Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic preparation, Anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum, used to treat and prevent seasonal colds and airway inflammatory affections.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE is controversial as it uses highly diluted biological, botanical, or mineral substances to stimulate the body's own defence to deal with the symptoms and causes and recover. It is the safest natural stimulation of the defence systems of the body and has no contraindications, adverse drug reactions or the risk of drug interactions.For indications and dosage, please refer to your homeopathic practitioner or Materia Medica.
Below is some evidence based information:
Description: Anas Barb (aka Oscillococcinum as patented by Boiron) is a homeopathic preparation traditionally used for the symptomatic relief of symptoms of flu-like symptoms.
It was created during the 1920s by the French physician Joseph Roy, who believed he had discovered a type of “oscillating” bacterium in people with the Spanish flu.
It isn’t just about flu though and can be useful for the early symptoms of any winter illness, along with the usual protocols.
Used as soon as symptoms appear, it can be taken 3 or 4 times daily alongside other indicated acute remedies to help alleviate early symptoms of colds and flu.
Anas Barb is also helpful to support the system against winter illness generally and one I often recommend for children in childcare or in the early years at kinder or school where they seem to pick up everything going around.
It is also a remedy to think of if you are considering travel to new environments – that means new bugs – so I always recommend it when travelling on a plane whether overseas or more locally.
Dose: At the first sign of cold or flu symptoms, take 4 drops or 2 pillules every 15 minutes for 3-4 doses.
Evidence Based Medicine: The efficacy of Oscillococinum in preventing and shortening the duration of the common cold or flu was demonstrated by 2 recent studies, please click the link below for further details.
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