Q: I have been experiencing symptoms of cold. It is something I experience every winter. Can homeopathy help?

A: If you are experiencing flu symptoms this season, turning to homoeopathy could provide you with the relief you need.

The flu season brings along with a myriad challenges, right from feeling chilly and exhausted to experiencing excessive sweating, headaches, and body aches. Flu is often caused by the onset of seasonal change and affects the respiratory system, leading to sneezing, runny nose, or a dry cough. On the other hand, if the digestive system is compromised, it could lead to nausea or diarrhoea. Experiencing any of these unpleasant symptoms can knock anyone out for several days

One of the most asked questions is about what is the difference between a cold and flu? Both influenza (flu) and the common cold are contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. Flu is caused by influenza viruses only, whereas the common cold can be caused by several different viruses, including rhinoviruses, and seasonal coronavirus.

Seasonal coronaviruses should not be confused with SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Because flu and the common cold have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and its symptoms are typically more intense and begin more abruptly. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalisations. While flu can have serious associated complications.

Homoeopathy is quite effective when it comes to treating both the flu and common colds. Since the medicines are made from natural substances, you won’t experience any side effects.

A homoeopath works by addressing the illness concerning the symptoms you are suffering and asking you about your overall general physical and mental well-being. Homoeopathic remedies work well here as they support the body’s natural healing process. It can help support the body and work through the symptoms with less intensity, and you can expect a full recovery within a week.

These remedies also help in building a strong immune system, which in the long run will help combat cold symptoms rapidly and will not disrupt your daily routine.

Riyaz Badami is a homeopathic practitioner and medical director at Good Living Medical Centre. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.

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