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Monday, September 28, 2009

Homepathy an Option for Family Health? Boiron says 'Yes'

We know it is coming, yes the Flu and Common Cold season. We also know that there are many warnings about treating young children with the current FDA approved decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants so what do we do when they are sick? What do we give them to help them feel more comfortable?

While I was at the TypeA Mom Conference last month, I was talking with many of the companies there and one of the companies was Boiron. Since then, I have been looking over the products that we were all given and have been researching them more and thought I would share some information and questions.

The samples I received

So who is Boiron? Boiron is a world leader in homeopathy so that tells me that they are not some duo making this stuff in their basement. They are best known for the top-selling flu medicine, Oscillococcinum, and its Arnicare line of pain relievers. They state that they "maintain the highest standards in manufacturing, complying with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States and drug Good Manufacturing Practices."

What is Homeopathy? "Homeopathy is a therapeutic method used to help the body rebalance and heal itself. It uses natural substances in micro-doses. Homeopathic medicines are used to treat many conditions, such as allergies, flu-like symptoms, cough and cold, pre-menstrual syndrome, arthritic pain, etc."

The samples we all received included: Children’s Oscillococcinum to nip flu-like symptoms in the bud and Children’s Coldcalm Pellets, a multi-symptom cold reliever. Interestingly, they told me that adults can use these products as well but I am not sure at what doses and frequency. I am actually most interested in the allergy medicine for my husband so I may need to pick some up. And since the products are available at most natural food stores and major retail drug chains such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens, I should be able to find it. If you are interested in trying some, you can get a $1 coupon.

I am a bit apprehensive about trying them on my children before myself and that is only because I am always a bit nervous when I give my children any medicine for the first time and I usually start with half the recommended dose to watch for reaction. But I am a worry-wart. I guess I better go get the Allergy medication for my husband first and take it from there.

Have you tried any of the products? What are your thoughts on homeopathy?

Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post however, I did receive some product samples at the conference as did all the attendees. Luckily, I have yet to use them as we have not been ill (thank goodness!)


Kelly said...

Homeopathy is not like medicine. There are no side effects.
I recommend reading Flat Earth Medicine for more info on how homeopathy works.

I have been using it for 15 years with my family, and we have had amazing results. Especially with the teething tablets.

A few tips:
Don't consume mint (including toothpaste) when you are taking homepathy. It contradicts the effect.

Use a homeopathic doctor for the best results. You can get a remedy made to order.

Jen said...

I have had Boiron's oscillococinum in my cabinet for several years, as it really helped me when I had a flu bug. I discovered their Allium Cepa pellets last fall, and I am here to tell you, they really dry up the mucous! I'm sure different products work for different people, but 5 pellets every few hours, especially during the night, and very little choking/coughing!

I was THRILLED to get samples of the children's products at the Type-A-Mom Conference, and you've inspired me to write a post about the products when I have a few minutes.

The great thing about the allium cepa is that it is red onion, in really small pellets. It won't interact badly with any medications for other symptoms :)

TheFitnessFreak said...

I have been interested in these products. When you do use them let me know if they work. Since I am Raw/Vegan I don't take any medications at all but with cold and flu season coming up I may have to find a natural one that works.

Mommy Niri said...

I have trusted homeopathic for teething in both my girls and actually just tried these on them today.

Sally said...

Homeopathy is not medicine. It's water. Any effect you feel is a placebo effect. Only take it for colds or stuff which isn't important to cure imediately and you just want to feel better.

Dennis said...

Homeopathy is complete and utter bunk, and no well-designed, reproducible study has ever shown any effect beyond the placebo effect. I'd have a look at the QuackWatch article for more detailed information.

Homeopathic "medicine" is essentially some compound dissolved to a point (far, far fewer than 1 part per *billion*) in the hope that the water retain some curative "memory" of the compound to help you. In other words, it's water. Shouldn't hurt you, unless you take it in place of actual medicine when medicine is needed, but won't help you, either.

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