The pandemic panic of swine flu is groping up day by day as the number of case are increasing daily in India. The viral disease caused by the H1N1 virus is a highly infectious virus which no doubt cannot retain high temperatures but still the migrants or visitors from abroad are increasing the spread of the disease. The main symptoms like high temperature, coryza and sore throat which progressively cause deterioration of the immune system of the patient can often prove fatal if not cured or treated at the earliest. The administration though is trying to make its efforts to combat the pandemic but media reports showing increase in the number of cases is definitely creating an atmosphere of panic but there is no need to worry as the Homoeopathic Science invented by Dr.S.C.F.Hahnemann claims to not only cure the epidemic Swine-Flu but even to help the humanity by providing a prophylactic treatment in advance similar to a vaccine to protect from the disease..
On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus. A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway. More than 70 countries are now reporting cases of human infection with novel H1N1 flu. This number has been increasing over the past few weeks, but many of the cases reportedly had links to travel or were localized outbreaks without community spread. The WHO designation of a pandemic alert Phase 6 reflects the fact that there are now ongoing community level outbreaks in multiple parts of world. WHO’s decision to raise the pandemic alert level to Phase 6 is a reflection of the spread of the virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus.
Symptoms & Homoeopathic treatment:
The symptoms of this new H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this new H1N1 virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. The high risk groups for novel H1N1 flu are not known at this time but it’s possible that they may be the same as for seasonal influenza. People at higher risk of serious complications from seasonal flu include people age 65 years and older, children younger than 5 years old, pregnant women, people of any age with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and people who are immunosuppressed (e.g., taking immunosuppressive medications, infected with HIV). The symptoms of the full blown cases of Swine Flu are well taken care off by group of Homoeopathic remedies like Influenzinum, Variolinum, Arsenic Album , Bryonia , Pyrogenium , Gelsemium, Belladona , Rhustox , Natrum Mur, Aconite, Arsenic-album, Baptisia, Merc-sol, Eupatorium perf, Cantharis, Phosphorus, Cuprum-met, Camphora, and Veratrum-album according to the symptoms when well selected permanently.
Some hints for infected patients is to avoid contact with others. If you are sick, you may be ill for a week or longer. You should stay home and avoid contact with other persons, except to seek medical care. If you leave the house to seek medical care, wear a mask or cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. In general you should avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness. At the current time, it is believed that this virus has the same properties in terms of spread as seasonal flu viruses. With seasonal flu, studies have shown that 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.
Emergency Warning Signs: If a person becomes ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.
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.
• Severe or persistent vomiting.
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
Homoeopathic medicine Influenzinum and Arsenic Album if given priorly act as a good prophylactic remedy for the prevention of the Swine Flu. The Central and State Government should organize Homoeopathic camps in association with the NGO’s at proper outlets to facilitate the Homoeo Vaccine so as to benefit the humanity
The Writer Dr.P.S.Ranu is:
Member of Central Council of Homoeopathy (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Govt. of India).
Former Chairman of Punjab Homoeopathy Council Ministry of Medical Education & Research Govt. of Punjab).
Visiting Professor: Hahnemann Homoeopathic Medical College London