What is H1N1 flu ? H1N1 virus is a new type of Influenza virus affecting pigs, humans and maybe some other animals. Humans do not yet have herd immunity to it as they do to other types of flu viruses.

As we (people on this earth) have not developed the immunity against H1N1, it is spreading like wildfire and at a rate faster than any other virus epidemic.

At present, it is a very low mortality viral infection and the risk of death (in kids who have low immunity, and adults at old age especially when weakened by diabetes or other debilitating disorders) is pale in comparison to childhood diarrhea, typhoid, bronchopneumonia at extremes of age, and many other diseases that we are used to.

The main worry is that the next mutated form of this virus, expected within a year, may acquire higher levels of virulence to cause death and or severe complications. To preempt that state of risk, we have to build the overall level of immunity in the general population (herd immunity) either by infection or with the help of a vaccine.

What are symptoms of Influenza A H1N1 ?

Just like any another flu, predominantly upper respiratory symptoms like cough, cold accompanied by the usual fever, headache, body ache, loss of appetite, sore throat, weakness, and sometimes uneasy stomach has been reported in many cases. Mild respiratory illness (nasal congestion, rhinorrhea) without fever and occasional severe disease also has been reported.

Managing H1N1 influenza:

Whenever any of above symptoms start, go to nearest Government approved laboratories for checkup and testing for H1N1 infection.
Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Community

Stay informed.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

If you are sick, you may be ill for a week or longer. You should stay home and keep away from others as much as possible. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible. This is to keep from making others sick.

If you are sick and sharing a common space with other household members in your home, wear a facemask, if available and tolerable, to help prevent spreading the virus to others.

With seasonal flu, people may be contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to 7 days after they get sick. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

If you are in a high risk group for complications from influenza, you should attempt to avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with household members who are sick with influenza. If close contact with a sick individual is unavoidable, consider wearing a facemask or respirator, if available and tolerable.  Infants and pregnant women should not be cared for by sick family members.

Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.

What Homeopathy or homoeopathic medicines can do ?

Hahnemann has mentioned guidelines for physicians to tackle any epidemic in his Organon of Medicine under the aphorisms 100-102:

In investigating the symptomatology of any epidemic or sporadic disease, it is NOT required to know whether something similar disease has appeared in the world before under the same name or any other name. Physician MUST examine every prevailing disease as if it were something new and unknown.

He SHOULD investigate it thoroughly for practicing medicine in a real and radical manner. He should NEVER substitute conjecture (guess or baseless opinion) for actual observations. He should NOT consider this new prevailing disease as if already whole or partially. He SHOULD examine this prevailing disease in all its phases.

It may be possible that the physician may not be able to obtain complete picture of disease in the first case of an epidemic disease. He may become conversant with the totality of signs and symptoms if he closely observes several cases of such disease.

This way the physician will be enabled to verify the suitableness of the medicine chosen, or to discover more appropriate, most appropriate homeopathic remedy. The whole extent or the totality of the symptoms cannot be learned from one single patient. It will be obtained by a complete survey of the morbid picture, which is essential to choose the most suitable homeopathic remedy.

Now, considering the guidelines given by Dr. Hahnemann – Inventor of Homoeopathy, I took all the symptoms (as mentioned by CDC) for further analysis.

Analysis of symptoms of hospitalized novel H1N1 patients :

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of US had tabulated the symptomatology of H1N1 virus in human beings:

Fever (93%)
Cough (83%)
Shortness of breath (54%)
Fatigue/Weakness (40%)
Chills (37%)
Myalgias (36%)
Rhinorrhea (36%)
Sore Throat (31%)
Headache (31%)
Vomiting (29%)
Wheezing (24%)
Diarrhea (24%)

You can see in more than 50% of the cases Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath were marked. I would like to mention some Emergency Warning Signs here. If you become ill and experience any of the warning signs, seek emergency medical care at nearest government hospital.

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish or gray skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Severe or persistent vomiting
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
Sudden dizziness
Confusion
Severe or persistent vomiting
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Sele ction of Homeopathic Repertory

In Homeopathy, Repertory is a clinical applied tool, in short, it helps to analyse symptoms of a patient in a clinical setup. There are various homeopathic repertories available (like Boenninghausen’s Therapeutic Pocket Book, Boger’s Boenninghausen’s Characteristics and Repertory, Kent’s Repertory, and some newer repertories) based on certain logic, philosophies or guidelines. Each one is having specific scope and limitations.

