Its hard not to freak out with the news of this hemorrhagic fever spreading from West Africa to various spots around the globe, and it seemed just a matter of time before it reached the US. Positive results first in Texas, and now New York, have provoked some real fear, though we all know Ebola is not an airborne illness (we all know this, right??), Well, in NYC we live right on top of one another.

Homeopathy has a few resources in its back pocket that may be able to help boost resistance to, and even move one through, hemorrhagic fevers. Infection with Ebola virus starts with seemingly regular flu-like symptoms: fever, body aches, vomiting and diarrhea; in cases that progress, bleeding of internal organs follows. Professionals in all walks of the medical world are still coming to terms with the best ways to treat the virus and its outbreaks, and while homeopathy hasn’t yet had proven contact with the present outbreaks in Africa (though a team of four homeopaths landed in Liberia just two days ago!), we have had success treating disease pictures that are very similar. And there are a number of remedies, listed below, that have been successfully employed for other hemorrhagic fever diseases such as Cholera, Malaria and Typhoid. This suggests that these remedies, historically used to treat these diseases, would also helpful against Ebola.

It’s been mentioned in the homeopathic community that taking a dose of Crotalus Horridus 30c daily in the occurrence and region of an outbreak can be helpful in boosting immune response toward this virus. As homeopathy relies on the entire symptom picture of the diseases to select the correct remedy, these pictures vary slightly and no one remedy has been named as of yet as the ‘Ebola remedy’. Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to discuss these various symptom pictures and what they might look like. (The hemorrhagic fever remedies I would suggest having on hand are Crotalus Horridus, Phosphorus, Mercurius Corrosivus, Bothrops, Lachesis, Nitric Acid and China.)

BUT, to my second point and an equal inspiration for this post, FEAR: it is important to understand the ways in which Ebola is transmitted – that it is contracted through bodily fluids only. (You can read all the symptoms and contagion periods on Ebola’s Wikipedia page).  I recently read an article in Think Progress, entitled 4 Pieces of Good News About Ebola that Have Gotten Lost in the Hysteria. This is no longer breaking news, but it’s essential that we keep these storylines of hope in mind. The point that stood out most to me was that Senegal and Nigeria have both contained and beaten Ebola outbreaks, primarily by being prepared and having adequate healthcare facilities in place.

Here’s to all the professionals risking their lives in service of a similar outcome in West Africa today.