VOL.1,NO1,14 OCTOBER 2009


Swine Flu is caused by a flu virus called H1N1, a mutatent of the swine flu virus. Pigs are known to carry this virus. Swine flu is only spreaded via air . Closed areas are places were swine flu can spread rapidly. Areas such as subways, buses, planes, office buildings are places where the H1N1 virus can spread since they are indoor environment. H1N1 virus exhibits an ability to infect cells deep in the lungs, where it can cause pneumonia and, in severe cases, death. Seasonal viruses typically infect only cells in the upper respiratory system. Scientists call this a "quadruple reassortant" virus.

symptoms of H1N1 virus infected people are almost identically to the flu influenza. such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Allopathic solutions for the swine flu outbreak include Tamiflu ( oseltamivir ) or Relenza ( zanamivir ). These drugs can potentially shorten the duration of the swine flu by a day. The side effects of these drugs include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bronchitis, stomach pain, dizziness and headache. Several homeopathic drugs were experienced in controlling viral flue .Oscillococcinum (This is made from the heart and liver of wild duck, a very common source of flu virus) is a very popular homeopathic drug that is used to shorten the duration of the regular flu virus. This drug has been proven in several trials to reduce the duration of the influenza virus by about 6 hours without any side effects. However, this drug has never been tested on H1N1 virus. Oscillococcinum also claimed to prevent the flu. "Gelsemium 30, Aconite 200, Influenzium 30, 200, Eupatorium perp 30, Bryonia 200 were the other homeopathic remedies that proved to be effective against viral flu used in past. These could be of great use even today, Lesser potencies can be taken as frequently as hourly, depending on the acuteness of the symptoms.

Dr.A.K.Srivastava-Homeopathic Scientist & Director-Research MHCDR- a private Research Centre Of Homoeopathy based at Lucknow, said cases of viral flu (based on symptoms) are relieved within three days however complete withdrawal of symptoms takes one or two weeks and there is no need to be panic. He also said Influenzinum is the best homeopathic remedy, it works with your body's immune system and does not have any side effects. Influenzinum is made from the flu vaccine that is prepared for each years unique flu season. Influenzinum should be taken throughout the flu season, as a flu prevention method take 3 tablets of Influenzinum 30 and dissolve them under your tongue. DR. Srivastava also added persons need to take three tablets fortnightly to successfully prevent the flu. Aconite 200 is next excellent for anyone starting a severe illness and fearing death. Eupatorium classically helps when the patient complains that their bones feel broken, and their eyeballs are very sore, along with all the other 'cold-like' symptoms. There is alarming need to find correlation with pathological /scientific parameters with these homeopathic drugs.Since no toxicity is reported from homoeopathic medicenes these must be given to laboratory confirmed swine flue patients along with morden medicine.

According to Dr.S.C.Srivastava Homeopathic physician and Dr. Anupam Gupta Senior Research Fellow at Mhcdr, "In homeopathy, there is a concept called Genus epidemicus. This means if there is an epidemic and you take the symptoms of say 15 ailing people of an area, you will notice a common trend. Based on that you give medication - for the symptoms. This same medication then, if given to people of that area, can act as a preventive medicine, Bryonia and Gelsemium. was used effectively in the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918. The homeopathy mortality rate was 1%. This was much lower than the rate of death used with conventionally medicine.

Dr.A.K.Srivastava said contrary to popular belief, there is no vaccine for the H1N1. There is really no way to prevent people from catching the swine flu other than avoiding contact with people that have caught the disease. You can boost up your immune system by taking vitamin C, beta carotein, vitamin D and antioxidants. and take homeopathic drugs as preventive or curative. This help you better fight off the H1N1 virus. If you are in any doubt about your symptoms, or you are not recovering at an acceptable rate, you should always consult a doctor or MHCDR.