Considering the general symptoms of the H1N1 Influenza as mentioned by CDC, I chose Kent’s Repertory to analyse all these symptoms. Kent’s Repertory is the most often used homeopathic repertory worldwide.
Rubrics of Kent’s Homeopathic Repertory pertaining to symptoms of hospitalized novel H1N1 patients: (in bracket total number of homeopathic medicines are mentioned – these number of homeopathic medicines have affinity to cure linked symptom)

Fever; HEAT in general (152)
Cough (238) – here I included homeopathic remedies of all time modalities
Respiration; DIFFICULT (Asthmatic) (259)
Generalities; WEAKNESS (309)
Chill; COLDNESS in general (177)
Extremity Pain; GENERAL (168)
Catarrh+Coryza (224) – for rhinorrhea, I included all the remedies belonging to catarrh and coryza in nose.
Throat; PAIN; Sorethroat (in general) (120)
Head Pain; GENERAL (258)
Stomach; VOMITING; General (177)
Respiration; WHEEZING (62)
Rectum; DIARRHOEA (214)

On analysing the computational result of this, following homeopathic remedies are coming at a higher ranking

analysis_h1n1

I observed that Ars. is ranking on top covering almost all the symptoms of H1N1 in highest grade.
About Influenzinum

Recently, I heard that some SMS about Influenzinum are circulated widely in India and USA.

Influenzinum - a homeopathic preparation called nosode is prepared by Pasteur Institute. It is anti – grippe vaccin 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 onepart of European virus. These viruses are cultured on chidken embryo, and titrated by the reaction of Hemagglutination of Hirst, after purification, and concentration by formol. The stock contains influenza titrated 500 units of hemagglutinant per millilitre. It is interesting to note that Pasteur Institute prepare specially this vaccine mixture for Homoeopathic uses.

Following the famous “Spanish Influenza” of 1918, some nosodes of Influnza appeared. Thus Pierre Schmidt of Geneva prepared the Nosode Influenzinum – Spanish, but he neither spoecified the composition of the stock nor the origin.

In the year 1938 appeared an article of Dr. Beeby in Homoeopathic Recorder concerning this Nosode and made a comparative study with Influenzinum of Dr. Nebel. Nebel of Lausanne prepared towards 1938 a series of Nosodes but they are not found at present.

According to Demageat there exists influenzinum 1918, prepared by Bach and dichington but the stock is not known. There even exists in Influenzinum 1918, prepared by Neison Laboratory in 30 CH nd an Influenzinum with China used in Influenza sequalae of Spain. All these nosodes exist no more in pharmacy.

At Nelson are found at present the different types of Influenza and Influenzinum.

There exist also several stocks of “Grippen Nosoden” in dynamizations D6 to D 400, prepared by the Laboratory Mueller, Goepingen in Germany and utilised by Voll according to Electro – acupuncture – orgenometry and tested therapeutically with his apparatus.

Reckeweg has prepared the “Grippe – Nosode – Injeel – forte D6, D10), D30, D200, which are to be used as injections.

Our present day influenzinum, as has been remarked by Demagent, does not correspond to the old stock.

There exists no pathogenetic experiment according to the method of Hahnemann. It is also cleared that different pharmacies preparing this medicine differently, and which influenzinum we are getting in India — I am not sure about that.

Regarding using influenzinum, the general directions Clarke gave to his patients are these: When “colds” appear in a family let all those who are unaffected take Ars. 3c thrice daily and let the patients take Influ. 30c every hour or two. Even Dr. P. Sankaran of Bombay had mentioned that Influenzinum is indicated for poor reaction, when the patient’s recovery is poor after influenza. And, Tyler of UK used this in post influenzal epilepsy.

Therefore, I think Influenzinum is to be used in patients suffering from H1N1, and for sequale after H1N1.

What Homeopathic Medicine for H1N1 ?

As such, we don’t have any concrete outcome related to the present situation of H1N1 in India and abroad. Dr. Hahnemann used the prophylactic medicines during epidemics in his time. He evaluated the remedies based on his guidelines, and using those remedies proved efficacy of homeopathic medicines in epidemics. His experinces lead him to create guidelines to finding the curative remedy in such epidemics. Similarly we can apply this in our search of homeopathic medicine for H1N1 flu pandemic.

