Homeopathy has a lot to offer in terms of supporting our resistance to viruses like colds and flu, helping to resolve symptoms and promoting recovery. The more we strengthen our resilience, the greater our resistance to illness.

Due to the recent epidemic of Coronavirus, it seems like an opportune moment to discuss ways in which we can support our resistance to disease using natural methods. The media coverage of Coronavirus may leave us feeling vulnerable and exposed. However, it is comforting to know that we can only succumb to illness if we are susceptible, for example, when we are nutritionally depleted, sleep-deprived and stressed.

Knowing how to support our own health, helps us to feel empowered rather than feeling vulnerable. This in itself is powerful, as we invite the energy of health into our lives.

Homeopathy in Epidemics

Homeopathy has a long history of efficacy in epidemics. The 1918-1920 influenza pandemic was the most devastating worldwide epidemic that has ever been recorded, killing between 50 and 100 million people. It claimed more lives than World War I, and more people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the black-death bubonic plague that swept through Europe from 1347 to 1351.

The mortality rate of the 1918 influenza pandemic was about 30% with most people dying from pneumonia after contracting influenza.

However, the death rate in people treated with homeopathy was considerably lower. For example, the American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH) reported that 88 physicians treated 26,795 patients with a loss of 273 cases, mortality of 1.02%.

Many more documented reports can be found in André Saine’s referenced debate paper about the quality of homeopathic medicine, dated March 28, 2013. http://homeopathy.ca/debates_2013-03-22Q1-2ns.shtml 

Prevention of Viruses like Colds and Flu

Influenzinum and Anas Barbaraie

When it comes to prescribing for a person with viral-like symptoms, we select the remedy which most closely resembles the totality of presenting symptoms.

In terms of prevention, there are many different approaches amongst homeopaths. My preferred remedies for potentially helping to protect against influenza are homeopathic Influenzinum and Anas Barbaraie, also known as Oscillococcinum which is widely available in pharmacies throughout Portugal.


The dosing can be varied depending on your situation. For example, if you live in a town or city you can take Influenzinum and Anas Barbaraie once a week during an outbreak of viral illness. If you think you might have been exposed to someone with the flu or a flu-like virus, take Influenzinum and Anas Barbaraie twice daily for 3 days.

Homeopathic Medicines for Colds and Flu

Homeopathic medicines work best if you can take them as soon as possible following the onset of symptoms. A great way to have immediate access to homeopathic remedies is to purchase a homeopathic kit. 

Aconite (Aconitum)

Aconite is an outstanding remedy for helping to prevent the progression of colds and flu if taken during the very early stages when the following symptoms are present.


  • Sudden onset of symptoms, especially after exposure to cold.
  • High temperature with a flushed face.
  • Frequent sneezing and runny nose
  • Dry, red sore throat and intense thirst.
  • Worse at night and maybe restless and anxious.
  • Hoarse, dry, barking, croupy cough


Gelsemium was the main remedy prescribed by Homeopaths during the 1918 influenza pandemic. It is a remedy that I use very frequently in my practice as it is often indicated in influenza-like viruses as well as in chronic conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome.


  • a feeling of heaviness with aching muscles 
  • dull headache, heavy eyes, flushed face
  • chills and shivering up and down the spine
  • limbs feel achy, tired, heavy and sore
  • weakness with trembling
  • frequent urination which may alleviate the headache
  • feeling light-headed and dizzy 
  • thirstless 

The key guiding symptoms for prescribing gelsemium are dizziness, drowsiness, dullness and trembling.



  • bursting, splitting headache which is worse on motion, even just moving the eyeballs
  • dry, hacking cough which is extremely painful and shakes the whole body 
  • need to support the sides, chest or head when coughing
  • hot, red face 
  • dry lips and mouth with excessive thirst
  • weariness and heaviness of the limbs

Aggravation from movement is a keynote of Bryonia. Remaining still may ease the symptoms but as soon as they need to move they feel worse. 

Eupatorium Perfoliatum (Eup-per)


  • influenza with soreness and violent aching pains in the muscles and bones
  • restlessness, chilliness, nausea, and intense thirst
  • violent shaking chills which arise from the lower back
  • hoarseness of the throat
  • soreness of the chest and a loose cough, which is curiously ameliorated by getting on the hands and knees. 

The key guiding symptom for Eup-per is the intense aching pain in the bones. This helps us to differentiate it from gelsemium which features aching of the muscles but not of the bones. 

About the Author

Tanya Artus is a professional Homeopath and Nutritional Therapist with over 15 years of clinic experience. She holds a BSc in Nutritional Medicine and a Diploma in Homeopathy.

Tanya offers consultations in Reliquias, Vale De Santiago and online via video call. She can be contacted on +351 966 583 689 or tanya@inspiringhealth.co.uk

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