As a very busy homeopathic family physician, I see lots of patients of all ages that are exposed to, and come down with, many variations of viral influenza. Usually, they respond very nicely to a series of specific, acute homeopathic remedies uniquely suited to their flu symptoms, along with additional buffered vitamin C and hot lemon ginger tea. But, sometimes much more is required to support the healing process, when the virus is particularly aggressive and the immune system is unprepared.
Last month, my nurse and I unfortunately got to experience this dilemma firsthand. Put simply, we’re virtually never ill, because we practice what we preach and take good care of ourselves. However, my lovely wife returned from a faraway seminar and brought back with her a virulent, very nasty strain of viral influenza that apparently spread from the Belgian participants at her conference.
This was a bug newly introduced to the Americas to which none of us had had an opportunity to develop immunity, i.e., effective antibody defenses. Needless-to-say, after being exposed to my wife’s constant sneezing and hacking cough for a week, I, too, began to come down with symptoms over the weekend.
Beginning as slight burning in my throat and upper chest, my symptoms rapidly progressed into a severe sore throat, thick, copious, sinus congestion, postnasal drip, raspy, irritating cough, lightheadedness, fatigue and severe muscle ache in my lower back and anterior thighs. Feeling sore all over, I felt as if I‘d been beaten with a club and worried if I’d be able to work the following week, since I had a full schedule of patients, coming from far and wide.
At first, a series of acute homeopathic remedies took some of the edge off, but my symptom pattern changed so rapidly that it was difficult to keep up with them and I often relapsed. High dose vitamin C, tinctures of Echinacea, Astragalus, Lomatium and Aloe helped somewhat, but didn’t hold.
Finally, in desperation, I happened to email a friend and colleague on the west coast to ask if they were also experiencing this horrible flu out in California. Sure enough, he’d already seen several cases and warned me that, without adequate treatment, the illness was lasting three to six weeks, and some elderly patients required hospitalization for viral pneumonia. My colleague strongly recommended the following regimen: ImmunoPhase, 3 capsules every 3 to 4 hours; BronchoPhase, 4 capsules every 3 to 4 hours; and, AllerPhase, 2 capsules every 3 to 4 hours. I had several bottles overnighted for myself, my poor ailing wife, and my nurse, who’d also been struck by this belligerent bug.
We all began following the prescribed regimen soon thereafter, and, within 24 to 36 hours, were noticing significant improvement. I augmented the therapeutic program with 2,000 mg of buffered vitamin C every 3 to 4 hours as well. Thankfully, I was physically able to tend to my scheduled patients that week without mishap. It was a fortunate thing too, because many of my patients were also suffering with a similar, nasty viral illness for which the usual remedies weren’t working well, so I had the opportunity to prescribe lots of the “Three Phases,” as we now like to call them, and was able to observe rapid recoveries in my afflicted patients. Many of these patients reported that their neighbors, friends and co-workers had been sick for several weeks with this virus. After it was passed onto them, they were very grateful to heal so much more rapidly.
To reiterate, the antiviral flu regimen that really worked the best consisted of: ImmunoPhase – 3 capsules every 3 to 4 hours; BronchoPhase– 4 capsules every 3 to 4 hours; AllerPhase – 2 capsules every 3 to 4 hours; and, buffered vitamin C with bioflavonoids – 2,000 mg every 3 to 4 hours.
When the cough is very deep and there is an obvious viral bronchitis (for which antibiotics are useless and probably harmful), I also recommend the following supportive care that I call the “Healing Mists.” Purchase a cool mist, ultrasound humidifier and several pint bottles of 3% hydrogen peroxide at your local pharmacy; into the reservoir of the humidifier, pour the entire contents of one pint bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide; next, pour two pints of water into the reservoir of the humidifier (this results in a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide); set up the ultrasound humidifier by your bedside, or wherever you’re resting, and breathe in deeply the cool vapors for several hours; this will help your immune system fight the viral infection in your lungs (your white blood cells actually use little packets filled with hydrogen peroxide to fight off infectious pathogens).
Mitchell A. Fleisher, M.D., D.Ht., D.A.B.F.M.