As per my analysis, in my opinion, Arsenic Album (or Ars. alb., or Arsenic alba) might be the right choice right now. Taking Ars. alb. 30 twice daily for 4-5 days might be helpful initially for a month or so. I chose 30 potency as it would be safer for kids, children, preganant, and immuno-compromised peoples. The information provided here is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician.

I presented this information here because I am finding lot of confusions in my patients, friends, students and my collegues.

In the last, if you find any flu-like symptoms, please consult your physician immidiately. All these info here is to update you about the facts. I am sure this would help you.

Dr. Anil Singhal, MD(Homeo)
Visiting Faculty
Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, New Delhi.
Dr. B. R. Sur Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, New Delhi.
Bakson Homoeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Greater Noida.

Note: You can download this information freely and spread the facts about H1N1 Flu and Homeopathy. We don’t need to create panic. We all work together to make this world H1N1 free.

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  1. Dr Maheshkumar Nule says:

    Meticulous work. Amidst the general ruins this article can be of great solace for those who want to know as well as for those who want to treat and safeguard their near and dear ones.

    Great effort Dr Anil Singhal.

    Hope to see more articles on your site.

  2. Amit Srivastava says:

    Thank you Dr Singhal for sharing such useful information. I have a question in two parts, First could homeopathy be used for prevention of flu, second your analysis which identify Ars, Lyco, Phos..etc medicine for infected person…with the kind of pendamic..do homeopathy bring the confidence and hope among the people.

  3. Dr.Meetu Aggarwal says:

    Thank you sir,it’s really a valuable information about swine flu.actually me and renu also had given presentation in college,we had information of few homoeopayhic medicines like bry,eup-perf,influenzinum,gelsemium.but we didn’t had any idea of arsenic-alb.so,thank you once again.

  4. Rafy says:

    Hi,

    I meant the indiaqn strain. Is it different from what we have in Europe where it is made yearly from 3 expected viruses and not from ASIAN FLU VIRUS.

    RAFY

    • Soniya says:

      June 15, 2010 at 3:17 amYes dr, rhgltiy said that gelsemium is the perfect genus epidemicus for h1n1 fir pune city. Gelsemium is a more trusted remedy than influenzinum. It gives better results than Influenzinum. Reply

  5. Dr.R.K.Manchanda, says:

    Dear Anil

    You have given a very valuable information about the H1N1 and Homoeopathy. There are primarily two ways to look at the possibility of using Homoeopathy as prophylactic. One is use specific nosode which in any case is not avilable for H1N1, however the nearest one is Influenzinum. The efficacy of nosode has not been studied deeply, had it been that simple, WHO and other would have used dilution of H1N1 to contain the pandemic, so there is need to look beyond or to undertake measurable pilot study to establish credibity beyond doubt.

    The other option is to use acute medicines, the steps should be 1) to identify sypmtoms of the group of patients, 2) shortlist group of drugs; this work to some extent have been done by Maxican doctors and have suggested Aconite-n, Belladonna,Bryonia, Ars alb, Eup perf, Merc viv, Gelsemium
    Now there is need to treat some of the cases of swine flu with these or any other medicines, and report to CCRH, or to me so that further genus epidemicus can be worked out. Then there shall be a real challange of ensuring its proper distribution in appropriate dosage.
    I request Homoeopaths to report their realtime experiences in swine flue. We shall also be shring with you our experiences periodically.

    Dr.R.K.Manchanda, Deputy Director(Homoeopathy), Govt. of Delhi

  6. Dr.Rajesh Chawla says:

    Great job by a sincere homeopath.Repertorial result would have been more accurate if some smaller rubrics(collected from patients) with few medicines would havebeentaken under consideration.Even then a commandable job.

  7. Peter Jassal says:

    Dr. Singhal
    It is always a pleasure to read your educational articles. It brings back the nostalgia of time spent together when we were classmates @ NHMC. Your articles are always of the highest educational value and point to the vast potential homeopathy has to offer. As world of medicine struggle to find answers for such ‘diseases’; homeopathic approach of treating the person as a whole might be the right answer.
    Great article.

