A 64-year-old junior practitioner developed a sore throat and low fever the evening of 17 October 2015 despite the fact that he had been taking preventive doses of the following “winter remedy” to prevent flu and chest infections since 1 October:
CC9.2 Infections acute + CC10.1 Emergencies + CC12.1 Adult tonic + CC15.1 Mental & Emotional tonic + CC19.1 Chest tonic + CC19.3 Chest infections chronic + CC19.5 Sinusitis + CC19.6 Cough chronic + CC19.7 Throat chronic…OD
He increased the dosage and took the remedy twice that evening and then 6TD from the next day on. At the same time he started taking over-the-counter (OTC) medicines - Paracetamol for fever and Lemsip for cold & flu symptoms. By day 5, he was feeling much better (about 50%). By day 10, he was feeling 90% better although he still had some lingering mild congestion and an occasional cough. He stopped taking the OTC medications and reduced the dosage of the above combo to OD.
However, on 22 November 2015 the practitioner got a mild sore throat again. He immediately increased the dosage to 6TD. The next day, he was stable. But on the second day, he developed flu-like symptoms including a severe cough that prevented him from sleeping well, so he again added Lemsip QDS. The winter remedy was not clearing the symptoms although it seemed to prevent the condition from getting worse. He was feeling lethargic and had little appetite.
On 4 December 2015 he consulted his doctor who ordered some tests and told him to continue with the Lemsip and return if he got worse. The next day he did feel worse and started to discharge small amount of blood in the phlegm. During a return visit to the doctor on 7 December, the doctor could find no evidence of a chest or throat infection but prescribed an antibiotic (Amoxicillin) to help quell the cough and sinus congestion. His cough improved by 50% after 3 days and he felt little more energetic. But his bleeding from the cough was on the increase. On 14 December, his doctor diagnosed a viral infection as the most likely cause.
A senior practitioner02802…UK prepared a nosode at 1M potency from a sample of his phlegm. He started taking this on 15 December. He stopped all other treatment and took the nosode twice that day. By the next day he felt 25% better. He continued taking the nosode QDS and improved rapidly. He was 50% better by day 2 and 90% better after 5 days with the blood discharge stopping completely.
He continued taking the nosode QDS up to 31 December 2015 when he was 99% better. He then reduced the dosage to BD with plans to taper off to OD on 15 January and stop on 29 January 2016.