Influenza is a virus that typically originates in avian species and is transferred to humans in environments where people have very close contact with fowl.
Each year the strains most likely to circulate during the upcoming season are estimated based on last year’s prominent strains.
Viruses are a life form and mutate to adapt from one host to the next. Determining the exact strain each year usually attains a 15%-60% success rate, considering that the chosen strain may mutate.
From the homeopathic perspective, even though we come in contact with many viruses as well as influenza A or B during our lifetime, whether or not we contract these is dependent on our level of “susceptibility.” Genetic predisposition, environment, nutrition, toxic load, and general vitality all play an important role in our susceptibility to contracting illness. The best prevention is clean, adequate nutrition and a healthy lifestyle free of stress.
When we do get sick, over-suppression of a fever can have negative effects. Fever is the body’s natural response to invasion of a virus or bacteria. While we never want to let a fever run wild, the actual number on the thermometer is less important than the level of vitality. As long as fluids are being taken and the individual is alert and responsive, fever is beneficial as it builds natural antibodies. Suppression can lead to worsening of symptoms (such as pneumonia) or lengthening the duration of the illness.
There are many homeopathic remedies that can support the system naturally, aid the body to naturally reduce fever, and speed recovery. Working with an experienced homeopath can help to support innate immunity without getting ‘stuck’ and worsening symptoms.
Homeopathy has its own answer to influenza prevention
A double-blind, placebo controlled study for homeopathic “influenzinum” took place in Brazil in early 2000. The conclusion states, “This clinical trial showed that the use of homeopathic medicines prevent flu and acute respiratory infection symptomatic episodes in children, suggesting a homeopathic prophylactic potential. The use of homeopathic medicines to prevent different diseases should be encouraged in the Public Health System, considering that homeopathy is a safe, low-cost and effective therapy.”
For prevention, influenza vaccines can have questionable effectiveness. Studies have shown that while increasing antibodies to the targeted strain within the vaccine, the innate arm of the immune system is compromised, leading to more easily succumbing to all the other viruses circulating. Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon, discusses vaccines after the age of 50 including the possible neurological effects.
For those individuals wanting more information about flu shots during pregnancy, a good summary of studies is available here.