In this model of healthcare, a normally functioning immune system will have you ill with a cold or flu at least once per year, if not twice for a reasonable duration of time.  If you are falling ill more than this, it is prudent to seek help from your homeopath or naturopath.  The coughing, spluttering, sneezing, fever is your body taking you through a natural detoxification process.

I will discuss two things in this blog article, firstly are some tools to stop you getting sick (if your body wants to truly be sick these will not work) and secondly how to be happily sick.  The goal of treating a cold of flu is to have the body be content, and to ensure no complications (such as bronchitis or pneumonia).  In this way the body can do what it needs to do and then move on.  Children who are unwell and limp and miserable need to come in for support and an appointment.

These are some guidelines to help you through this fall and winter season.

Stage One of a Cold or Flu
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are 9 stages of a cold or flu.  The early stages are often triggered by the environment, coming in from the cold or wind and noticing your ears are ringing, or your throat is sore. This is the 'oh oh' moment, where you realize you are on your way to getting sick.  Some classic signs: you feel suddenly tired or weak, you have a headache, your throat is sore, your ears are ringing.  These are often after some environmental exchange.

The homeopathic remedy Aconite 30c is very effective for this state and if taken early enough will resolve the issue and your symptoms will disappear.  If you wait too long to take the remedy (if stage 2 is reached) it will be too late.  Also if you body is intending to be ill it will not work.

Jade windscreen formula is another TCM formula designed to strengthen your protective Qi, or Wei Qi.  This formula can be used to protect yourself if you are around those who are unwell.

Later Stages
There are several things you can do to help yourself be more comfortable if you become unwell.  Here at the clinic, we recommend our Immune Tincture containing Usnea barbarata, one of the most potent anti-viral and anti-bacterial plant medicines.

Bedrest.  One of the least expensive and more potent treatments is bedrest.  This is where your immune system does it's best work.

Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is important for strengthening the adrenal and therefore the immune system. Take up to 6g (6000 mg).  Vitamin C does not have to be expensive, look for powders or buffered C products.

Cooked foods.  Avoiding cold and raw foods will strengthen your immune system.  In TCM, soups and stews made with chicken and barley are recommended.

Important Special Tip
Sugar in any form (including honey, fruits and white flour) directly lowers the immune system by lowering the white blood cells (defence cells) which destroy pathogens (viruses and bacteria).  You may notice that if you have sugar, even a small amount, you will feel worse.

Ongoing homeopathic and naturopathic treatments will resolve issues of getting ill more than once or twice per year for a longer time than normal.