Influenza, commonly known as “the flu”, is an infectious disease caused by an influenza virus. Symptoms can be mild to severe. The most common symptoms include: high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle and joint pain, headache, coughing, and feeling tired. These symptoms typically begin two days after exposure to the virus and most last less than a week. The cough, however, may last for more than two weeks. In children, there may be diarrhoea and vomiting, but these are not common in adults. Diarrhoea and vomiting occur more commonly in gastroenteritis, which is an unrelated disease and sometimes inaccurately referred to as “stomach flu” or the “24-hour flu”. Complications of influenza may include viral pneumonia, secondary bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, and worsening of previous health problems such as asthma or heart filure.
Viruses invade cells in your body and use components of those cells to help them multiply. This process often damages or destroys infected cells. A viral disease is any illness or health condition caused by a virus.
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Japanese encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)
Measles, mumps, and rubella
Homoeopathy as a modern scientific system of medicine has the potential to provide solution to this. Due to the rapid resistance of the influenza vaccines to presently available antiviral drugs and the emergence of various influenza strains as a consequence of reassortment, climatic changes, and rapid globalization, there is a significant need for the proper health-care system and the search of specific antiviral drugs. During the progress of vaccine knowledge, influenza viruses may come up with a new strain, which may bring new challenges. Hence, complementary and alternative medicine mode of treatment may provide a substitute approach as a potential preventive and therapeutic strategy.
Homoeopathy has been reportedly used with variable degree of success in influenza, cholera, and other epidemics for 200 years. “The study has huge data and we need more research into the effectiveness of homoeopathic preparations in preventing infectious diseases, complications, and the economic viability of a homoeopathic approach”.