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Got a Cold? Homeopathy Can Help Ease Your Symptoms

At this time of year when the "common cold" is all too familiar, homeopathic remedies can be used to help ease symptoms and at the same time stimulate your own immune system to help overcome the infection.

If you are prescribing for yourself, it is always a good idea to treat your symptoms the moment you start to feel unwell and this is especially true for rapidly evolving and debilitating conditions such as colds and influenza. It's also worthwhile making sure that you have a good selection of remedies on hand so that you can 'chase' the symptoms of your cold as it evolves through various stages. Many of the most effective remedies for the 'common cold' are best taken within hours of your symptoms occurring. So don't wait! Reach for a remedy at the very first signs of being unwell.

One of the most well know remedies for reliving the early symptoms of a cold is Aconite. This is an invaluable remedy when it comes to relieving inflammatory symptoms which come on suddenly and is the first remedy to think of when you feel you are going down with a cold after being exposed to cold winds, or after a shock or fright of some sort. There are literally dozens of homeopathic remedies that can help you move through the different stage of cold with greater ease and speed and most of them can be found in a good Homeopathic First Aid Kit.

Some of the other excellent remedies that are worth having to hand are Arsenicum Album, Belladonna, Gelsemium, Nux Vomica, Natrum Mur and Pulsatilla. They all have different characteristics and it's important when prescribing for yourself to remember to match your symptoms as closely as possible to the picture of the remedy.

Here are some general guidelines to help you select the best remedy for yourself.

1. Select the remedy that most closely matches your symptoms.

2. For self treatment the it's best select the 30c potency which is available from most pharmacies and in most Homeopathic First Aid Kits.

  • Take one dose and wait for a response.

  • If improvement is noticed, then wait and let the remedy continue to work.

  • If improvement slows, or has clearly stopped, then repeat the dose.

3. If no response is seen within a 'reasonable amount of time' (depending on the severity of your symptoms) then select the next most closely matching remedy.

4. If in doubt, or if you find that you are susceptible to recurrent infections then it's always a good idea to contact your Homeopath for a consultation.

It's also a good idea to consult your homeopath if you find that none of the remedies you have at home accurately matches your symptoms, or if you have tried 3 or more remedies without any improvement and of course if your symptoms are severe, or getting significantly worse, you should always consult with your local doctor.

In most case you will find that with the right homeopathic remedy you can do much to shorten the severity and duration of common ailments such as coughs and colds, as the medicines gently stimulate your body's natural ability to recover.

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