Homeopathic medicines for flu

I believe homoeopathic treatment does not depend on one drug or any particular set of drugs for curing any type of flu. As per principles of homeopathic treatment this is one fact we need to understand.

As homoeopathic medicines are prescribed symptomatically, homoeopaths can successfully adapt their treatment of influenza like illnesses despite the viral mutations.

Homoeopathy is among the most popular forms of traditional medicine / complementary and alternative medicine globally: in high, medium and low income countries.

Homeopathy has a long record of success in the treatment of epidemic conditions.

The homeopathic treatment is holistic and individualized and selection of homoeopathic medicines depends upon the individual response to infection, severity of disease and clinical presentation of the case.

Suggestive indications of few possible homeopathic medicines for flu are given below:

Aconitum napellus

Indicated in first stage of fever. Acute, sudden and violent onset of fever. Cold stage is marked with icy cold face and cold sweat. Skin dry and hot; face red, or pale and red alternately. Fever with burning thirst for large quantity of cold water frequently. Intense nervous restlessness, tossing about in agony. Drenching sweat on parts lain on. A state of fear, anxiety; anguish of mind and body. Physical and mental restlessness. Does not want to be touched. Sudden and great sinking of strength.

Arsenicum album

During fever cannot bear the smell or sight of food. Marked periodicity of fever. High temperature. Headache, better by cold. Burning in eyes, with acrid lachrymation. Great thirst for cold water, drinks often but little at a time. Sweat at the end of fever, which ameliorates pain. Discharges are thin and offensive. Fever worse at midday and midnight, from cold drinks and cold foods. Debility, exhaustion, and restlessness, with nightly aggravation. Great exhaustion after the slightest exertion. Great anguish and restlessness.

Bryonia alba

Dry cough associated with fever Pulse full, hard, tense and quick. Stitching, tearing pains, worse by least motion, better by absolute rest and pressure. Fever with great thirst for large quantities of water at long intervals. Fever associated with constipation; no inclination to stool; stools: large, hard and dry, as if burnt. Aching in every muscle. Patient is irritable; has vertigo from raising the head, pressive headache Dry, parched lips, mouth; excessive thirst, bitter taste, sensitive epigastrium, and feeling of a stone in the stomach Dropsical effusions into synovial and serous membranes.

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Chill preceded by thirst with great soreness and aching of bones. Bitter vomiting at the close of chill. Insatiable thirst for cold drinks, before and during chills and fever; drinking aggravates chill. Sweat ameliorates all symptoms except headache.

Ferrum phosphoricum

In the early stages of febrile conditions Prostration marked; face more active than Gels. The superficial redness never assumes the dusky hue of Gels. Pulse soft and flowing; no anxious restlessness of Acon. Hemorrhages, bright from any orifice. Headache better cold applications Face flushed; cheeks sore and hot.


Fever starts with chill: wants to be held because of excessive shivering. Fever with dull headache and coryza. Paroxysms of fever generally recur between 3-5 p.m. Great heaviness of the eyelids (droopy); cannot keep them open. Sneezing with stuffed up nose. Headache preceded by blindness, better by profuse urination. Pulse slow, full and soft. Fever with trembling, yellow coating of the tongue; thirstlessness; stupor; dryness of whole body. General prostration. Dizziness, drowsiness, dullness, and trembling. Slow pulse, tired feeling, and mental apathy.

Nux vomica

Very irritable; sensitive to all impressions; cannot bear noises, odors, light, etc. Does not want to be touched Photophobia; much worse in morning. Constipation, with frequent ineffectual urging, incomplete and unsatisfactory Cold stage predominates, excessive rigor, with blueness of finger-nails. Aching in limbs and back, and gastric symptoms. Chilly; must be covered in every stage of fever. Perspiration sour; only one side of body. Dry heat of the body.


Intense bronchial and laryngeal affection, affecting the voice and rendering speech almost impossible; dry, tickling cough, with tightness across the chest; worse evening and before midnight; coryza alternately fluent or dry, with frequent sneezing; goneness and faintness in region of stomach; painless diarrhea.


Fever with chilliness even in warm room, yet aversion to heat and better in cool, fresh air Chilly with pains, in spots, worse evening. As the pain increases, so the chilliness Weeps easily Timid, irresolute Wandering stitches about head; pains extend to face and teeth Dry mouth, without thirst; wants it washed frequently Intolerable burning heat at night, with distended veins; heat in parts of body, coldness in other. One-sided sweat; pains during sweat. External heat is intolerable, veins are distended. During apyrexia, headache, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, nausea.

Rhus toxicodendron

Fever with dry cough or urticaria Headache better from warmth and motion Chill as if dashed with cold water or cold water in veins, worse least uncovering Extreme restlessness, with continued change of position Lameness, stiffness and pain on first moving after rest, or on getting up in the morning, better by walking or continued motion. Corners of mouth ulcerated, fever blisters around mouth and on chin.


CCRH India recommends Arsenicum album 30 as homeopathic preventive medicine for swine flu in India in 2015. It is not Influenzinum 200. Don’t take influenzinum for swine flu.

Dosage of Arsenic album 30 – 4 pills twice daily for 5 days.

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Dr. Anil Singhal MD (Homeo)