The Covid virus is new on the planet, which means none of us humans have ever met it before. Our systems aren’t educated to recognize it or bar it from entry so we are all susceptible to a certain extent. This is evolution in process, folks, where through exposure, we gradually meet, overcome and become resistant to one more challenge, growing stronger through the process.
So despite the isolation and care we are all taking, it’s a happening thing. Since few people in N.America are permitted to be tested, who knows how pervasive it really is! If you or a loved one feels off in any way, consider that you may have contracted it – but don’t panic!! Remember – 99% of people recover from this illness, and many of those will have very mild symptoms at most.
If you feel very sick, contact your doctor immediately; but even in a mild case, here are some things you can do to help yourself recover:
- A hot bath. This virus appears to be heat-sensitive, so anything that helps raise your body temperature will also help increase your ability to withstand and recover faster.
- Have lots of drinks but at room temperature to hot and avoid anything icy– again to use the heat factor to weaken any potential viral infiltration.
- Curl up under a blanket and binge watch something on tv – I’ve just gone through the 6th season of Downton Abbey and it’s done wonders for my Covid-phobia! The Mr. Rogers movie also gets high marks from me – but watch anything that takes your mind off the current situation, as long as it leaves you feeling good at the end.
- If you are running a fever, don’t take any fever-reducing medication unless your fever goes dangerously high (and call the doctor); fever is your body’s way of cooking out that virus, and stopping that process could prolong or even worsen its course.
- Notice Spring emerging outside the window. Reflect that no matter what, the earth turns, the seasons change, our amazing bodies adapt and viruses are one of nature’s ways to make us stronger.
And now some homeopathic advice:
For those of you who are more than just sick of information, there are some remedies that seem to be helpful in recovering from the virus itself. Any of them in a 30C potency, if the symptoms match, may well help speed things along so you can feel better, as you continue to hang out at home. Take 3 doses of the remedy (2 pills per dose) over a short period of time but with at least 1 hour between doses. If the patient feels improvement, then stay with the same remedy but only repeat when there is a downturn. As long as the remedy continues to stimulate an improvement, use it as needed. If there is no improvement after the 3 doses, try a different remedy, again trying to match the patient to the remedy.
Gelsemium – this was one of the most powerful remedies used in the deadly influenza epidemic of 1918 – compared to which, Covid is a walk in the park. The person feels lethargic and very tired, almost apathetic – although doesn’t necessarily want to sleep. There may be flushes alternating with chills. Possibly diarrhea and stomach upset, and quite a bit of urination. There is no thirst.
Sulphur – this remedy has a lot of heat, not just in the body but also the face, sometimes with redness (think flushed cheeks) and they want cool air, drinks, etc. and are very thirsty. Again a feeling of fatigue, but often want people around and like to talk. There is a feeling of dryness in the mouth or throat or nose and if there is a cough, it is dry.
Lycopodium – similar to Sulphur with heat, but more likely to feel chilled so want warmer drinks and are much less social. They prefer to be left alone and may feel some overall anxiety, but there is a flatness to all the emotions.
Bryonia – again, lots of similar features to Sulphur and Lycopodium with a feeling of heat throughout the body and face and great tiredness. With the heat, their preference is for cold drinks and air. They also have dryness and a tremendous thirst. But the Bryonia temperament is quite irritable with others; they want to be left alone and stay very quiet, as even moving will aggravate them.
Phosphorus – also a feeling of heat in the body and/or the face and may want either warmth or coolness. They also have a high thirst for cold drinks, sleepiness, and dryness. They can be restless and anxious, and want people close by, which will ease them – this is for the person who feels better with loving attention.
Arsenicum – Also warm body and/or face, but they definitely want warmth. They are thirsty for warmer drinks, and the classic symptom is drinking small sips at a time (vs Bryonia, which will down a whole glass straight away). Great tiredness and fatigue, but here is true anxiety which grows stronger with each news update and cannot be calmed by others, accompanied by internal restlessness; they may even be up and pacing around the room.
As you have seen, each of these remedies has a type of picture beyond just physical symptoms (they may all have common symptoms like fever, cough, etc) so look at the general/temperamental characteristics the patient is presenting, and try to find a match with one of them. If the remedy is correct for the person, they will improve within a fairly short time. But if the person is very sick and/or continues to deteriorate, always call for medical advice!
Take heart! We are participating in an evolutionary process, beyond governments or boundaries, religions or colors. Trust in yourself, your loved ones and humanity to overcome this challenge; we are more powerful than we know.
She who is centered in the Tao
can go where she wishes, without danger.
She perceives the Universal harmony,
even amid great pain,
because she has found peace in her heart.
(Tao te Ching Chapter 35,
Stephen Mitchell translation)
Right here with you,