Reliable and Safe Flu Remedies by Dr. Mark Stengler

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Posted on 4th January 2010 by admin in Health Alerts

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(This portion of Dr. Stengler’s article is from Bottom Line Daily Health News)

When you first begin to notice you aren’t feeling well in a “flu-ish” way, take Anas Barbaria (also known as Oscillococcinum), which studies show may shorten flu duration. (Standard dosage is a whole vial of pellets taken every six hours, no more than three vials per day.)

Coldlike symptoms… exhaustion… anxiety… chills… diarrhea and vomiting… thirst for warm water. Remedy: Arsenicum album.

Severely aching joints… discomfort when moving… hard, dry cough… intense thirst for cold drinks. Remedy: Bryonia alba.

Fever… deep aching in the bones and muscles… thirst for cold drinks. Remedy: Eupatorium perfoliatum. Note: Call your doctor if you experience a high fever or one that lasts more than a few days.

Cold symptoms… fever, sweating, chills… muscle aches… fatigue… sleepiness… possibly a headache near the base of the skull. Remedy: Gelsemium (Gelsemium sempervirens).

Sensitivity to both hot and cold temperatures… thick coating on the tongue… bad breath… raw and sore throat… excessive saliva production… possibly profuse sweating. Remedies: Mercurius solubilis or Mercurius vivus.

Digestive distress… stomach cramps… nausea… chills… irritability. Remedy: Nux vomica.

Stiff muscles and joints that can be soothed by heat… restlessness… discomfort in any position. Remedy: Rhus toxicodendron.


Mark A. Stengler, NMD, a naturopathic medical doctor and leading authority on the practice of alternative and integrated medicine. He is editor of Bottom Line’s Natural Healing newsletter, author of The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies (Bottom Line Books), director of the La Jolla Whole Health Clinic in La Jolla, California and adjunct clinical professor at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about his work, visit and