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Homeopathic Remedies for the Flu


Homeopathy, which has been practiced for more than 200 years, saved more lives than any other drug during the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. The “Spanish Lady” killed over 50 million people – some estimates as high as 100 million, but only 1.05% of homeopathic patients died.

Homeopathic vs Allopathic Treatment of the Flu

Research in 1921 by the American Institute of Homeopathy comparing allopathic to homeopathic treatment during the Spanish Flu found the following:

  • 24,000 patients with H5N1/Spanish flu that were treated with conventional allopathic medicine had a mortality rate of 28.2 percent.
  • Treatment by Homeopathic physicians of  26,000 patients in the study had an astonishing 1.05 percent fatality rate.

Aspirin and the Cytokine Storm

The abnormal and extremely high fatality rate in young, healthy patients is now attributed to the cytokine storm. Over-reacting at the site of infection in the lungs, inflammatory cells destroyed the delicate alveolar lung membrane, leading to death.

Aspirin had just been discovered and allopathic medical doctors routinely over-dosed their patients with it. Many children and young adults, consuming huge amounts of aspirin throughout the illness died from Reye’s Syndrome. Medical historians believe that Reye’s Syndrome was responsible for killing millions of people.

What Caused the 1918 Outbreak?

Many believe that the influenza epidemic in 1918-1919 was actually a vaccine reaction. When Army vaccinations became compulsory in 1911, the death rate from typhoid vaccination rose to the highest point in the history of the US Army.

US Secretary of War Henry L Stimson reported that seven men dropped dead after being vaccinated. He also reported 63 deaths and 28,585 cases of hepatitis as a direct result of yellow fever vaccination during only six months of WW1.

According to a report in the Irish Examiner, “The report of the Surgeon-General of the US Army shows that during 1917 there were admitted into the army hospitals 19,608 men suffering from anti-typhoid inoculation and vaccinia. When army doctors tried to suppress the symptoms of typhoid with a stronger vaccine, it caused a worse form of typhoid paratyphoid. But when they concocted an even stronger vaccine to suppress that one, they created an even worse disease – Spanish flu.”

The Return of the Spanish Flu

The 1918 Flu was first reported in an American military, Camp Funston, Fort Riley, in troops preparing for WW1 and receiving 25 vaccinations. According to the CDC, the same flu strain appeared only one other time: in 1976. This was again at a US army base, Fort Dix, and again, was seen in recently vaccinated troops, and only in them. The virus has not appeared anywhere else.

The Homeopathic Flu Solution

As demonstrated during the Spanish Flu Pandemic, with close to 100% success, homeopathy is superior to conventional medicine for treating the flu. During this outbreak, Gelsemium and Bryonia were used almost exclusively due to patients experiencing common symptoms. I am particularly fond of Bryonia because it was my first homeopathic remedy, taken 35 years ago for the flu. Not everyone responds so quickly, but to my surprise, I was well in just 10 minutes!

Following are the most common homeopathic remedies for the flu. To determine which you need, match YOUR symptoms to those of the remedy.

ACONITEFeverish, restless, scratchy sore throat

  • Most effective during the first 24-48 hours
  • Illness may begin suddenly after exposure to cold, dry weather
  • Can also have no symptoms; just a feeling of coming down with something


BELLADONNAHeat, redness and inflammation

  • Hot red face, high fever, pupils dilated
  • Throbbing, pounding headache
  • Painful, burning sore throat
  • Skin is dry and hot to touch


BRYONIAWorse the slightest movement

  • Extremely irritable or angry when disturbed – wants to be left alone
  • Symptoms are worse from any motion; slight movement, coughing, deep breathing, nausea, etc.
  • Bursting, splitting headache
  • Thirsty



  • Hoarseness with cough, soreness of the chest.
  • Aching pain in head, back and muscles, arms and wrist. Soreness of eyeballs. Horrible headache.
  • Painful, feverish stage
  • Bones feel as if they would break


FERRUM PHOSNon-specific remedy for the first stage of a cold or flu. Good to take if you feel rundown.


GELSEMIUM:  Dizzy, Drowsy, and Droopy.

  • Apathy, weakness and trembling; may be delirious
  • Hot, heavy, besotted look
  • Thirstless
  • Slow onset


NUX VOMICA: #1 cold and flu (and hangover) remedy!

  • Irritable or angry; sensitive to odor, noise, light
  • Chills alternating with fever
  • Worse morning, waking. Better sleep
  • Low back pain


RHUS TOXStiffness: “rusty hinge” remedy.

  • Tremendous aching, stiffness and restlessness; better after moving around.
  • Better from warmth, changing position, massage, stretching
  • Worse from wet, damp weather

For more information on the remedies and how to administer them, read The Top Homeopathic Remedies for Self-care.

To learn which supplements work for the flu, read Nutritional Flu Solutions.

This information is for educational purposes only and not a replacement for medical diagnosis or care.

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