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1 Step to Prevent the Flu, Stop It, or Resolve It

I was pregnant with my third child when the first round of H1N1 hit the U.S. in the Spring of 2009. I laid in bed for 5 days [that is unheard of for me!] with a fever. I had all of the symptoms and I cannot say it was fun! I basically drank 7-up [also a big No for me] to stay alive. Finally, at Day 5, I tried some homeopathic remedies from my Helios kit–to no avail. Then, on Day 6, I decided to try Anas Barbariae.

Voila! It was like the clouds parted! I still recall leaving the house for the first time to watch my son’s horseback riding lesson and being in complete awe of how good it felt to not be so sick! I put a dose of it into an 8-ounce water bottle and sipped it for several days. A few sips [each sip is a dose] on the first day, then 2 sips, then 1 sip daily, until I was free of the flu symptoms.

Since then, I have kept that remedy in my purse, backpack, car, teenager’s room, bathrooms, jacket pockets.  It’s everywhere because, you’ve heard me say this before … the sooner we get started on healing, the easier / better / faster it will be. 

Some people even use Anas Barbariae preventively during flu season, taking it on a regular basis as a little immune refresher course.  

 It’s so versatile, I decided to include the remedy in my G4 Kit.  It’s the one marked Flu.

When do I take it?

My general preference is that it is taken only as needed, but ideally it is taken ASAP after exposure or after onset of symptoms. Onset of symptoms means that first sore or scratchy throat not relieved by water, that feeling that you’re more tired than you should be, congestion that seemed to come out of nowhere.

The other time to use it is after exposure to illness–i.e., when you’ve been around someone who is sick. You sat next to someone who was sick on an airplane or train. You are at a competition or conference with people who are sick. Someone in your abode falls ill. Sometimes, a single dose will do it. But, if it is important that a person stay well, I might recommend a dose for each day the person is exposed to a contagion.

How do I take it?

From the G4 Kit, each capful is a dose–just tip the remedy into the cap then from the cap in to your mouth to dissolve there. One dose usually is sufficient if you use it preventively or at the very earliest sign of illness.

However, if you do take ill, I suggest the following method:

  • Take one dose as above–a single capful dissolved in the mouth. Typically, we notice improvement within 10-30 minutes in an acute ailment.
  • If that dose helped, you can [can, not must–see below] switch to water dosing*: Pour a capful of remedy in to 4 oz. [half a cup] of drinking water. Ideally, you will have a straw or spout on the vessel of water. When the remedy dissolves in the water, give it a swirl or stir. You now have what I call remedy water.
  • Each sip of the remedy water is a dose of remedy. Take a dose as needed. Typically, you will want a dose every 4-6 hours, maximum. Keep it bedside incase you need it at night.
  • Remember the concept of minimum dose and only take as many doses as you need to maintain forward progress. That means that as you get better, you will need fewer and fewer doses.
  • When you are well and/or done with your remedy water, make sure that you either dispose of the vessel that held the remedy water or wash it with very hot water.

Why use water dosing? Can’t I just take the pills?

*Yes, you absolutely can continue taking the pills for each dose. Just keep on taking one capful per dose, as needed:
Typically, you will want a dose every 4-6 hours, maximum. Keep it bedside incase you need it at night. Remember the concept of minimum dose and only take as many doses as you need to maintain forward progress. That means that as you get better, you will need fewer and fewer doses.

Why do I suggest water dosing, then? Primarily because it takes one dose and makes it in to many doses. That saves the other doses in your vial for another occasion or other members of your household. If that is not an issue for you, then dry dosing [taking the pills] can be much easier and more convenient.

How do I get it?

It’s in your G4 Kit! If you don’t have one, you can become a client here.

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  • The information on this site is posted for educational purposes only, and not intended to constitute medical advice. As with any important medical matter, you are advised to consult an experienced health care provider concerning your specific health concerns.
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Homeopathy 101: Dosing Timing

The last installment of the Homeopathy 101 series, describing homeopathy in general and how I typically use homeopathy for self-care.

Previous posts:

#1 – History

#2 – How remedies are made

#3 – Tools for selecting a remedy

#4 – Process for selecting a remedy

#5 – Selecting a potency

#6 – Forms of dosing

Generally speaking, both for constitutional and acute dosing, my goal is to keep as onward and upward a trajectory as possible.

The sooner you start treating homeopathically, the swifter and more complete the cure can be.  However, homeopathy can help even when an ailment is well under way–sometimes it is more palliative in those situations, sometimes it simple stalls progress of the ailment then slowly treats, and sometimes it parts the clouds after days and days of the flu with nausea/diarrhea/fever/mallaise [yes, I have been there, while pregnant; my thanks to Oscillococcinum for clearing the clouds].

