As I mentioned in my analysis about H1N1 influenza and homeopathy, there was some SMS about influenzinum for swine flu or Influenza A H1N1 flu widely circulated in India last week. It created a sort of panic in public, and everyone started procuring it from homeopathic pharmacies even in USA. patients and friends started calling me to have more information on it.
After my analysis, I had some reservations to recommend this in present scenario of H1N1.
1. Drug proving of influenzinum:
Influenzinum is not proved, and we have only results of its usage in clinical cases with seasonal flu or flu-like symptoms. And every time a case reported usually treated with different preparation of influenzinum. So, which influenzinum we get in India, I am not sure.
2. Source of influenzinum preparation:
In last couple of days, I tried to get the information about it from homeopathic pharmacies, but I could not get any reply on it. This week, I shall try to contact homeopathic manufacturers, if they reveal some information on it.
In literature, we find various sources of influenzinum.
Dr. Clarke mentioned that this is a nosode of Influenza, but he has not given its method of preparation.
OA Julian wrote:
At present the biotherapic influenzinum is a specific preparation. the stock is prepared by Pasteur Institute. It is anti-grippe vaccine prepared from 2 varieties of viruses, the one being that of ordinary influenza A.P. R.- 8 and the other A – Singapore – 1, 1957, which is called Asiatic influenza. The preparation of this mixture is, 3 parts of Asiatic virus and one part of European virus. The stock contains influenza titrated 500 units of hemagglutinant per millilitre.
Guy Berckley Stearns, M.D. mentioned in one article:
We have four types of Influenzin
- the Spanish Influenzin (the source of which I have not been able to learn),
- the Influenzin serum,
- Influenzin, antitoxin, Grippe pneumonia (which is rarely useful) and
- Influenza meningeal, furnished by Dr. Griggs of Philadelphia, who obtained this nosode from a child’s cerebrospinal fluid.
Even, we find cases where patients were treated with Influenzinum made from the sputum of an influenza patient.
OA Julian also mentioned that a homeopathic pharmacy Nelson prepares a great variety of stocks., and the stock furnished every year according to the epidemology and its data.
Do we have latest preparation of influenzinum for this H1N1 virus?
And Reckewig also prepares influenzinum nosode from inactivated sputum of influenza patients, containing the virus.
3. Indications of influenzinum use
Dr. Clarke clearly mentioned that he used this drug in patients suffering from symptoms like influenza.
Dr. Clarke wrote “The general directions I give to my patients are these: When “colds’ appear in a family let all those who are unaffected take Ars. 3 thrice daily, and let the patients take Influ. 30 every hour or two.”
In older homeopathic journals (Homoeopathic World, Homoeopathy, Proceedings of IHA, etc.) we find reported cases treated with influenzinum, but they all had some flu-like symptoms.
Because of chronic nature of influenza, and with its extensive ramifications, and hydraheaded and ubiquitous nature, homeopathic physicians suggested for a new chronic miasm named influenza to be added into the vocabulary of chronic diseases as mentioned by Hahnemann.
4. Influenzinum and homeopathic repertories
In my search to influenzinum symptomatology, I could not find symptoms/rubric related to influenzinum in frequently used repertories. In my communication to Roger van Zandvoort, who updated his Complete Repertory in 2009, very few symptoms are added, mainly:
Abdomen; pain; stool; during; diarrhea
Heart; Neurosis; heart
Extremities; ulcers; varicose
Generalities; Gonorrhea; sycosis
Knowing all these facts, in my opinion, Influenzinum should not be taken without consulting your homeopathic doctor.