Homeopathy has a rich history in treating and preventing tropical diseases. There are many existing homeopathic clinics in Africa, Central America, and Asia providing treatment and prevention for diseases such as Hepatitis A, Malaria, Dengue fever, Yellow fever, Typhoid, Cholera and more.
Depending on where you are traveling, when you are traveling, your current health status, the length of time you will be gone, and the amount of time you have before you are to travel, it is possible to use homeopathic remedies for disease prevention (described below).
Some of the HP Supervisors are trained and versed in Travel HP. They are identified in our directory by (Travel HP) listed after their name. Your HP supervisor will work with you to determine the best travel protocol based on your actual travel needs.*
2. The CDC has up to date disease incidence rates for all destinations around the world.
As with vaccines, homeopathic prevention must be initiated months prior to the dates of travel so that the immune system has time to respond and develop the appropriate antibodies and immunity. Correspondingly, many other preventative measures will reduce the risk of most diseases. Your HP supervisor will go through all the preventative measures you should be aware of for your travel plans.
3: Two main approaches:
You can either use individual remedies whose symptom picture profile matches that of a particular disease process or the nosode of the disease as described below. In the US nosodes are only available through doctors and some homeopathic practitioners.
Individual remedies targeted to specific diseases i.e. some examples:
- Phosphorus for Hepatitis A
- Eupatorium perfoliatum for Dengue fever
- Crotalus horridus for Yellow fever or Dengue Hemorrhagic fever or severe Cholera
- Baptisia for Typhoid
- Pyrogenium for septic conditions
- Camphora, Cuprum or Veratrum album for Cholera, or Crotalus horidus, or Arsenicum depending on symptom presentation if disease is active.
- Pulsatilla for Measles
Either used individually or in a series prior to exposure. Or, used at point of suspected exposure.
Nosodes for individual diseases based on possible exposure i.e.:
- Malaria nosode for malaria
- Typhoidinum for typhoid
- Yellow fever nosode for Yellow fever
- Dengue fever nosode for Dengue
- Cholera toxin nosode for Cholera
Either used individually or in a series depending on disease incidence.
4: Notes and Word of Caution
Depending on an individual’s susceptibility and the time one has to prepare for a trip, not every disease is preventable, nor is it reasonable to take a multitude of remedies to prevent all possible diseases. Alternatively, the CDC may give the impression that it is no problem to take 8 different vaccines at one time and presto you have automatic immunity to all of those diseases. Truth is, in order to properly stimulate the immune system to each disease the vaccines need to be given one at a time, over time, in a series. Use of multiple vaccines at one time has its own potential of risk. Gulf war syndrome, or years of ill health is common to this methodology of immune system overload from too many vaccines. Correspondingly, too many homeopathic remedies, particularly if those remedies have no relation to an individuals’ susceptibility, while not toxic, have the potential to have a deleterious effect on ones well-being.
One must distinguish between ones fear of disease and the risks of disease and then proceed with a moderate course of prevention, depending on ones travel plans and the reality of disease exposure. Confidence in ones own level of health for being able to cope with acute disease is key to any decision one makes with regards to travel plans and disease prevention.