There are plenty of reasons to suspect that the "inevitable" bird 'flu pandemic will go the way of the SARS scare. The virus may never make it out of the bird population into mammals and to say that it is about to is still a matter of increasingly wild speculation. Despite the fact that the human to human form of the disease doesn't even exist people are still talking about making vaccine for it. Meanwhile governments fill the coffers of pharma companies and we all get distracted from natural disasters, war and the price of oil.
Let's suppose for a moment that the threat is real and imminent. What homeopathic remedies can help you out? Well, it turns out that Helios in the UK are recommending Oscillococcinum as the remedy to prevent and treat such an outbreak.
Before discussing Oscillococcinum, here's an article describing common 'flu remedies
A quick search for Oscillococcinum reveals that it is made by a proprietary process and that the name is a trademark of Boiron laboratories. The impression you get is that you can only get it from them. Luckily Helios were able to clear this up for me this morning by giving me their name for the same remedy, which is Anas Barbariae, Hepatis et Cordis Extractum or Anas Barb for short. It is made from the liver and heart of a Barbary duck. Nelson's in Dublin have it in stock.
Helios have also repretorised the symptoms of the 'flu as reported in the press and have come up with Ant Tart, Ipecac and Sanguinaria.
You won't find Anas Barb in many Materia Medicas, but heres' the entry from Murphy's Materia Medica
FOLKLORE - In the year 1925 Joseph Roy is believed to have observed in some conditions of a culture the existence of a germ animated by an oscillating movement. He named the nosode Oscillococcinum because of this fact.
These researches helped him to describe a remedy of which the clinical experiments in the infections of influenza were carried out in particular by Paul Chavanon. Oscillococcinum was developed by Boiron Laboratory in France. Pierre Schmidt says Oscillococcinum is for "influenza at the beginning as a preventive, as well as during convalescence" Planets: Mercury.
MEDICAL - Influenza of all types, especially in the earlier stages. Bursting headaches and muscle aching. Tendency to get influenza. Anxiety, paleness, chill. Sensitiveness to barometric weather changes. Tuberculous patients sensitive to cold. Paleness, asthenia, hyperthermia. Eye and nasal catarrh. Bronchial congestion. Painful congestion of the ear drum. Gastro-intestinal troubles with the influenza. "Mastoiditis, at the beginning of a disease which does not develop." (Schmidt)
This is a faithful remedy at the beginning of influenza, of rhinitis and otitis. Given early it is very efficacious.
To obtain good results in a case which begins and to cut short the manifestations of influenza, it is necessary to use one dose of Oscillococcinum 200c every 2 to 3 hours or repeat only if necessary.
Modalities - Better by heat. Better by rest. Worse by milk. Worse by eggs.
MIND - Subjects with fixed ideas, obsessions. Agony, anxious without any motive. Obstinate. A busy body, maniac, cannot bear disorder. Fear of dirt. Fear of being polluted. Has the need to wash his hands very often and is afraid of giving his hand to others for the fear of pollution, contagion.
CLINICAL - Aches. Anxiety. Bronchitis. Conjunctivitis. Ear pain. Fears. Headaches. Influenza. Gastro-intestinal disorders. Mastoiditis. Rhinitis. Sinuisitis. Varicose ulcer.
Abdomen - Abdominal cramping pains followed by fetid diarrhea. Pains in the appendix region.
Ears - Pains sometimes as if from needles in one or both ears. Tympanum red and swollen. Diminution of hearing acuity. Mastoiditis.
Eyes - Conjunctivitis of influenza. Yellow conjunctiva. Eye catarrh.
Face - Pain in the frontal and maxillary region.
Food - Can digest neither milk nor eggs.
Head - Bursting headaches. Headache with considerable throbbing.
Kidneys - Turbid urine, less abundant, deep color. Sometimes painful urination.
Lungs - Muco-purulent expectoration with humid cough.
Mouth - Tongue white.
Nose - Nasal voice. Nasal catarrh. Stuffed nose, nasal obstruction, sneezing. Serous discharge from the nose, then muco-purulent.
Rectum - Constipation.
Skin - Varicose type of ulcers of the legs.
Stomach - Swelling of the stomach. Putrid regurgitations. Vomiting of water or food.
Temperature - Bruised sensation, chill, hyperthermia.
Throat - Aphonia, dry painful cough.
COMPARE - (1) Eup-per., Gels., Pyrog., Bapt., Ars. Influ. (2) Gaulphimia glauca - Hypersecretion of the nasal and ocular mucous, sneezing, hypersensitivity to change of weather. (3) Gelinsoga purviflora - Morning headache, makes mistakes when writing numbers and letters, stuffed nose, augmentation of diuresis, joint pains, lassitude, feels as if bruised. (4) Ginko biloba - Pale face, drawn traits, numbness and chill. Laryngeal irritation with cough, frontal and left supra - orbita pain. (4) Luffa operculata - Frontal-occipital headache, acute or chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nasal fossa, lassitude and bodily fatigue.
RELATIONS - Eup-per. is to be associated with it.