As soon as our body realizes that it is under a viral (influenza) attack it produces large amounts of mucous to trap the virus at the entry point (respiratory system). It then expresses irritation in the form of cough and sneezing, an attempt to expel the virus. Fever is a hyperactive state of functioning (Inflammation). The body raises the temperature because at raised temperatures our metabolic activity is faster. High temperatures also curbs the activity of the virus as it requires lowered temperatures to breed. We feel more sleepy and weak because our body does not want to waste precious energy in physical activity. If there is loss of appetite, it’s in the nature of body to tell us to go slow on what we eat…the process of digestion takes up a lot of energy and this our body wishes to conserve so that it can concentrate on fighting the invasion. In most acute viral infections adequate rest, fasting or light easily digested food and drinking plenty of luke warm water itself suffices to aid quick recovery.
All actions of the body are only to protect our being, increase immunity and evolve. These actions may be seen in the form of discharges through natural outlets like diarrhea, sweat, mucus through nose, at times vomiting. If we understand this, then we will refrain from taking drugs that are anti-diarrhea, antipyretic, anti-perspiring (read deodorant), cough and nasal discharge suppressant, anti-vomit etc.
At times your body due to repeated onslaught of viral attack and continued or repetitive use of suppressant medication result in weakened immunity, thus needing additional stimulus in the form of correct homoeopathic remedy or other holistic medicinal intervention.
The yardstick to decide to take an immunity stimulating remedy in most acute illness is to wait for 3 days in cases of fever, diarrhea, influenza…if day two you are better than day one or day two is status quo and day 3 is better than day 2, it is a sign that you body is picking up on its own. Look out for vital signs like return of appetite, energy, interest in work as sign of recovery.
So, listen to your body speak…