We have had one case confirmed of Coronavirus in Auckland. With that news, panicked people emptied the shelves of their local supermarkets. I thought it time to weigh in how homeopathy can support your healthy functioning. Here is what you need to know about homeopathy as you face down the pandemic.
The virus itself is from a family of viruses that cause the common cold in humans already. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease which seems to have made the jump from bats to humans.
The death rate is 2.3% so far and 81% of people infected with coronavirus have it only mildly. It seems to impact the respiratory tract with shortness of breath and also the right side of the heart. If you are healthy, you may only experience flu-like symptoms. Common symptoms include, fever, dizziness, cough, weakness, nausea, vomiting and a runny nose
The danger appears to be, like all influenzas, if you are weaker in the immune system, the lungs or heart. It can progress to a more serious pnuemonia-like symptoms, kidney failure and death.
Am I concerned about myself or my daughter? No we are extraordinarily healthy and rarely get sick. We use homeopathy to keep our immune system supported before and during illness.
Am I concerned about my elderly parents? They suffer from emphysema and atrial fibrillations. Yes, a wee bit.
I'm going to take the opportunity to discuss one of the main principles of homeopathy.
Law of Similars
How do we choose a remedy to support one's health? We look for the similar symptom picture amongst the remedies we have available. The remedy most like the presenting symptoms, will support the body in healthy functioning.
The Law of Similars in action.
Homeopathy may be used alongside other supplements.
With that in mind let's explore the remedies that you should have on hand to support your health this season. We will look at each symptom picture so you can get to know the remedies in your kit.
Anas Barb 200c
French Physician, Joseph Roy, discovered this in 1918 during the Spanish Influenza outbreak. Dr Roy found a strange microbe in the blood of flu patients. He also found the same microbe in the blood of people with other diseases too. Diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhoea, tuberculosis, and cancer. Also those with eczema, herpes, arthritis and mumps too.
He injected blood containing this microbe into rats. The rats would show flu-like symptoms. On moving to Paris, Dr Roy made friends with homeopath Léon Vannier. Together they decided to make a homeopathic remedy from this microbe.
The Anas barb remedy today is made from the liver of a muscovy duck which contained the microbe. Interestingly, water birds tend to host a bunch of viruses. They are also the most resistant to infection.
My family and I take this remedy once per month throughout the cold and flu season. It may support the healthy functioning of the body.
This remedy has anxiety and restlessness as it's keynote symptom. When H1N1 was all the rage, the mothers would have great anxiety around their children being sick. Of course as they became well, the mothers would come down with symptoms. Their symptom picture often matched Arsenicum.
The symptom picture of Arsenicum will have great anxiety and restlessness at first. It will progress to weakness and lethargy. The symptoms feel worse between 12-2 am/pm.
Fever symptom picture: Fever and very chilly. Pain in sacrum and coughing increases the fever.
Cough symptom picture: Difficult respiration with great anxiety. May be wheezing, must sit up to breathe and pulse may be quick and irregular. Dry wheezing cough from tickle in throat.
This remedy's symptom picture in the Materia Medica will have weakness and dizziness. The legs will tremble with weakness and there can be muscle pains in the lower back. Eyes will become so very heavy, wanting to shut.
Fever symptom picture: chill begins between the shoulder blades. Can run up and down the back from sacrum to occiput.
Cough symptom picture: Weak slow breathing. Great prostration and weight felt all over the chest. Dry cough with runny nose and painful chest.
Fever symptom picture: Fever is worse at night.
Cough symptom picture: Pain from chest through scapula. Worse from sneezing or coughing. Can be a bubbling sensation in the chest. Sharp pain in lower lobe of the right lung extending to the back. Respiration is difficult lying on left side but cough is worse when lying on right side.
Keynote symptom within the symptom picture is that it will feel like your bones are breaking.
Fever symptom picture: fever only during the day. Pains down the legs. Shivering and trembling. Intense aching in the bones before the chill.
Cough symptom picture: Cannot lie on the left side. Hoarseness. Cough with very sore chest. Pain in the head and chest during cough.
In this remedy's symptom picture the mucus membranes will be very dry. Bryonia is often known as 'dryonia'. Thirst will not be able to be quenched for a few days before other symptoms manifest.
Fever symptom picture: Peak will be from 9pm until midnight. Can be profuse night time perspiration.
Cough symptom picture: Dry, painful, hacking cough. Must hold his chest while coughing. Least movement is painful including the movement of the breath. A deep breath causes more coughing.
These remedies are a small example of the remedies we have available to support the body. There are many more. These are the remedies I will be having on hand to support my family this winter. It is always a good idea to form a relationship with your homeopath. They will be able to manage your remedies during the different stages of an acute. They will also be able to advise on frequency and potency.
Please understand that if you feel unwell you should always go to your doctor