    Peter Jassal, MD.

  8. Dr. Anil Singhal, MD (Homeo)
    Dr. Anil Singhal says:

    I thank Dr. Manchanda, Dr. Rajesh, Dr. Pankaj, Dr. Alok, Dr. Nule, Dr. Meetu, Dr. Peter, Dr. Rajendra, Hemant, Amit and all others for your appreciations and feedback. I wanted to share my views about homeopathy and H1N1. I am sure all these inputs would help to alleviate the panic in public.

    Amit, Hahnemann used homeopathic medicines as preventives in epidemics in his time, and he reported success. Since than, people used homeopathic medicines in many epidemics like plague, cholera, etc. So, I believe if we have some common analysis of the situation, homeopathy can be used for prevention of flu H1N1, and I am sure with our collective efforts and awareness, confidence and hope would return among the people.

    Raby, I have just uploaded some of my notes about influenzinum, some information is awaited.

  9. Ankur Bhatnagar says:

    Thanks a lot Dr. Anil Singhal for providing such detailed analysis on H1N1 virus in such simple and easy language.
    I am suffering from cough and cold, but shortness of breath or fatigue is not there. I had consulted an alopathic doctor last week. He gave me some medicines for viral fever and common cough and cold, fever is gone but cough and cold is still a problem.

    Can I take homeopathic medicines after alopathic course or both can go side by side…???

    Waiting for your suggestions!!

  10. DR JUNAID says:

    dear dr singhal
    a very much thankful to you for ur keenly efforts.you did a good job for homeopathy and patient aswell.

    with regards
    DR JUNAID ALAM

  11. Peter Jassal says:

    Dr. Singhal
    While going over the info about the pandemic i came across a very good site published by a few Homeopaths in Mexico, where it all began. They had compared the current outbreak with previous one of 1916 and had quite a few good obsevations and their experiences treating patients with swine flu.

    Peter Jassal, MD (USA)

  12. Homeopathy says:

    Swine flu is very dangerous disease. Its almost fatal. But there are lot of people whose swine flu is being treated by Homeopathic treatments and it has been very effective since homeopathy has no side effects, but disadvantage of that is, its effects can be destroyed by the effects of smoking, pungent smells, coffee, camphor or petrol smell. So one have to take care of. One has to keep place germ-free, avoid crowded places, cover mouth with a mask.

  13. Dr Srinivasa Rao Nyapati says:

    Dr Anil shingal,

    thank you for that extremely scholarly work on H1N1 and Influenzinum. It is indeed very helpful and I trust that appropriate leads will be taken from this article and some consensus can come out at the earliest.

  14. nancy millar says:

    thank you for the information. I have friends in india asking for this homopathic influenzium 200 potency dilution
    they say it is not available readily because it is being held for higher money and shopkeepers that have it are not disbursing it as they should.It is a shame to see tths happen where so many already are sicck and suceptible to illness .How can i get some for my indian families?

  15. Dr.Sudhir Batra says:

    Great job , Dr.Singhal.Nice to see such a good view on HINI and what is more appreciating is that ther are feed backs and they are addresed by you promptly…

  16. Dr Manjari Sharma says:

    good work done !!! dr anil and thanks for sharing this infomration and making it clear to masses ( medicos as well as non medicos …

    this is the way we should project any thing rather just telling one or the other medicine for prevention or so so …
    many thanks
    with regards
    Dr Manjari
    drsdrs@in.com

  17. dr.dkv.prasad says:

    dear dr. singhal,
    Thank you very much for your atttention towards Swine flu. The approach for the selection of the drug Ars.alb is absolutely right. Once again I thank you very much for your effot in dealing this dreadful disease.

  18. Dr. Shivang Swaminarayan says:

    Dear Homoeopaths,

    I am sure very few have current/latest research updates and knowledge on scientific work on Influenzinum. The abstract hereunder would be a useful reference for furthering the research on H1N1 and Homoeopathy’s role.

