Fall is fast approaching and with it the pressure to take a flu vaccination. If you know there is no egg allergy and injecting mercury and aluminum doesn’t bother you, go right ahead. Sorry, I got melodramatic there. The truth about the vaccine is that it will be the best educated guess they can make to protect you from two or three of the new season’s influenzas. The vaccine will provide about 13 months of protection from them before it wears off. You will not make your own immunity to flu. This will make you reliant on the vaccine when you are older, more vulnerable, and have not developed natural immunity. The major side effect of the flu vaccine is peripheral neuropathy. That is a numbness, tingling, and/or pain of the fingers, hands, toes, or feet. If it happens, there is no cure.
If you are immune compromised or are caring for an immune compromised person, it may be worthwhile getting the shot.
For everyone else, you have options.
Heel USA makes a homeopathic injections that boost the immune system for flu season. The way it works is you come in and Engystol. The next week you no injection is done. The third week Engystol again, after that you are done. This will dramatically boost your immune system. The cost of this is $70 total.
One of my patients is a homeopath. She gave me a unique way to use Boiron Oscillococcinum
. It is a homeopathic remedy, you may have seen TV commercials for it in the past. It is available at drug stores and health food stores. It should be bought fresh for the season, since it will have protection against the new season’s bugs. It will be protection against all of the new possible flu, not just 2 or 3 flu. (So last year’s box is not appropriate anymore.) Simply fill the little bottle top to the top with some of the sugar pellets. Put them under your tongue and let them dissolve. You will only need one bottle top per week. So just pick a good day and do this weekly. A box of these will last you all winter taken this way.
You may also use any of the classic herbs for colds and flu:
- echinacea (if you don’t have hay fever)
- Yin Qiao San or Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan
- San She Dan Chuan Bei Ye (glass vials)
- bovine cholostrum (if you can use dairy)
When you feel something coming on, instead of bundling up with blankets or taking a hot shower, try heating your internal body first. Brothy soups with lots of onions and/or garlic will heat your internal body. Ginger, cinnamon, chai or other hot herb teas are good. This is the theory behind the classic hot toddy. It warms you from the inside. Exercising to cause a sweat as soon as you feel something coming on will help. We believe the heat going out from your core will push the pathogen back outward.
For sore throat you should put 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Each hour gargle with one mouthful. You may spit it out or swallow it. The next day gargle with one mouthful every 2 hours. There will not be a third day. This is so acidic it kills bacteria, even strep throat.
As always, you can always call me, even if you haven’t been actively seeing me. I’ll have you drop by so I can muscle test you and see which herbs will work best. You don’t need to pay for an appointment, since this takes only 5 minutes.
If you actually have an appointment, I will acupuncture and possibly cup or gua sha to get you well fast. Print and keep these ideas and put them inside your medicine cabinet.