At this point, homeopaths cannot claim that they have a cure OR a verifiable method of prevention for COVID-19. We still need more data and experience with this virus to come up with a definitive set of remedies. Furthermore, it is important to mention that no therapy, including homeopathy, is 100% effective in 100% of the cases.
Additionally, I strongly advise against self-treating with homeopathic remedies when dealing with a serious illness, including a pandemic outbreak. It can be extremely challenging to find the correct remedy without extensive knowledge and experience in homeopathy. Consulting with an experienced homeopath is invariably the best choice when deciding on a remedy.
One of the main reasons that homeopathy gained such spectacular popularity in the 19th century was the exceedingly great results that homeopathic patients experienced during the various epidemics/pandemics. These diseases that ravaged through the world during those years include influenza, pneumonia, cholera, yellow fever, scarlet fever, measles, typhoid, and typhus.
Resources on our website on epidemics/pandemics in general and COVID-19 in particular:
Refer to Dr. Sharif’s blogs on COVID-19 written on March 19 as well as his AANP (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians) convention talk on the subject of “homeopathic prevention and treatment of epidemics and pandemics”.
Homeopaths are helping the world with COVID-19:
I have been following numerous well-known homeopaths from around the world very closely over the last few months, especially more so recently. And, it certainly appears that these doctors and homeopathic practitioners are seeing excellent results with COVID-19 patients. As of March 29, 2020, I have not heard of a single case of a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 dying while undergoing homeopathic care. I have personally treated at least 20-25 patients successfully over the last few weeks. These patients were either told by MDs to go home and self-quarantine since they certainly had COVID-19, or they presumably had it based on their presentation. I have also had patients where I determined that they, in all likelihood, had the condition based on their unique set of symptoms.
In homeopathy, we treat people, NOT conditions… We individualize remedies for people with the same disease:
There are numerous remedies that various homeopaths throughout the world have been offering lately as potentially useful for helping with the active signs and symptoms of COVID-19. These remedies can also potentially help boost the immune system so that we do not succumb to the illness, to begin with. Homeopathy does not have any remedies for any specific condition (including COVID-19), per se! That is not how homeopathy works. Instead, we have remedies for people and the distinctive way in which they present the symptoms. THAT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to understand about homeopathy.
Furthermore, what is critical to note here is that in homeopathy, we always want to individualize the treatment, meaning find a remedy that matches the patient’s signs and symptoms entirely as opposed to settling with a generic remedy for everyone affected by the same illness.
The concept of Genus Epidemicus in homeopathy:
In each epidemic/pandemic outbreak, there are usually a few homeopathic remedies that seem to be effective in treating the condition at hand. These top remedy(ies) for the epidemic is(are) called the GE (Genus Epidemicus). In other words, the Genus Epidemicus may be one or a few different remedies. Based on my research, it looks like in each pandemic you could end up with one or a few remedies being the top remedy(ies) in one continent and possibly another remedy or a couple of remedies being the top remedy(ies) in another continent. This is important to remember! The GE is arrived at by consensus of practicing homeopaths worldwide. Stay tuned to learn what the final GE remedy (or remedies) for this pandemic may be.
We may need more than one remedy for the COVID-19 infection in one person, AND remedies for a pandemic can change over time:
It’s noteworthy that sometimes in epidemic/pandemic, to recover from the illness fully, the patient might need more than one remedy. Additionally, just as notable is that the epidemic/pandemic itself evolves, and as it does so, the SAME disease might require different remedies throughout its course of evolution. And, finally, different parts of the world may require different remedies for the same outbreak.
The top homeopathic remedies for COVID-19 so far:
Note: As our understanding of the virus evolves, and as we learn more about which remedies are better suited for tackling COVID-19, our top choices for the remedies change also.
Even though we do not as of yet know the Genus Epidemicus, some of our top potential remedies for COVID-19 so far as of March 29th include: Bryonia alba (many homeopaths say 50% of the cases are Bryonia), Antimonium tartaricum, Phosphorus, Sulphur, Lycopodium clavatum, Arsenicum album, Arsenicum iodatum, Aconitum napellus, Gelsemium sempervirens, Spigelia anthelmia, Kali bichromium, and Senega officinalis. There are many more remedies that are presently under investigation.
It’s important to emphasize that as we learn more about COVID-19, the homeopathic community will be more confident in the remedy selection(s), and the suggestions above might change, at least in order of priority. New remedies might come into the picture while others might fall out. Adding to the complexity of remedy selection is the fact that viruses mutate, and as they do so, a different set of remedies may be indicated. THIS IS CRITICAL TO KEEP IN MIND.