    Antiviral activity of influenzium infectious nosode: an in vitro study
    =========================================================

    1Siqueira, C.M., 1Costa, B., 1Amorim, A.M., 1Gonçalvez, M., 1Veiga, V.F.; 2Lyrio, C., 1Couceiro, J.N., 1Holandino, C. 1

    Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, + 55 21 2562 6403. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. cholandino@yahoo.com. Instituto Roberto Costa,2Instituto Roberto Costa, Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. carloslyrio@robertocosta.org.br

    Influenza viruses have been responsible for highly contagious acute respiratory illnesses, afflicting humans since ancient times and causing high mortality in the elderly. The influenzinum remedy, which is used in homeopathic medicines nowadays, is made from the influenza vaccine (Pasteur Institute). The purpose of the present study was to develop, for the first time, a new nosode from the infectious influenza A virus (H3N2) and to verify its in vitro effectiveness. This preparation is based on the technique recommended by the Brazilian homeopathic physician, Dr. Roberto Costa. The compounding of this medicine is made with the infectious virus, which is kept alive during the first steps of the dynamization procedure, making Roberto Costa’s nosode more capable of stimulating the immune system. This nosode was prepared in water and phosphate buffer saline and its virus particles were analyzed by electron microscopy, where differences could not be seen in the 1dH potency. Following this analysis, the nosode was compounded in water and its antiviral activity was analyzed on Madin Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) epithelial cells that are used as standard cell culture for studies measuring the influenza virus infectivity.

    Based on these characteristics, the cytotoxic and the antiviral effects of the 30dH potency, were analyzed by the neutral red and immunofluorescence assays, respectively, after submitting the MDCK cells to pre and post infection treatments, with 1%, 5% and 10% of the nosode. Control experiments were developed, just treating the cells with dynamized water (30dH). The neutral red assay indicated that the nosode was not cytotoxic to MDCK cells; however, the microscopic analysis of fluorescent images showed that the nosode induced a reduction in cell fluorescence when compared to the virus control, indicating that the treatment caused a reduction in the rates of MDCK infectivity. Moreover, the nosode induced interesting alterations on cellular morphology probably due to the increase of cellular mitosis rate. Finally, the use of hemagglutination assay and the 4 MUNANA fluorogenic substrate indicate that the nosode was not able to modify the virus cell adsoportion and the virus sialidase activities, respectively. New experiments are being developed to understand how this influenzinum infectious nosode interferes with the morphology and the biochemical features of MDCK cells.

    Dr. Shivang Swaminarayan
    homoeo@sintex.co.in

  19. Koushik says:

    Dear Doctor- thank you very much for this informative analysis. I have a 5 and a half year old and I am caught in two minds. We have procured both Influenzinum 30 and Arsenic Album 30.
    Do you think we should administer the child Infl. 30 on day 1 followed by Ars. alb for 7 days?
    Or is there any other more appropriate dosage for prevention? Finally, if we only administer Ars. Alb what is the dosage for adults and the child (so that it has no side effects)?
    Thank you very much and anxiously awaiting your reply.

  20. Dr Ananda Kumar Pingali, MD says:

    Dear Dr Singhal,

    I am very happy to see your work in this area with in a sense of moral responsibility

    I concur with you that Arsenic May be the choice of remedy rather than influenzinum

    I am giving a single dose of Arsenic Alb 200 as a preventive.

    The reasons I feel are

    Panic regarding a disease
    Fear that they will get the disease – / anxiety / restlessness etc

    And also it covers the disease part
    Like cold, sneezing, fever, throat pain, body pains etc

    Both at the level of mind and body this may be one of the best suited medicine

    And even Hahnemann has never recommended to use the same nosode as a preventive because it given on such basis it will disturb the constitution – ie the habit of giving tuberculinum for tuberculosis , syphillinum for syphilis and so forth.

    Regards

    Dr Ananda Kumar Pingali, MD

  21. Nikhil Shah says:

    Congrats Dr.Singhal for the guts to present the details what Homeopathy can do !!!

    I have always felt that Homeopathy is the pathy to follow in the 21st century.

    I wish you and other like minded Homeopaths be like what Baba Ramdev is for Yoga.

    Why does Allopathy succeed?? Their Doctors are always available for treatment 24 X 7 . Can we have Homeopaths coming up with such a time frame.

    Can we have Homeopaths conducting meetings -public and canvass for homeopathy for such emergencies like plague,SAARS,H1N1 etc.

    I am a dowser can decide the medicine based on dowsing. visit my website.

    I offer unlimited consultations to the H1N1 prone /affected people based on their photographs / handwritings & condition details.

