Should I Take The Homeopathic Remedy Oscillococcinum (Oscillo) For The Flu?

Dr. Owen Hendley answers the question: Oscillococcinum (Oscillo) For The Flu?'

ByJ. Owen Hendley, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Virginia School of Medicine
September 25, 2008, 11:17 AM

— -- Question: Should I take the homeopathic remedy oscillococcinum for the flu?

Answer: This remedy is one of the homeopathic remedies in which the active ingredient is diluted to a very, such that there's a very small amount of the active ingredient left. So as far as I'm able to tell, taking this homeopathic remedy would be probably equivalent to drinking water.

And drinking water is okay. That's a good way to keep yourself hydrated while you have a viral infection, but to my knowledge there's no clear evidence of benefit from this. However, if you think it makes you feel better, I'm not opposed to your using it because water is good.

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