Preventing Flu: Try Influenzinum
Homeopathic Journal :: Volume: 2, Issue: 9, Jul, 2009 (General Theme) - from Homeorizon.com
|Article Updated: Aug 10, 2009|
The subject of nosodes provides an interesting reading to the homoeopath and yet the nosodes have received much less attention that they deserve. Some of the less informed physicians have used the nosodes as matter of routine and improperly thus harming the patients. In that case especially the Influenzinum is a poorly known nosode. It generally has no mention in our routine MMs. The profession is not fully conversant with this most powerful and useful nosode. In my humble effort I have tried to collect pieces of knowledge from various works of our stalwarts and put forth for the knowledge of the profession so that it may be given its due place in the practice of homoeopathy for the benefit of the suffering masses.
I have used the nosodes in my practice giving their due place with a lot of benefit to the patients. I have frequently seen in my practice people coming with intense weakness coming after the treatment of acute diseases like ‘colds', typhoid etc not responding to the tonics and vitamins rally after a few doses of the appropriate nosode. Besides Influenzinum I have used Typhoidinum in the cases suffering from the aftermath of typhoid treated by the prominent school of therapeutics.
Dr. P Sankaran : Influenzinum is indicated for poor reaction, when the patient's recovery is poor after influenza. It also acts as a preventive if given in the autumn of the year. Influenza is the cowbird of the disease family depositing its germs in the nest with every other infection. Thus majority of all chronic cases have chronic influenza as one of its complications and often it is the sole cause of their chronic state. Obsessions, delusions and other anxious states may show their appearances so long after the acute attack of influenza as not to be readily associated with it. (I clearly remember a case of obstinate ‘Neurasthenia' not responding to the indicated remedy showed marked improvement after few doses of Influenzinum).
While Influenzinum is of no benefit in acute case if influenza, its use in the chronic case is frequently astonishing. Patients who have been ailing or complaining since an attack of this disease, recent or remote, will also show a marked relief from their symptoms. It may also be given prophylaxis with some surprising results.
Dr. Guy Beckley Stearns, M.D ., writes the following:
"Influenzinum is an important nosode. It is often required in patients who give no history of ever having influenza. This leads us to believe that influenza is most common of all chronic diseases. It blends with all other chronic troubles so that it is difficult to determine from the symptoms when this miasm is the major one. It is the experience, all patients, when first treated, have more than one chronic miasm and it is essential, when making the first prescription, that the dominant miasm had its specific nosode. Frequently Influenzinum, is required when there is no history of the patient having had the disease. However, there may be a history of severe attack far back in the past or a series of attacks over a period of years. WHERE A PATIENT HAS NEVER BEEN WELL SINCE AN ATTACK OF INFLUENZA, the nosode will almost certainly be indicated. Patients requiring this nosode may have trouble in any part of the body, ALTHOUGH IT HAS A PARTICULARLY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP TO DISEASES OF THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. USALLY A PATIENT WITH ANY TYPE OF NERVOUS DISEASE WILL BE BENEFITTED AT THE START BY INFLUENZINUM. Chronic heart conditions particularly with low blood pressure or with a rapid arrhythmic pulse, often call for this remedy.
IT IS COMMON EXPERIENCE TO HAVE STUBBORN CASES WHICH FAIL TO RESPOND, INSPITE OF CAREFUL PRESCRIBING, UNTILL FINALLY THEY ARE PUT ON THE RIGHT COURSE BY ONE OF THE OLD NOSODES. MORE FREQUENTLY THAN NOT, WE FIND THAT IF, AT THE START, WE FIND A NOSODE WHICH COVERS THE CASE, THE CURE IS MUCH SHORTENED.
Influenza is almost always associated with tuberculosis, and acute influenza often stirs up latent tubercular infection, because of the, Influenzinum is usually indicated when we begin treatment of tuberculosis and on the other hand Tuberculinum saves the most desperate cases of Influenza.
Dr. O A Julian gives the following symptoms:
General ill feeling with chill, headache, diffused pains.
Asthenia and anorexia
Neuorotic, depressive person.