    Please go ahead and I wish you grand success.

    I am going to send your mails to atleast 500 people.

    Pranam,

    Nikhil 9376214434

  22. Dr. Jeff Tikari says:

    To patients who come to me with flu-like symptoms, I prescribe a combo of meds.
    Ars alb 30, Gels 30 along with meds for prevailing symptoms. If there is bone pain, I add Eup perf. etc.

    2-3 drops of this mix in 100 ml water. Sip every half hour and shake the bottle vigorously before each sip.

    Seems to work wonderfully well.

    J Tikari

  23. Gurpreet Kaur says:

    Great effort !!! What was so interesting was all the detailed behind the source and type of Influenzinum. The article has really broaden the horizen and taught the right way of studying any homeopathic remedy.

  24. Indroneel Banerjee says:

    Thank you Dr Singhal for the insightful piece on the current scare doing the rounds in the entire country. Frankly though it is not much different from the other Flu we know of something which the latest advisory of WHO reiterates. There is also no way to confirm H1N1 flu in a patient coming to me as my city doesnt have the kit to test samples. Moreover, it takes 2 days to get a result, something which, I feel, is the reason for most deaths. In such circumstances it is better to approach the patient in the conventional way, like we treat other cases of flu.
    There was this family friend of mine who returned from the US on the 5th of august and she had high rise of fever (went up to 104 degree), cold, running nose and intense body ache. Since there was no way we could test her hence I cannot be sure but there was every chance that it could have been H1N1 Flu. The lady was prescribed Eucalyptus 30 at 3 hour intervals and she recovered in 4 days.
    So I Guess one can add Eucalyhptus to that list of prospective remedies.

  25. Dr. M. Ayub Khan, DHM says:

    Dear DR. Anil,

    Thanks for your insight and a thorough analysis of H1N1 virus.
    In my practice,I have observed that miasms played a major role
    to the susceptabiliy of children and older people to any pandemic flu infections.

    It’s an established fact that in homeopathy there is no specific remedy for any disease condition. During case taking, we have to note down whether miasmatic weaknesses run in the patient or his family. Then match the totality of symptoms with your short-listed remedies and also check with their modalities and peculiar and rare symptom if any.

    1. If history skin disease was present : Bacillinum Lm.3 will be the starting remedy followed by most appropriate remedy from the list.

    2. In case of history of Tuberculosis : Tuberculinum bovi. LM-3 first and followed by most appropriate remedy from the list.

    3.In case of sycosis : Medorrhinum. LM.3 and followed by most appropriate remedy from the list.

    4.If all the symptoms are worse in a damp, rainy and humid weather then think of Natrum Sulp. LM1.

    These are a few guidelines which I hope you may find
    them helpful. We have to find a reliable basis of fighting this menace faster and show the skeptic world that healing art in homeopathy is universal.

    With regards,
    M. Ayub Khan, DHM ( UK)
    Homeopath, Ottawa, Cnada.

  26. Dr. Pawan Gupta says:

    Sir,
    I think influenzinum may have been right but frequent repeatition (as was mentioned in sms) may be wrong. So I would advise schools & other authorities to consult a qualified homoeopathic doctor before circulating this kind of information to the general public.

    • Tatiana says:

      So true! It is rare that just chisoong a remedy off the shelf actually works. A skilled homeopath can get to the root of the problem and bring relief fast. Amazingly powerful little pellets.

  27. P BHASKER says:

    Dear dr,
    I sincerely place on record the excellent work done by you to find out the prophylaxis for SWINE FLU. Based on Boenninghausens repertory ihave come to the same conclusion regarding this i have offered my comments to Dr SK Vashisht of Vashist Laboratories, Hyderabad.

    Regarding the WHO report on curability of TB, Malaria & HINI i feel the homoeopathic fraternity should take up the issue and strongly resist the false propaganda carried out to defile the name of Homoeopathy.Is not drug resistant TB the legacy of allopathic drugs, less said about malaria
    Thanks, Regards
    P. Bhasker

  28. Dr.P.K.Gupta says:

    Dear Dr.Singhal,
    I totaly agrees with you Dr.Singhal.Ars 30 is quite affective along with Gels.30 in preventing Swine flu and i have given these two medicine to patients of Pune and the results are very positve.
    Thanks
    regards
    Dr.P.K.Gupta

  29. Koushik says:

    Dear Doctor- thank you again for this informative analysis. I have a 5 and a half year old and I am caught in two minds. We have procured both Influenzinum 30 and Arsenic Album 30.
    Do you think we should administer the child Infl. 30 on day 1 followed by Ars. alb for 7 days? if we only administer Ars. Alb what is the dosage for adults and the child (so that it has no side effects)?
    Thank you very much and anxiously awaiting a reply from someone on this knowledgeable blog.

