Homeopathy hasn’t had the recognition I feel it deserves, especially in relationship to the positive contribution it has made to the treatment of influenza. And I believe we’ll see the true potential and efficacy of homeopathic treatment, in years to come, when there’ll be a rise in epidemic illness.

Every 10 to 30 years, the flu virus historically undergoes radical changes … in which it is altered so completely that most of the world’s population has no immunity to it. During the Asian Flu of 1957 one million people worldwide died. During the Hong Kong Flu of 1968 750,000 people died worldwide.

The Spanish Flu of 1918 – 1919 killed from 22 to 100 million people worldwide. It often struck young, otherwise healthy, people in less than 48 hours. Here are a few examples of the effectiveness of Homeopathy:

Dr Frank Wieland of Chicago wrote: ‘In a plant of 8,000 workers there was only one death. Gelsemium was practically the only homeopathic remedy used, there was no use of either aspirin or vaccination’
Dean W.A .Pearson of Philadelphia collected 26,795 cases of influenza treated by homeopathic physicians. The mortality rate was 1.05% while the rate for conventional medicine was 30%.
Dr H.A.Roberts of Connecticut had 30 homeopathic physicians respond to his request for data They reported 6,602 cases with 55 deaths, which is less than a 1% mortality rate.

In an epidemic, a handful of homeopathic remedies tend to emerge in the geographical area of infection. These remedies become known as the genus epidemicus. These remedies can be used as a prophylaxis to protect people who have been exposed to the infection.


Arsenicum: great exhaustion with extreme chilliness, thirst for frequent sips of warm drinks. The eyes and nose stream with watery, acrid discharges. Irritable and anxious.

Baptisia: gastric flu with vomiting and diarrhoea. Comes on suddenly. Feeling of soreness and bruised all over. Profuse perspiration with a high fever and extreme thirst. Feels (and looks) dazed and sluggish.

Bryonia: flu comes on slowly. Aching pains in all the joints are worse for the slightest motion. Painful dry cough that makes the head hurt. Extreme thirst. Feels intensely irritable and desires to be alone.

Eupatorium: the pains are so severe it feels as if the bones are broken. The muscles ache and feel sore and bruised as well. A bursting headache with sore, aching eyeballs. The nose runs with much sneezing, and the chest feels sore and raw. Thirsty for cold water even though it brings on violent chills in the small of the back.

Ferrum phos: a fever develops, a flu is likely but the symptoms are not clearly developed yet (and Aconite didn’t help). Take 3 doses every 2–4 hours.

Gelsemium: flu comes on slowly especially when the weather changes from cold to warm. The muscles feel weak and achy. There’s a great feeling of heaviness everywhere—the head (which aches dully), limbs, eyelids etc. No thirst at all. Fever alternating with chills and shivers that run up and down the spine. Feels (and looks) apathetic, dullness and drowsiness.

Mercurius: fever with copious, extremely offensive perspiration which doesn’t provide any relief (unlike most feverish sweats). The breath smells bad, there’s more salivation than normal and an extreme thirst.

Nux vomica: gastric flu with vomiting and diarrhea. The limbs and back ache a great deal. The nose runs during the day and is stopped up at night. Fever with chills and shivering especially after drinking. Very chilly and sensitive to the slightest draught of air or uncovering. Feeling of extreme impatience and irritability.

Pyrogenium: serious flu with severe pains in the back and the limbs and a terrible,bursting headache. Feels beaten and bruised all over. Very restless and feels better on beginning to move. Chills in the back and the limbs with a thumping heart.

Rhus tox: flu in cold damp weather. Great restlessness: aching and stiffness in the joints is worse for first motion, it eases with continued motion and then they feel weak and have to rest after which they stiffen and have to move

Remedy Guidelines

■ The indicated remedy should be taken in a 6C or 30C potency

■ Take according to the severity of the symptoms:
more often (every 1–2 hours) if the symptoms are severe,
less often (every 3–4 hours) if they are not too bad.

■ Stop and start the remedy as needed: taking the remedy less
often if it starts to help, and stopping on significant improvement.
it can be repeated if the (same) symptoms return.

■ If about four doses have been taken with no response then it’s likely
to be the wrong remedy. Select another remedy or seek professional help.