- by Kristen Santangelo, Certified Classical Homeopath
Homeopathics have been used successfully to help those suffering during epidemics for over 200 years. With the current outbreak, homeopaths around the world have been gathering and sharing information about what is helping. Homeopathy has a lot to offer for this current epidemic as it can be used prophylactically, when illness is first coming on, and can be adapted and changed if needed as symptoms develop. Having a homeopathy kit on hand will provide you with many of the remedies that are proving helpful during this illness.
A single remedy for the this virus has not been determined since it seems to have different presentations in different parts of the world and thus different homeopaths are suggesting varying remedies for prophylaxis or prevention. As time passes we will know better what the best choice will be. Some remedies mentioned for prevention:
1st choice for someone with symptoms of the virus, in the early stages: Aconite. This is the remedy to try in the first 24 hours (unless the symptoms clearly point to another remedy). Past the 24 hour mark another remedy should be selected. Symptoms for use of this remedy include sudden onset of inflammatory symptoms like fever, anxiety, restlessness, possibly one red cheek/one pale cheek, and strong thirst for cold drinks. This is also a main remedy for early onset pneumonia with difficult breathing, oppression of chest, stitches in side of chest especially from breathing and coughing, and dry cough.
Other remedies that are proving helpful as symptoms progress are Phosphorous, Gelsemium, Stannum, Stitca. As always, consult your local homeopath to determine the right remedies and dosages that are right for you.