Whether you have just the sniffles or a full-blown case of the flu, homeopathic remedies can ease what ails you. Instead of the one-size-fits-all principles common to over-the-counter cold and flu medicines, homeopathic remedies, such as our examples below, are based on a set of specific symptoms. These treatments help stimulate the body’s natural defenses by re-establishing a normal immune system. To shorten the course of illness, pick the remedy that most closely matches your symptoms, and then follow label directions for the appropriate dose.

Three remedies to try

Bryonia

> Cold symptoms:
Watery nasal discharge with stuffy nose.
Head colds that travel down into chest.

> Flu symptoms:
Aching stiffness.
Dry, racking, and painful cough.
Sore throat and chest.

>> Precautions: None known.

Gelsemium

> Cold symptoms:
Running nose and sneezing.
Sense of fullness at the base of the nose.
Dull headache and fever.

> Flu symptoms:
Chills, body aches, and exhaustion.
Sore neck and shoulder muscles.
Sleepless, but very fatigued. Weak, trembling limbs.

>> Precautions: None known.

Nux vomica

> Cold symptoms:
Sneezing spells, runny nose during the day, and sore throat.

> Flu symptoms:
Shivering, cramping abdominal pains, nausea, and dry retching.

>> Precautions: None known.