NOTE: It’s not advisable to use these remedies randomly or to take them all in one mouthful, hoping for the right remedy to act! That is not how homeopathy works. Taking the wrong remedy or taking the indicated remedy the wrong way (i.e. too strong of a potency, too weak of a potency, too often or not often enough) could lead to undesirable outcomes & may be potentially harmful.
Some ideas for prevention of COVID-19 so far:
As of March 29th, the homeopathic remedy Bryonia alba is considered the top remedy of choice with signs and symptoms matching that of COVID-19 the best. It’s thought that over 50% of COVID-19 patients in the world appear to be responding well to the remedy Bryonia. Another one of the top remedies that appears to be helping a large number of COVID-19 patients is Antimonium tart or tartaricum (NOT to be confused with Antimonium crudum). In homeopathy, if a remedy is helpful for the treatment of an epidemic/pandemic, it’s likely that it would support its prevention as well. Therefore, at this point, and this might change over time as homeopaths gather more information regarding the pandemic, taking the homeopathic remedy Bryonia 30c once or twice a WEEK alternating with Antimonium tart 30c once or twice a WEEK is a sound general approach for potential prevention of COVID-19. In other words, alternating these two remedies every 2-3 days may help with protecting oneself against the virus. For example, take Bryonia 30c on Mondays and Antimonium tart 30c on Thursdays.
Again, this recommendation could easily change in a week or two. Therefore, keep up with our website (both blogs and emails).
What to do at the onset of any acute respiratory symptoms?
It’s advisable to take one dose of Aconitum napellus (commonly known as Aconite) 30c at the very onset of ANY acute respiratory illness (not just COVID-19), followed immediately by a virtual visit with your homeopath to find the next step. This remedy can nip just about any respiratory illness in the bud. This recommendation might change over time. Therefore, keep up with our website (blogs and emails).
How to obtain homeopathic remedies?
Homeopathic remedies can be found at health food stores and natural food grocery stores. They are also available online from various homeopathic manufacturers, or even through Amazon. Note: Please only order one bottle of each- do not overstock. Consider others who may also need these remedies!
The necessity of a consultation (ideally over the internet or phone) with your homeopath:
YOU MUST HAVE A VISIT (IDEALLY A VIRTUAL VISIT) WITH YOUR HOMEOPATH IN ORDER TO IDENTIFY WHICH REMEDY IS BEST FOR YOU. THE BEST REMEDY CHOICE IS ONE THAT IS TAILORED TO YOUR SPECIFIC PRESENTATION! The selection process of the remedy is rather complicated, and I highly recommend against self-prescribing in this particular case.
Even in non-critical cases, the effects of this virus can be considerably damaging, and it is therefore strongly advised that those with symptoms resembling that of COVID-19 seek immediate professional homeopathic consultation. Please do NOT self-diagnose or self-treat even if you are familiar with basic homeopathic philosophy and prescribing.
AS HOMEOPATHS LEARN MORE ABOUT COVID-19, THEY WILL LIKELY CHANGE THEIR TOP CHOICES, AND POTENTIALLY NARROW DOWN THEIR SELECTION OF REMEDIES. I INVITE YOU TO FOLLOW MY BLOGS AND EMAILS TO BE UP TO DATE ON WHICH REMEDIES ARE THE BEST ONE(S) FOR THE POSSIBLE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF COVID-19.
For information on the following important subjects, refer to my last blog on COVID-19 written on March 19:
-What is “one” dose of a remedy, homeopathically speaking? How does one TAKE one dose of a homeopathic remedy?
-Basic rules for potency and frequency selection of homeopathic remedies
-Does anything antidote homeopathic remedies?
-Does the number of pills you take count in homeopathy?
-What to expect from homeopathic remedies in general during acute conditions?
-How to report your progress to your homeopath:
-Can you take remedies too often? And, what will happen if you do so?
-How to make a limited supply of a homeopathic remedy last for your entire family/community?
Dr. Sharif is offering general & specific guidelines for staying healthy during the pandemic:
Dr. Sharif is extremely busy these days not only learning about the coronavirus as it evolves but also bombarded by new information from the gurus in our international homeopathic community (from homeopaths across the globe practicing in various countries/continents including China, India, Europe, Africa, Canada, and the United States).
Dr. Sharif is offering general and specific supplements and homeopathic remedies to potentially help prevent the illness and also treat actively ill patients. The choice of homeopathic remedies for both prevention and treatment of this pandemic keeps evolving, and you are encouraged to schedule a virtual or long-distance visit with Dr. Sharif to go over the latest info on this subject as homeopaths across the world learn more and more about the virus.
Our office hours remain unchanged, 9-5 Mon-Fri, but Dr. Sharif does also offer telemedicine (long-distance) visits.
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