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Homeopathy for Cold and Flu Season

By Chris Jensen, October 18, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Chris Jensen
Homeopathic remedies have a long history of use worldwide, but can they really help at this time of year? And are they okay to use with immune-supportive formulas? Tune in to this encore interview for the answers and some expert recommendations. Dr. Christophe Merville is the Director of Education and Pharmacy Development for Boiron USA.

Homeopathy has a long history of use all over the world:
  • Homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo meaning “similar” and pathos meaning “suffering.”  It was first used by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in 1796.
  • Homeopathic medicines are therapeutically active micro-doses of mineral, botanical, and biological substances.  Similar to other over-the-counter medicines, homeopathic medicines can treat acute health conditions such as allergies, coughs, colds and flu symptoms.
  • Homeopathic medicines are regulated as drugs by the FDA and are made according to the specifications of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS), which lists approximately 1,280 medicines.
The homeopathic healing concept can be seen in every day examples and homeopathic medicines are available in a variety of forms:
  • If one chops several onions in a small kitchen, one will experience symptoms such as spasmodic sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes.  All these symptoms will be improved by breathing fresh air.  A patient experiencing these same symptoms, including feeling better when breathing fresh air, whether caused by allergy or a cold, will be relieved by a homeopathic preparation of the onion also known as Allium cepa.  It is as if a very small amount of the onion helped the body to react better against symptoms of cold or allergy similar to those caused by the onion.
  • Sometimes more than one medicine is needed for treatment.  These combinations are available in a variety of dosage forms such as tablets, gels, creams, syrups, eye drops and suppositories.
Homeopathic remedies are best taken at the first sign of symptoms and can be used in conjunction with immune-building formulas:
  • The sooner cold and flu symptoms are treated with homeopathic remedies, the better chance there is for a quick recovery and minimum disruption of lifestyle.
  • Homeopathic medicines are among the safest choices for self-treatment and are generally free of side effects. They do not interact with conventional medicines or immune-building herbs or formulas.
  • Many supplements or vitamins take some time to show their effect, whereas homeopathic medicines work very quickly.
There are a few basic guidelines in addition to using homeopathy for staying healthy during cold and flu season:
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins C and E.  Foods containing these vitamins like nuts, seeds, citrus and broccoli are believed to help support the immune system.
  • Stay hydrated.  When you are feeling under the weather, drinking extra fluids prevents dehydration caused by cold and flu symptoms.
  • Exercise regularly.  Not only can regular exercise lower stress, but research indicates that exercise can stimulate the immune system and promotes healthy sleep.




heather stewart says ...
used homeopathic teething drops with my daughter and loved them. Seemed to work way better than baby orajel and teething gels did.
10/26/2011 8:09:23 PM CDT
Lynda Del says ...
Great Podcast! Thanks for sharing!
10/25/2011 10:48:44 AM CDT
Cheryl Free says ...
Thanks for the great tips and explaining Homeopathy!
10/24/2011 6:51:20 AM CDT
Candice says ...
Interesting to see different points of view. I definitely do believe in eating healthy and getting plenty of rest in order to stay healthy and relieve stress.
11/09/2011 9:03:45 AM CST
Cathy D says ...
Wow lots of mixed reviews and conflicting statements regarding Homeopathy!Personally, I think it's all nonsense and I haven't found enough substantial evidence to persuade me to actually try it on myself. However, if there are people out there who do find relief from their ailments using these techniques or medicines, even if it is just a placebo effect, then I say leave them to it!
10/25/2011 12:25:32 AM CDT
steff says ...
this is great for me to read - i sick with a cold for the first time in a year!
10/23/2011 6:26:26 PM CDT
JulieK says ...
Despite the fact that there seem to be some controversy on this podcast about the use / benefits of homeopathic remedies...I do believe that it's a good idea for things like the common cold and flu to use natural / homeopathic PREVENTATIVE methods to avoid getting sick in the first place. Our bodies are designed with an immune system that can be kept health and strong with various natural methods!
10/26/2011 10:56:46 PM CDT
Pu Ye says ...
I love whole foods, Thanks for the great tips and explaining Homeopathy
10/25/2011 2:14:54 AM CDT
Valerie Taylor Mabrey says ...
I drink orange juice and wash my hands often
10/26/2011 2:54:38 PM CDT
Armada Volya says ...
I've had great results with alternative medicine, with my own health and my cats. Good strong immune system can beat just about every health problem.
10/24/2011 5:39:44 AM CDT
Jennifer Barr says ...
very interesting to listen to.
10/31/2011 7:17:25 AM CDT
Naomi Most says ...
Truly important information. What if people knew they could make their own placebos at home? Then they wouldn't buy vials of water at Whole Foods. News flash: homeopathic treatments are side-effect free because they have NO ACTIVE INGREDIENTS. Sigh.
10/18/2011 11:33:32 PM CDT
Shiloh K says ...
Interesting, thanks for the knowledge!
11/04/2011 12:42:29 PM CDT
Jessie C. says ...
Love these podcasts, very useful information. I've never tried homeopathy, it is always interesting to learn other methods.
10/23/2011 11:20:45 AM CDT
Dee says ...
I've never really understood what homeopathy was so your explanation and podcast discussion really helped a lot. It sounds interesting and pretty effective.
10/26/2011 10:51:19 PM CDT
Valerie Taylor Mabrey says ...
I really like all this information on a pod cast. It is so easy to do. v
10/23/2011 11:05:23 PM CDT
Erica C. says ...
I'd love to give some homeopathic formulas to see how they work for me.
10/26/2011 9:08:20 PM CDT
Christina Gould says ...
I've never tried a homeopathy remedy. Maybe I will.
10/24/2011 11:09:08 AM CDT
Teresha@ Marlie and Me says ...
Thanks for this! I am testimony that homeopathic medicines work. I have never had a flu shot because I use the preventative measures outlined in this podcast.
10/24/2011 6:03:54 PM CDT
Anne Loyd says ...
I enjoyed this podcast and learned quite a bit about the options to help with allergies. I also learned that a combination of treatments may also be necessary. Thank you for sharing this podcast.
10/27/2011 12:22:23 AM CDT
Shannon Egan says ...
I never get sick during flu season! Not since I was a toddler. Maybe I'm just lucky but I keep warm so my immune system isn't effected and take vitamin C supplements.
10/27/2011 1:14:29 AM CDT
Elena says ...
I truly believe in natural, homeopatic medicine. It can be as powerful as pills.
10/25/2011 9:25:02 PM CDT
Amber says ...
I try to eat lots of fresh produce to combat the cold and flu.
10/25/2011 9:52:15 PM CDT
anita b. says ...
i totally believe in homeopathy remedies. i wish my parents started me young.i just discovered it at age 28. :(
10/25/2011 9:34:01 PM CDT
Rachel says ...
Thanks for the information. I've been trying to stay away from traditional medication.
10/26/2011 8:57:45 PM CDT