FLU (Influenza) Natural Remedies
Influenza Viruses are characterized by fevers, chills and body aches. It is the body's way of eliminating toxins. Contributing causes of viruses may be from toxin buildup, possibly from a poor diet, too much tobacco, alcohol, coffee, soda, and fast foods.
There are few medical treatments. Anti-viral medications are not used for common flu viruses. However, from a natural approach, there are remedies that build the immune system and increase the body's ability to eliminate toxins.
Many people ask me if they should get a flu shot, or not. Truthfully, flu vaccinations have not been proven to work and may contain mercury and other toxic substances. Scientifically, there are over 300 viruses floating around at any one time. That leaves less than 1% chance of success! There are other issues of safety and efficacy, including side effects.
In France, many doctors recommend using Oscillococcinum once a week for prevention of the flue or several times a day at the onset of the flu symptoms. I suggest using a few pellets of Oscillo weekly. This should be enough to stimulate the immune system naturally.
It is nice to know that you can help the body work through a virus condition, but prevention is even better. A good immune system prevents a virus from reproducing wildly and making you sick. You can improve your immune system by eliminating dairy products, coffee, black tea, alcohol, soda pop and tobacco. Use a natural food source Vitamin C, and the herbs, cell salts, and homeopathics below.
Natural Healing Protocol: Combining supplements will do more to support your body's ability to function properly than using just one. Use the following remedies for best results -- your ability to heal will depend on the severity and length of time your symptoms have been present.
Herbs for Flu
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties. Learn more about herbs >
Dave's Seasonal Defense Formula is a carefully blended herbal combination to increase the immune system to get rid of toxins and help reduce the symptoms of influenza.
New Chapter Immunity Take Care is clinically shown to help fight viruses.
Echinacea is a good general immune booster.
Cell Salts to Help with Flu
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day. Learn more about cell salts >
This flu solution may be used daily during the flu season:
#3 Calc Sulph 6X – toxicity removal and yellow discharges
#4 Ferr Phos 6X – inflammation reducer
#5 Kali Mur 6X – removes mucus and strengthens lung
Flu Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies. Learn more about homeopathy >
Oscillococcinum – for symptoms at the onset of flu. A double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study of 100 patients showed that, when given at the onset of influenza-like symptoms, Oscillococcinum worked better than the placebo in reducing the symptoms of chills (85.7% vs. 57.1%), stiffness (72.5% vs. 41.9%) and fever (79.1% vs. 40%).
Arsenicum album – stomach flu with diarrhea (Nux Vomica). Chills and fever with diarrhea. Desperate, restless from anxiety. Feels anxiety about health. Thirsty, sips water. Worse after midnight; better from warmth. Good for food poisoning.
Baptisia – sudden onset. Higher fever, thirst for small amounts. Toxic appearance (body odor, bad breath, bad stool and bad taste in mouth, sore throat with infected tonsils). Septic conditions; offensive secretions. Epidemic influenza. Inability to think, confusion. Pressure at root of nose. Skin feels sore.
Bryonia – slow onset flu. Severe dryness of mucus membranes, lips and throat. Thirsty, crave cold drinks. Dry hacking cough, holds chest when coughing. Limbs ache. Very irritable, frustrated; wants to be left alone. Stiff painful joints. Chill with external coldness, internal heat. Constipation with dry hard stools. Worse motion, movement of any kind, and deep breathing; better with pressure.
Eupatorium Perfoliatum – high fevers. Bones ache, as if they will break. Aching deep in bones, back and legs. Very thirsty for cold drinks. Restlessness, bed is uncomfortable, feels hard. Fevers and chills alternate. Chills between 7-9 a.m. Perspiration relieves all symptoms except headache. Worse from cold air, motion, and in the morning.
Gelsemium – slow onset flu wtih low fever. Dizziness, blurred vision. Very apathetic. Flu associated with nervous stress, fear, fright, emotional excitement or upset. Dullness of mind, doesn’t want to move; wiped-out feeling.. Thirstless. Trembling, muscle aches and weakness. Apathetic about their illness. Dull aches with heaviness of eyelids. Vertigo from sudden motion, exertion on rising up from a seat. Chills run up and down the spine, as if cold water were poured down the back.
Phosphorus – weak, oversensitive; wants sympathy. Breathing quickened, chest oppressed. Congestion of lungs; whole body trembles with cough. Arms and hands become numb, joints suddenly give way. Pain in stomach, better by cold drinks. Craves ice water during the chill; water is thrown up as soon as it gets warm in the stomach. Exhausting diarrhea. Burning heat up back. Hectic fever with quick pulse.Rhus tox – slow onset, especially after over exerting in cold, damp weather. Aching in all limbs worse on beginning to move; better on continued motion. Restless, has to keep moving. Vertigo upon rising. Sneezing with chilliness, worse evenings. Swollen glands, pain with swallowing. Chilly, as if cold water poured over him, followed by heat. Stiffness of limbs, sore joints, wants to stretch limbs, aching in all bones (Eupatorium Perf). Worse cold damp weather; better warmth.