Worried over the shortage of Tamilflu drug to treat swine flu? Here`s hope. Homeopathy practitioners say they have an answer.
They propose a combination of three drugs that treat the symptoms of swine flu which are sore throat, cold, cough, fever, body ache, vomiting and diarrhoea.
``We use a combination of three drugs to develop immunity in the body to these specific symptoms and this helps in acting as a good resistant against swine flu,`` says Dr N.R. Jayakumar, a homeopath practitioner in Chennai. He runs a homeopath clinic near Velachery, the place where the first swine flu death was reported in the city.
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The three drugs that are used are Influezinum 200, Arsenicum Album 200 and Gelsemium 200. Each of these drugs are used to treat specific symptoms such as bronchopneumonia, bronchitis, cough, cold, sore throat, drowsiness, fever and even mental anxiety. ``The drugs alleviate even the fear of catching the flu which is very high among the public,`` he says.
Since homeopathy medicine claim little side effects, they can be administered to children. But the lack of awareness among the public about the alternative system of medicine and owing to a constant fight between other alternative medicines, homeopathy has not got its due, laments Dr Jayakumar. However, there has been a tripling of patients rushing to the clinic to get swine flu preventive in the last ten days, he adds.All you wanted to know about Swine flu
``Unlike the fake SMSes about nilgiris oil and tulsi leaves, homeopathy preventive medicine about influenzinum is quite effective. However, proper dosages of the medicine from registered practitioners is a must for it to be effective,`` the homeo doctor adds.
The effectiveness of the drugs has also been confirmed by the Tamil Nadu Homeopathy Medical Council and the council intends to take this up with the State government shortly.Spotting flu in children and adults