Oscillococcinum for Flu! I can pronounce this word, can you?

I have recently tried a great product that helps shorten the duration of the flu virus!  It’s a natural remedy called Oscillococcinum!  Each dose comes in a tiny pellet, you open the pellet and there are a bunch of tiny spheres, put them into your mouth and let them melt like candy!  Take these right when you get those miserable flu symptoms, the sooner you take the medicine the more effective it is in fighting the flu;  especially best to start within the first two days of symptoms.

What are the symptoms of the flu? (1)

Flu symptoms include:

  • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children

 What is Oscillococcinum?

Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy, marketed to relieve influenza-like symptoms (such as feeling run down, headache, body aches, chills and fever). It is a popular preparation, particularly in France. Oscillococcinum is only made by a French company named Boiron. There are also other companies who make similar preparations, but they are sold under different names.  Oscillococcinum is used all over the world, in more than 50 countries. In France, it has been in production for over 65 years. (2)

What is Oscillococcinum made out of?

            The preparation is derived from duck liver and heart, diluted to 200C—a ratio of one part duck offal to 10400 parts water. This is such a high dilution, that the final product likely contains not a single molecule of the original liver. “Homeopaths claim that the molecules leave an “imprint” in the dilution that causes a healing effect on the body, although there is no evidence that supports this mechanism or efficacy beyond placebo.” (2)

How to take Oscillococcinum? (3)

Adults and children 2 years of age and older: Dissolve entire contents of one tube in the mouth every 6 hours, up to 3 times a day.

Children younger than 2 years of age: Ask a doctor before use.

Oscillococcinum is available in 6, 12 or 30 doses. Also try Children’s Oscillococcinum.

What is important to know before taking Oscillococcinum? (3)

  •  Do not use if glued carton end flaps are open or if the tray seal is broken.
  • Ask a doctor before use in children younger than 2 years of age.
  • Stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms persist for more than 3 days or worsen.

If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.
Keep out of reach of children.
Other Information:

At Kedvon Pharmacy we carry homeopathic medicines!  When you have those first flu symptoms, try Oscillococcinum!  Stop by Kedvon pharmacy for your traditional and natural remedies!  Contact us with any question at (847) 459-0001.



By: Dr. Vlada Korol

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