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 Integrative Medicine: Influenza  

For the child who feels chilly, restless, and weak, choose Arsenicum album. This is for a child who feels worse in a cold room, but wants something cold to drink. She will have a red nose with runny nasal secretions that burn the nose and upper lip. When ill, she wants to sit in bed with books, magazines, and a television. This child wants to be left alone, but will demand attention and reassurance every once in a while. When comforted and cuddled, she will quiet down and go to sleep. Give this child one dose of Arsenicum album 30x or 9c, four times a day, for up to three days.

Bryonia is helpful for a child with a headache, cough, constipation, thirst, and irritability. Give this child Bryonia 30x or 9c, three to four times a day, for up to three days.

Eupatorium is helpful for the child who complains of a severe aching deep in her bones. She feels sore "everywhere." Give this child one dose of Eupatorium 12x or 6c, three to four times a day, for up to three days.

Give Gelsemium to a child who has heavy, droopy eyes and feels weak and tired, with aches and chills up and down her back. This child wants to be alone. Give her one dose of Gelsemium 12x or 6c, three to four times a day, for up to three days.

Mercurius solubilis is for a lingering flu that just doesn't seem to go away. This child may have a sore throat, bad breath, and tender, swollen glands. Give her one dose of Mercurius solubilis 12x or 6c, three times a day, for up to three days.

Rhus toxicodendron is for the restless child who complains of achy, stiff muscles. Give her one dose of Rhus toxicodendron 30x or 9c, three times a day, for up to three days.

Impatiens helps to ease a child who is whiny, impatient, and tired of being sick. Give the remedy three times a day for three days.

For the locations of acupressure points on a child's body, see ADMINISTERING AN ACUPRESSURE TREATMENT.

Bladder 11, 12, 13, and 14 clear and balance the respiratory system.

Large Intestine 4 controls the head. This acupressure point relieves congestion and headaches.

Lung 7 helps to clear upper respiratory tract infections.

Massaging your child's feet is comforting and helps to bring energy down from the head to aid healing.

General Recommendations
Begin treating your child's influenza with homeopathics and herbs as soon as symptoms appear.

Encourage your child to take plenty of fluids.

Most children naturally want to sleep and rest when suffering through the flu, sparing body energy to fight the virus. A cozy bed and an open window banging in fresh air (when weather permits) will help. Keep your child from getting chilled.

(Excerpted from Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, ISBN: 1583331395)
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Janet Zand LAc, OMDJANET ZAND, O.M.D., L.Ac. is a nationally respected author, lecturer, practitioner and herbal products formulator whose work has helped thousands of people achieve better health....more
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