So my goal, as in life, is for the progress to be as onward and upward as possible.  That means a trajectory as close to this as possible, where time is on the horizontal axis and wellbeing is on the vertical axis:

DosingOnwardUpward

For acute prescribing, my general guidelines work like this:

Take a dose.  Take a moment to make a note of when you take the dose.

Make note of the improvement–quality, quantity, and length of time.

If the remedy helps, you have the right remedy.

If the remedy doesn’t help at all, you might have the wrong remedy.

If the improvement lasts two hours or longer, stick with that remedy and potency.  You will know when to re-dose if you have a long plateau [time of no improvement] or a dip / regression in your improvement, as shown below.

DosingIllustrationChart

If it helps the teeniest tiniest bit, you probably need a higher potency.  I call this a ping.  A ping is something like, “It took the edge off the pain for a few minutes but that’s it.”  With pings, my experience is that you really will not get significant benefit from the remedy unless you go up one stop in potency [i.e., from 6c to 30c, 30c to 200c, or 200c to 1M].  If you do not have a higher potency, you can either try to palliate or stall progression of the ailment using the potency you have or by using a loading dose [one dose every 10-20 minutes for one hour] or you can try to increase the potency of the remedy by dissolving a dose of the remedy in 2-4 oz. of water and plussing [shaking / pounding] it 10-30 times before each dose-sip.

Here’s an example of a ping:  A friend’s young daughter was ill on Christmas Eve day.  She was just laying on the sofa all day.  She had flushed cheeks and fever.  I suggested homeopathic Belladonna but my friend thought she had only 30c so she tried to work with that, but the only visible benefit was that her daughter sat up for the first time all day.  Locating some 200c in the cabinet, my friend gave that a try, and by the next day, her daughter had recovered and was well enough to fully participate in Christmas Day festivities, attend church, etc.

If the improvement lasts less than two hours, chances are that you could [but do not need to] go up one stop in potency if you have it on-hand [i.e., from 6c to 30c or 30c to 200c].  If you do not have a higher potency, you can continue working with the potency that you have.  It’ll just take a bit longer to get to cure.  I read a story of a beekeeper who had a systemic reaction to a bee sting and pulled out his remedy kit [all in 6X potencies, which is really low] to take with him on the drive to the hospital.  One dose of Apis 6X seemed to last him about 5 minutes, so he took one dose every 5 minutes while they were en route to the hospital.  By the time he arrived at the hospital, he was fine!

On the other hand, here is an example of the relevance of potency in dosing, though in this example the potencies differed by two stops, which is much more dramatic:  I fell down the stairs while carrying my daughter.  Of course, I tried to take the brunt of the fall, but she did hurt her ankle.  I hurt my arm, wrist, ankle, knee, and thigh.  At least I wasn’t pregnant that time.  Sigh.  Anyway, we were each under the care of different homeopaths at the time.

My homeopath advised me to take some Aconite immediately for the fright, then Arnica 1M.  I took a few doses over a few days and was quite fine within a few days, though I made sure not to over-do it either–to make sure that the actual tissue healed as fully as it felt it was healing.  My daughter’s homeopath believed that only 30c remedies should be used in acute situations.  It took my daughter two weeks to regain full functionality.  We both recovered, but at different rates.

In the rare circumstances where you took too high of a potency, your symptoms might get temporarily worse.  This is termed an aggravation.  Typically, aggravations last a short time and are followed by significant improvement.  For this reason, some homeopaths actually seek to aggravate–I do not!  If you don’t want to ride-out the aggravation, you can either take the same remedy one or two stops down [i.e., from 200c to 30c or 6c, from 1M down to 200c or 30c].  If you do not have a lower potency, put a dose of the remedy in 16 oz. of purified water.  Take a sip-dose and wait a smidge [like 10-15 minutes].  If that does not bring down the aggravation, you can dump out the water, refill it [the remedy’s energy remains in the few water droplets that cling to your vessel] to dilute it some more, take a sip.  Keep dumping and diluting then sipping until your aggravation subsides.

So, you can see that you can use the means by which remedies are made to add or reduce potency.  Pretty cool, huh?

DISCLAIMER:  THIS INFORMATION IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY

  • The information on this site is posted for educational purposes only, and not intended to constitute medical advice. As with any important medical matter, you are advised to consult an experienced health care provider concerning your specific health concerns.
  • No doctor-patient relationship is intended, implied or created by the posting or viewing of information on this site; nor is a doctor-patient relationship created by the submission or exchange of questions or information via email or otherwise with Pamela Lialias.
  • Readers are responsible for their use of information provided on this blog or linked to from this site. Pamela Lialias assumes no liability for the same.
  • Pamela Lialias has made reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of information on this blog site, but absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.
  • Always check with your health care provider.