  30. Dr Bhavna Bamotra says:

    Thankyou sir for providing valuable information about swine flu. Even I agree with you that lot of hype has been created on swine flu. Few days back I was reading an article on swine flu and some of the reports are saying that swine flu virus is a man made virus just to sell the medicines like tamiflu and other medicines by pharmaceutical companies and these companies are playing with the life of people.

  31. Dr.Amit Habbu M.D (Med).,D.N.B. (Med), M.F.Hom says:

    It is reasonable to say that homeopathy ALONE should never be used to treat malaria, tuberculosis and HIV. As a complementary treatment it may have a role. If these three diseases are treated by homeopathy alone there will be very high mortality. As far as drug resistance is concerned it is a problem but at least allopathic treatment is able to save lives in these diseases.

    As far as the question of whether to give influenzinum or ars alb is concerned i would advice to give neither. Take the appropriate remedy whatever it may be if there are any symptoms.

    The earlier we rid ourselves of this conspiracy theory about existance of the virus the better. People are dying from H1N1, we know tamiflu efficacy rates may be low however if it is susceptible in vitro there is a definite case of using it in vivo.

  32. Dr. R,N, WAHI says:

    Dear Dr. Anil Singhal,

    My reading of the mails had become quite pending, and so I could not read it earlier. I appreciate your analysis of the H1N1 Virus, and yes agree that Arsenic Alb could be a medicine which could eventually be termed as GENUS EPIDEMICUS. It may appear strange, but the fact is that in the Walled City of Delhi, the cases have been much less and whenever they came, they were treated like any acute illness. The situation in the early epidemic of Influenza in late 60s or early 70s ( I don’t remember the exact year) the problem was much acute, and at that time Influenzinum 36, as the only potency available at that time was very effective as a preventive. This year, the situation was different. Yes, there was a lot of panic otherwise, and that is why there was a lot of enquiry about INFLUENZINUM 200. My own experience has been that it was more of a media hype rather than the actual scientific study as done by you. In fact, the silence of CCRH, CCH, HOMEOPATHIC ADVISOR’S OFFICE, OR THE DIRECTORATES silence has created lot of confusion. I could not support the loginc of Influenzinum 200 tds for 5 days. Unfortunate, but true, that at least in 5 or 6 cases, I could find that the proving of Influenzinum started within 3 days of its intake. Influenzinum 200 is still available for use by any doctor or institution. Its demand has now reduced, may be by media especially NDTV, who was positive in creating awareness about the actual condition and gaining self confidence of the public in general.

  33. Manu says:

    Dear Dr Singhal,
    firstly thanks a lot for the mine of information your article offers.
    Sir, I am in the Army and posted at Secunderabad (AP) since the last 2 years. I have a six year old son, who very frequently develops a strange sequence of coughing whenever he’s here at Secunderabad. By strange I imply, that the timing of his coughing bouts is more or less fixed. So on days, when he gets it, it is between 6 to 8 in the evening and between 4 to 6 in the morning. Also, sometimes the coughing is so severe, that he tends to vomit.
    We as parents have tried both allopathy and homeopathy. But the cough has been troubling our son for 2 years now.
    This morning his cough was particularly bad and he felt feverish. Needless to say, with the news of the spread of H1N1 virus we are concerned.
    Sir, while I know this may not be the correct forum to seek consultation on the issue, but it would be of great help if you could guide us. Also, we would be grateful, if you could suggest some good Homeopathic Doctor at Secunderabad.
    Warm regards,
    Manu.

  34. sonal chutkay says:

    HOW FAR IS MUCOCOCCINUM HELPFUL TO PREVENT H1N1 . IF HELPFUL WHAT SHOULD BE THE DOSAGE FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS . OR ANYOTHER ALTERNATIVE .THANK U

  35. Dr. Anil Singhal
    Dr. Anil Singhal says:

    China has detected eight people infected with mutated forms of the swine flu virus, a health official said Wednesday, but flu drugs and vaccines still work against it.

