Sunday, December 30, 2012

Oscillococcinum Flu-Like Symptoms Review






                          "Feeling a bit off? Get Oscillo. And feel like yourself again."



The cold and flu season can be a miserable and painful experience. If you are like me, you seek out different products that may help ease the symptoms. Anything that helps make the flu or cold more tolerable is better than suffering through it on your own.


Oscillococcinum is a Homeopathic medicine produced by Boiron. The product claims to reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms. My husband is dealing with the flu right now. However, he hasn’t tried this product due to skepticism. I decided that since I’m beginning to feel a slight symptom or two, taking this product wouldn’t be a bad idea. Better to be prepared than develop severe symptoms overnight.

I consumed the pellets about 15 minutes ago. Therefore, I’d rather talk about the product instead of how well it works. I don’t feel comfortable making early claims. Before I go on, I’d like to remind everyone to make sure that you consult your doctor before taking any medication. I am not a health care professional, just a consumer like yourself.

Surprisingly, this product is simple to use and has a pleasant taste. When I opened the box and pulled out the contents, I noticed 2 perforated sides. Each side contains 3 small tubes about an inch in length, and as thick as an ink pen. Pull or twist the small plastic lid carefully when opening the tube. Inside are tiny sugar like pellets.

I wanted to inspect the pellets before putting them in my mouth by pouring them into the palm of my hand. You can pour the pellets into your mouth directly from the tube. The pellets are a white tint, and the texture is firm. They remind me a bit of tiny candies. I did notice a very light sweet scent when inhaling the opening of the tube.

Feeling uneasy about how they would taste, I poured them into my mouth with a glass of tea nearby. Don’t be fooled by the “medicine” label on the front of the box. These pellets had a pleasant, sweet taste to them. I didn’t need a drink after consumption! The Oscillococcinum pellets dissolved quickly and didn’t leave a bitter aftertaste. Coupons are also available for various Bioron products.

USES:
Temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, headache, body aches, chills and fever.

PRODUCT DIRECTIONS:
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.  

ACTIVE INGREDIENT:
Anas barbbariae hepatis et cordis extractum 200CK HPUS 

 INACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Lactose  
Sucrose  

WARNINGS: Ask a doctor before use in children under 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.   The following information has been quoted directly from the "About Homeopathy" section on Bioron. 
About Homeopathy

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses highly diluted natural substances to relieve symptoms.

Principles of Homeopathy

Homeopathy derives from the Greek words homeo, meaning “similar,” and pathos, meaning “suffering” (such as the pathology of a disease). Homeopathy operates on a “like cures like” principle that has been used empirically for more than 200 years, and is now confirmed by an increasing number of research publications. Translated, this means that a patient suffering from symptoms can be treated by micro-doses of a substance capable of producing similar symptoms in a healthy person. Homeopathic medicines stimulate the body’s physiological reactions that restore health, with a very low risk of side effects due to the use of micro-doses.

An Example

An example of how homeopathic medicines work is the similarly of symptoms between a bee sting and a rash. A bee sting swells and itches. If similar symptoms appear from perhaps hives, a rash or even another insect bite, the homeopathic medicine most appropriate to treat these symptoms is actually made from a tiny amount of a bee. Instead of masking symptoms, the medicine sends the body a signal to help it rebalance and heal.

Benefits of Homeopathic Medicines

Natural — The active ingredients in homeopathic medicines are diluted plants, animals and minerals that relieve the same symptoms they cause at full strength (i.e., a micro-dose of coffee bean helps nervousness).

Scope of Use — Similar to other over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, homeopathic medicines can be used to relieve symptoms of a wide range of acute health conditions such as allergies, coughs, colds, flu, stress, arthritis pain, muscle pain, and teething.

Efficacy — Homeopathy has been used for more than 200 years, building a remarkable safety record and generating a great body of knowledge.

Quality-controlled — Homeopathic medicines are manufactured according to the highest standards, complying with specifications of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and Drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Safe — Homeopathic medicines are one of the safest choices for self-treatment.
- No known side effects such as drowsiness
- No interactions with conventional medications or herbal remedies
- No contraindications with pre-existing conditions
- No masking of symptoms

Forms — Like other OTCs, homeopathic medicines are available in a variety of dosage forms such as gels, ointments, creams, syrups, eye drops, and suppositories.



DISCLAIMER: I received a sample of this product from Naturally Savvy in exchange for sharing the information with my readers. I hold no responsibilities between you and the company/product. All opinions are my own and unbiased.

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