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Influenza is an epidemic disease affecting many people of one community usually during winter and spring; it is a specific, acute, contagious, viral respiratory disease spread by aerosols. The virus enters the upper respiratory tract through the nose and mouth, where it may remain or spread. If the infection moves to the lower parts of the respiratory tract including the lungs, primary pneumonia, as well as bronchitis, prostration and croup can develop.

Symptoms appear about two days after infection, the time needed for incubation. At this time, a fever develops and persists for two or three days: full recovery may take up to two weeks.

Since new viral strains are always developing, immunity from one virus does not protect an individual from another strain of influenza-causing virus. There is, therefore, no simple cure for influenza, since this would necessitate immunization for every viral strain.

Influenza is self-limiting, eventually running its course, and treatment must be against the symptoms. This may include resting until temperature returns to normal, drinking as many nonalcoholic, noncarbonated beverages as possible, and taking aspirin or other non-prescription pain-relievers. Antibiotics are not effective since influenza is caused by a virus.


Primary Factors
Influenza is primarily due to a myxoviral infection of the respiratory tract. These viruses are classified as A, B, or C, according to antigenicity.

Predisposing Factors
Direct or indirect person to person contact via aerosols
Heavy smoking
Predisposed individuals susceptible to complications are:
Young children
Persons confined to a bed
Persons with:
Diabetes mellitus
Chronic lung disorders
Valvular heart disease
Pregnancy (especially women in their third trimester)

Signs & Symptoms

ChillsFever which may be severe
MyalgiaBurning pain in the throat
Sore throatChest pain
Runny noseNasal obstruction
MalaiseWarm and flushed skin
PhotophobiaMild depression

Inflamed respiratory mucous membranes
Generalized aches, most pronounced in the back and legs
Dry, hacking cough which gives rise to a productive cough

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function: Immune System Support

General Supplements

Adult Child/Adolescent
Bee propolis*
Beta carotene*
Vitamin A*
Vitamin C1,000 - 3,000 mg 500 - 2,000 mg
Zinc 20 - 100 mg 10 - 50 mg

* Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.


PS = Phosphatidylserine.


The Propolis Information Bureau in England not only recommends bee propolis for 'flu but cites a study comparing bee propolis tincture, which kept the incidence of 'flu down to 7% in contrast to a 63% rate in the group which did not receive the supplement. (A clear, ninefold difference!)

Phosphatidylserine has also been mentioned, presumably countering the mental "fogginess" of this condition.

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Additional fluids should be taken to minimize dehydration from fever. Fever accelerates the metabolic processes and increases the body's need for calories and protein. The Immune Strengthening Diet provides these necessary nutrients.

Homeopathic Remedy

Influenza - 'Flu

1.* Eucalyptus globulus tinct. - tincture 30X to 30C
2. Gelsemium sempervirens - 30C
3. Euphrasia officinalis - 30C
4. Iodium - 30C

One over the counter version is the best selling homeopathic remedy in the world: "Oscillococcinum".

Advanced, by symptom:

1. Extreme aching, limbs (with bones) and eyes - Eupatorium perfoliatum tinct..

2. Achiness and stiffness, worse at rest - Rhus Toxicodendron.

3. High fever - Belladonna tinct..

4. Chills and weakness - Gelsemium sempervirens.

5. Severe throbbing headache - Bryonia alba tinct..

6. Restlessness - Aconitum Napellus tinct..

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.


X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency
Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.


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Coulter, C.R., 1986. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines.

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Shingale, J.N., 1992. Bedside Prescriber.

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Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.

Tissue Salts

Calc. Phos.weakness and lassitude during and after convalescence;
Ferr. Phos.first stage of chills, followed by heat;
Kali Mur.sore throat, white-coated tongue;
Kali Sulf.dry skin, promotes perspiration;
Mag. Phos.neuralgia following 'flu;
Nat. Mur.watery discharges (eyes, nose) sneezing;
Nat. Sulf.primary remedy to eliminate excess toxic fluids;

4 tablets every ½ hour in acute conditions.

Herbal Approaches


Bayberry Bark (Myrica cerifera)
Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra).
Cayenne (Capsicum annuum)
Pleurisy root

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.


Bayberry Bark and Cayenne have been credited with normalizing glandular activity.

Due to recent research in Israel, an old folk favorite from the English hedgerows is making a strong comeback: Black Elderberry.

Garlic and Echinacea have been suggested by Dr. Grabowski:

Echinacea boosts the immune system, like interferon, the following regimen has been suggested by Dr. Grabowski:

1 tsp every hour for the first day.
1 tsp every 3 hours thereafter until the condition has been resolved.

Echinacea is viewed very specifically by the German Commission E, presently, although the approval is expected to become broader as the evidence accumulates. Only Echinacea Pallida root and Echinacea Purpurea herb are approved.

Garlic has been shown to have anti-viral properties. (2 tablets every 3 waking hours).


Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.

Grabowski, RJ: Current Nutritional Therapy: A Clinical Reference. San Antonio, 1995.

Hoffmann, D: The New Holistic Herbal. Element, 1983. Third edition 1990.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Cassia Essence,Chamomile Essence,
Eucalyptus Essence,Fennel Essence,
Frankincense Essence,Ginger Essence,
Hyssop Essence,Niaouli Essence,
Peppermint Essence,Pine Essence,
Rosewood Essence,Spearmint Essence,
Tea Tree Essence,Thyme Essence.

Related Health Conditions

DepressionDiabetes mellitus
HeadacheHeart disorders
InfectionLung disorders



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