Now that an emerging flu pandemic is confirmed, we all have choices concerning our approach to prevention and treatment. This page contains some introductory information and a downloadable information leaflet. These materials will be further updated as clinical information on the current pandemic becomes available.

Pointers for Influenza Treatment

Dr Russell Malcolm

Claremont Clinic

Do not control the fever with paracetamol-containing drugs, these make you feel better in the short term, but delay the body's primary response to the virus and can prolong the illness overall. If you have been in contact with flu, but have not developed symptoms take Anas Hepar et Cordis Barbarae or 'Oscillococcinum'

If the onset is gradual, but debilitating, with paleness, shiveriness, and weakness, but without much fever - take Homoeopathic Gelsemium 30c (or higher every hour). If deep 'bony' aching is predominant, consider Eupatorium perf.

If there is a sudden high fever with redness, take homoeopathic Belladonna 30c (or higher every hour). Note: most adult influenza does not present in this way.

If associated with a mild catarrh and a less precipitous fever, take Ferrum phos 30c (or higher) every hour.


During the early onset of the illness  REMEMBER to rest, avoid paracetamol (Tylonol), also avoid aspirin, and avoid steroid nasal sprays during an acute influenza or you increase your risk of contracting a serious and persisting fatigue state.

If symptoms are changeable and paradoxical then stop any symptomatic medication you are using including creams ointments and anti-perspirants and take a few doses of Camphora.

As the illness progresses, if there are shivers alternating with heat and muscle aching, take China officinalis every hour. Clammy night sweats with salivation and respiratory mucus can be treated with Merc sol. If the illness progresses to produce tender swelling of the neck glands, with fever and sore throat, take Phytolacca 30c or above 2 hourly for a day. If the face is dusky red; the head congested and muzzy and especially if drugs like Aspirin, Paracetamol (Tylinol) and Ibuprofen have been used inappropriately - consider Baptisia tinctora.

If the muscles get crampy, take Cuprum met. 30c as required. There may be diarrhoea in these Influenzinum and hostates with some abdominal cramps. Really crampy, hypersensitive states with chills and irritability may respond well to Nux vomica.

If infection sets into the sinuses, take Aconitum if it is sudden and Dulcamara if it is slower in onset.

Consider Pulsatilla for one-sided congestion and pain in sinuses or ears, perhaps accompanied with some pink-redness thirstlessness and when there are aggravations of sinus pain in the evening when lying down.

If infection sets into the chest, consder Bryonia especially if there is congestion, dryness and chest pain. Consider Sanguinaria if there is difficult catarrh and fever, with perspiration. Consider Squilla maritima if there is infection with wheeze. Consider Antimonium tartaricum if there is  not much fever but a lot of sticky catarrh which is difficult to shift. Consider Ipecac if there is a persistent remittent cough which culminates in vomiting, perhaps of glairy foamy frothy catarrh.

If there are swinging fevers and green catarrh, or a flare up of a background bronchitic tendency, consider Chininum sulph 30c or higher every hour.

When you are at your most infectious, there may be shifting symptoms, changes of thirst, catarrh, coughs and sneezes, as well as fatigue, restlessness and muscle achiness aggravated by cold damp surroundings: think of Rhus tox in this phase.

Persistent  symptoms can occur, especially when antibiotics have been used. These can often be treated with homoeopathic  Sycotic co, in single doses (at least 10 days apart if they are both used). Click here to download this file#FluDL More individualised treatment advice is available by calling the clinic on 0141 331 0393.

This page last updated on April 30, 2009