by HMN Sponsor Boiron USA
When your child is sick with a fever, they want nothing but to feel better. And you want to provide them with relief as quickly as possible. But here’s the truth: a fever doesn’t always need to be feared. In fact, it’s a good sign that the body is actively fighting off illness.
While conventional approaches often rely on medications to reduce fevers, these may hinder the body's natural healing process. However, there are instances where intervention may be necessary. This is where homeopathy comes into play. Homeopathic medicines offer gentle relief not by suppressing the fever itself but by working with the body to overcome it. While there are numerous homeopathic medicines available for fever, here are six popular remedies deserving a prominent place in your medicine cabinet.
Belladonna (deadly nightshade)
Belladonna relieves high fever of sudden onset with profuse sweating and hypersensitivity to light and noise.* Belladonna is highly poisonous in its natural form; however, in its homeopathic form, it is the best medicine to try first and can be safely given during the early stages of fever.
Aconitum napellus (monkshood)
Aconitum relieves high fever at the onset with a hot face, dry skin, and intense agitation.* It's especially useful for fevers triggered by exposure to dry and cold weather.
Bryonia (white bryony)
Bryonia relieves high fever with a dry throat and with body aches, improved by staying immobile.* This is the remedy indicated when any movement would cause symptoms to worsen.
Gelsemium sempervirens (yellow jasmine)
Gelsemium relieves flu-like symptoms with fever, headache, drowsiness, and general weakness.* It's the "D" remedy where drowsiness, dragging, depression, and drooping are involved.
Rhus tox (poison ivy)
Rhus tox relieves fever with restlessness, where the person continuously moves to find a comfortable position to relieve the body aches.*
Oscillococcinum® is another great option to have on hand for fever. Ideal for ages 2 and up, it relieves fever as well as headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue.**
It's recommended to take these single medicines in a low dilution, such as 6C, because of the specific symptoms that accompany fever, but 30C can also be used if that's what you have on hand. If you have the right medicine, you will see improvement no matter the dilution.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.
*These "Uses" have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.