    Flu viruses mutate easily, and scientists have been closing watching for signs that the swine flu virus is changing, which could make it more dangerous or more infectious.

  36. Dr.Sunil Sharma says:

    Dear Dr.Singhal,
    thanks for the information.Homoeopaths should have such spirit and enthusiastic approach in such calamities like swine flu, dengue etc.also i would like to add , Staphylococcinum 200 single dose .
    thanking you
    with warm regards,
    Dr.Sunil Sharma
    D.H.B , D.H.M.S
    D.I Hom London
    Ex.vice principal S.P.H homoeopathic medical college,
    Chhatarpur (M.P)

  37. Dr. Anil Singhal, MD (Homeo)
    Dr. Anil Singhal says:

    Delhi reported 223 cases of swine flu, the highest number of cases reported in a day since the virus infected the city, including one death, on Saturday Dec 5th, 2009.

    Dr VM Katoch, director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research, says, “We can’t call it a second wave. But this increase in H1N1 figure was expected during this time of the year. This is nothing but a mini wave which will infect a few clusters only. We should expect more such mini waves.”

  38. Myra Nissen, CCH RSHom(NA) says:

    Dr. Singhal, This is a very thoughtful presentation about the H1N1, Swine Flu, Virus. Arsenicum is an interesting choice especially since the government agencies are urging frequent extended hand-washing and the present state of the economy has people fearful their monetary situation – both as you know keynotes of Arsenicum album.

    Surprisingly in my practice I find few have gotten the flu. Thy are having a virus that starts with a stuffed nose, sore throat and ends in spasmotic, dry cough. I find Nux vomica (30C) seems to be indicated, and also Ferrum-phos 6X followed with drosera 0 taken 20 drops in water every 6 hours.

  39. Natural Health says:

    Nice post.
    I learned a lot of information from this post. Thanks for the effort you took to expand upon this topic so thoroughly. I look forward to future post.
    The Natural Health field is growing at a phenomenal rate throughout the world. And millions of Americans — aware of the detrimental effects of drug-based western medicine — are joining health oriented people around the globe in embracing an alternative natural approach. Encompassing the core building blocks of all living organisms, an holistic lifestyle promotes the building, repair, and maintenance of health.

  40. DrParikshit Mahimkar says:

    Dear Sir..we’re greatly thankful to you for this wealth of knowledge. It would be a gr8 idea if the AYUSH opens a separate research institute for Swine Flu Research.

  41. Dr. Anil Singhal
    Dr. Anil Singhal says:

    This is reported today 16th September 2010:

    A swine flu virus infecting a woman in Singapore mutated into a drug-resistant form virtually overnight, doctors reported in a study that they say shows the limitations of using drugs to treat influenza.

    While the woman recovered, the mutation developed within 48 hours, rendering the infection increasingly resistant to the effects of Tamiflu, the main drug used to fight flu and which is known generically as oseltamivir.

    “Our data indicate that oseltamivir resistance developed within two days,” Masafumi Inoue of the Agency for Science, Research and Technology in Singapore and colleagues wrote in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal.

  42. dr.jayaganesh says:

    thank you very much dr.anil,
    I learned a lot of information from this post. Thanks for the effort you took to expand upon this topic so thoroughly. thank you dr

  43. Azhar says:

    Dr.Anil

    It is really tremendous work and knowledge.I salute ur hard work and knowledge which is tremendous.This article has not only given information on H1N1 INFLUENZA but also gievn lots of knowledge about PREPRATION OF VACCINE.Thanks dorctor sb.

  44. Dr. Priyanka says:

    Thanks all d doctors with special emphasis to Singhal Sir for sharing and proving us their knowledge and experience which will help us as a beginner to start with.
    Thanks and Regards
    priyanka

  45. Cary says:

    Simply want to say your article is as amazing. The clearness in your post is simply great and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work.

  46. Dr S B Mehta says:

    Single dose o Influenzinum 200 once a week and alteration of Ars Alb 30 and Sabadilla 30 worked great. Out of 400 not a single person suffered even from cold during the outbreak.

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