Predisposition to hydrolipopexia by disthyroidia with tendency to hypotension.
Influenzinum stimulates in the case of weakness and fatigue. Dr. Reckeweg.
Dr. Julian again mentions its utility in Weak /feeble /debilitating/ powerless/ Weakness.
Dr. William Boericke M M (augmented 9 th edition) mentions on page 1155
Clinically it has been found useful in Influenza; measles; encephalitis; meningitis; entrocolitis; varicose ulcers; rhinopharyngitis; bronchial asthma; nasal polyp; sinusitis; otitis; rheumatism etc.
Tendency to hypotension. Weakness of mycardia. Leucopenia & mononucleosis.
Otitis media with influenza.
Dr. Tyler reports a case of "POST INFLUENZAL EPILEPSY": ‘Fits ever since influenza several times a week, with enuresis. Also fits of violent temper. Had been treated unsuccessfully for six months at a children's hospital. She was given 3 doses of Influenzinum at six hours apart. She needed no other medicine. She was cured.
Dr. William Gutman also praises Cadmium Metallicum alongside Influenzinum. He says that Cadmium Metallicum is also very potent medicine in order to remove the after effects of influenza whether recent or remote. It is my personal experience that Cadmium Met does affect beneficially if the patient is very chilly. Dr. Farook J. Master, M.D ., describes Cadmiums well in his book on ‘Tumors'. He says that Cadmium is the Chilliest medicine in our MM. I have verified this truth on myself when after an acute attack of influenza I felt very weak and chilly. I rallied after few doses of Cadmium M. as Influenzinum was not in my stock.
Dr. J H Clarke writes that Influenzinum has taken the position of Baptisia as the routine remedy in epidemics. It may be used in 12C or 30C. It may be repeated every two hours. This will be found sufficient. Influenza has the power of developing old troubles. Thus it takes an infinite variety of forms in different persons, so that Influenzinum need not be expected to cure all cases unaided, or, indeed be appropriate to every case.
Dr. H. C. Allen writes in ‘MM of Nosodes' It prevents the spread of the trouble and clears up the "colds" whether they are of the influenza type or not. It is compatible with Actea R, Ars, Bell, Hep and Merc.
SYNTHESIS 9.2.1 REP (RADAR 10.21) gives total of 84 symptoms
COMPLETE REP (ISIS) gives 5 symptoms
COMPLETE REP (RADAR 10.21) 8 symptoms
COMBINED REP (ISIS) gives only 1 symptom, i.e., it is an anti-sycotic remedy.
MY REP (ISIS) gives 3 symptoms.
I mention some of the most important symptoms taken from all the above repertories below:
Prostration of mind grief from
Inflammation of brain and vomiting
Intense debility (both physical and nervous)
Convalescence, ailments of, postinfluenza.
Intense weakness, post-influenza
Sadness, despondency, depression, melancholy
Mirrilli's themes; Sadness.
Abdominal colic during diarrhoea
Dr. Luc De Schepper: Long before Koch and Pasteur developed the science of bacteriology, it occurred to some homoeopaths that visible disease manifestation such as skin eruptions and discharges contains toxins, which could be potentized and proven as remedies. Master Hahnemann was the first, doing a short proving of Psorinum.
It was Dr. C Hering who really promoted the use of nosodes.
THE USE OF NOSODES IN ACUTE CASES: Based on the experience of hundreds of homoeopaths, we know that the nosodes are relatively ineffective in acute conditions they were derived from. Each nosode has a far wider range of application than its own acute disease (e.g., Influenzinum for flu, Tuberculinum and Bacillinum for T.B.).
Nosodes are special category of remedies with special uses in chronic illness that go beyond our normal understanding of the totality of symptoms.
As a chronic remedy Drs. J.T. KENT, H.C. ALLEN and other eminent homoeopaths have stressed the fact that the nosodes should be prescribed on the symptoms and not for the disease of which a particular nosode is a product of. Nosodes are no exception to the rule that remedies are prescribed on the match with the patients' symptom totality. This concept will lead the practitioners to some brilliant cures.