Oscillococcinum for Influenza

18Believe it or not, flu season just started in Arizona! You may have had the flu shot, or you may be taking a handful of supplements, such as extra vitamin C, probiotics, for prevention of flu. Either way, I want you to be prepared for the season. Over the years, my favorite treatment for influenza is always Oscillococcinum (a mouthful to say!), which is a homeopathic remedy. When taken at the first signs of flu, such as fever/chills, sore throat, or headache, Oscillococcinum often stops the progression of the symptoms, or at least decreases the severity of the symptoms. The key to success here is to take it within the first 24 hours of onset of flu. Once complications, such as bronchitis or ear infection, have developed, the remedy won’t be of much help.

As with all homeopathic remedies, Oscillococcinum is highly diluted and safe to take for children and adults. And just the same with all homeopathic remedies, you’ll need only a few pellets at a time, instead of swallowing the whole vial as the product instruction tells you. A few pellets are enough as a full dose and are just as effective. We keep it in stock in our office all year long. It is also widely available in healthfood stores, and drug stores such as CVS and Walgreens.