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Seasonal influenza has been a deadly disease in the US, affecting both the young and the older people. Healthy people are capable of fighting off the illness through a flu virus.
WHO has estimated that pandemics have been common in every 50 years. In such periods, the people being affected with flu are large in number and as well the symptoms are also very severe. This article analyses whether homeopathic treatment for flu could have been of any help at such periods.
Before going into the topic, it is essential to recognize that homeopathic treatment is not similar to traditional medicine, herbal treatment, holistic healing, conventional medicine or any other treatment.
According to Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), the homeopathic treatment for any disease involves the determination of a substance which is capable of bringing the same symptoms in a healthy individual that an infected individual experiences, dilution of this substance in water, till nothing else remains except for water.
Homeopaths consider that water preserves the essential property of that substance and as it is diluted more, the homeopathic remedy is more effective. All these do not have any scientifically proved evidences but the effectiveness lies in the belief of the person most of the times.
There is no question regarding the safety of the treatment since water is the only substance in the bottle and it is deemed to be safe like drinking water. Some people but do blindly believe in this treatment skipping off other forms of treatment which may sometimes lead to the death of the patient.
Owing to the lack of scientific evidence, the question of effectiveness seems to remain unanswered. In case a person gets cured from influenza through the homeopathic treatment, the main reason is the strong belief of the person in the system and not due to the medicinal properties of water.
There are some facts submitted by WHO. Bird flu circulating in many parts of the world like Europe, Asia and Africa is in fact not contagious among the humans. The only people who died due to the bird flu are those who handled the infected birds or were in close proximity with the members who are ill.
The people panic owing to the antigenic shift property of the virus. The flu virus is capable of sudden changes to forms that can be transmitted to humans as well in a similar manner of the spread of seasonal flu, through coughs and sneezes of the infected person. Air serves to be the medium of travel for these viruses. Likewise, pandemics can occur faster.
Only limited amounts of medications and vaccines will be available during a pandemic. Even some medications were not effective in treating humans affected with bird flu.
A bird flu vaccine could not be prepared as and then and it cannot be made available in such a short period before the virus undergoes mutations. This is because the researchers cannot create their own mutations and they need to wait for the virus to mutate and collect those samples for vaccine production.
So it is impossible to stop the pandemic and the entire world had to experience it in spite of the well developed medical facilities. So WHO announced the break of the pandemic and warned that there would be many more deaths all over the world. This was a warning for the governments to get prepared and not a word of panic.
After going through all these facts, it becomes easy to understand why some individuals seek homeopathic treatment for flu. Every person needs to protect himself and his family through some means. The time being wasted can be better spent by identifying and making the necessary corrections in their normal diet in order to maintain a healthy immune system to fight against the illness.