Influenza Like Illness Winter 2017-2018 Epidemic Updates
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Posted by: Audra Bates
Part 2. January 4, 2018
Herscu has now published detailed information on what he is seeing with the
current upper respiratory tract infection across the country.
that way. I am describing the 2017-2018 viral season situation as it seems to
be unfolding now. Early on, we saw many patients presenting needing Gelsemium,
and then later in the season people presented with Lycopodium symptoms.
And really, when looking at the end of 2017, it will be marked by a record
number of patients presenting with Lycopodium symptoms and doing
well with the remedy. In 36 years, I had never seen those sorts of numbers.
describe, briefly, where we are now. While many people are still presenting
needing Lycopodium, there are a number of presentations now in
different people, happening at the same time, which is where this title comes
from. In North America, as well as Europe, there are several viruses happily
infecting us, but also the weather is different than it was previously, and
this combination has led to different presentations. And while we still follow
all the rules described elsewhere on prescribing properly, including when to
give the constitutional remedy as opposed to any of these listed, if the rules
apply, here are remedies to think about.
First, Lycopodium still.
If you utilize homeopathy in your practice or with your family, it is likely
you will be prescribing this in the next days. Add here also, the Gelsemiumstate
is still present. Adding to those we haveSulphur(hot,
thirsty for cold, long lasting paroxysms of cough),Pulsatilla(sinusitis
and body aches, warm, though unusually, though thirstless, drinking
coughs), and Causticum (intense dry, teasing cough, body
aches, stress incontinence), Bryonia (congestive
headache, body aches but also some sharp stitching pains anywhere in the body).
These are all common remedies of course, but they can do the trick if the right
one goes to the right person! I mention these here as ones most commonly found
these last few weeks. Hope that helps.
Herscu ND, MPH