You may already know that many over-the-counter cold and flu medications contain synthetic chemicals. These chemicals may dampen your system, make you drowsy, cause jitters, or have potentially harmful side effects for children or people with certain medical conditions. But what about homeopathic medications like Oscillococcinum? Is it really made from duck heart and liver? Does it have any side effects? Explore what Oscillococcinum is and how it compares to other non-prescription homeopathic medications like Brillia Health products.Unlike many over-the-counter cold and flu medications that simply mask illness or provide a placebo effect, Brillia Health products effectively address the root cause of symptoms for faster relief without any harmful side effects. Brillia Health products are so safe that prescriptions are not necessary and the medication is also approved for children. (Cold-Flu Recovery is approved for anyone over age one, while Cough Control is recommended for anyone over age three.)Instead of masking symptoms, relying on insufficient evidence, or subjecting your body to unknown side effects, rely on Brillia Health products to reduce cold and flu symptoms and restore your immune health. Working with your body to address the root cause of symptoms, these products will safely provide relief without impacting any other systems in the body. For a more effective homeopathic option than common OTC medications for cold, flu, and cough, explore Brillia Health products today. Find out more about how Brillia Health works. Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a certificate in Narrative Therapy. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health, and VICE.
What Is Oscillococcinum?Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic medicine used to temporarily treat flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, chills, fever, and fatigue. It is said to shorten the duration of illness when it is taken at the first sign of symptoms, though there are mixed results in clinical studies.1 The medication consists of small pellets that should be held under the tongue until dissolved.
Oscillococcinum IngredientsThe active ingredient in Oscillococcinum is Anas barbariae 200CK, which is made from the heart and liver of wild duck. This heart and liver extract is heavily diluted with water and alcohol, 200 times of a 1 percent solution to be exact.2 Some people have likened Oscillococcinum to a mere sugar pill because of the insufficient evidence around its efficacy.3 A 2015 review of six studies showed no significant difference between Oscillococcinum and a placebo in the prevention of influenza.4 And a more positive study showed that the medication only reduced illness duration by seven hours.5 By comparison, clinical studies have verified the efficacy and safety of Brillia Health products, which use antibodies as their active ingredients in groundbreaking homeopathic formulations.
How to Take Oscillococcinum, Dosage, & Side EffectsThe makers of Oscillococcinum do not recommend their product for children under the age of two. For those interested in taking this medication, they should adhere to the recommended dosage indicated on the label. Side effects that may occur include:
- Angioedema, an allergic reaction characterized by swelling under the skin6
The Brillia Health StoryBrillia Health offers safe and targeted results for common illnesses like flus, coughs, and colds. Our homeopathic formulations use groundbreaking antibody science to effectively shorten the duration of illness while reducing symptoms like congestion, cough, body aches, and sore throat, without harsh chemicals, animal byproducts, or harmful side effects.
How Brillia Health WorksWhen we are sick with a virus or subjected to allergens we are particularly sensitive to, our body releases proteins that attach to enzymes and instigate a variety of symptoms, from coughing and congestion to body aches. Brillia Health products contain antibodies, which are highly specific molecules that attach to these proteins so that they cannot attach to their targeted enzymes, gently and effectively stopping this instigation of symptoms altogether. Both of our products, Cold-Flu Recovery and Cough Control, are designed to reduce cold, flu, and cough severity as well as shorten the duration of illness as verified in numerous clinical studies.
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Brillia Health IngredientsThe active ingredients in Brillia Health products are targeted antibodies, which attach directly to the proteins your body releases when responding to a virus or allergen, without affecting any other systems of the body. The antibodies in Cold-Flu Recovery are Lapine Histamine immune globulin, Lapine CD4 immune globulin, and Lapine interferon gamma immune globulin. The antibodies in Cough Control are Lapine Histamine immune globulin, Lapine Bradykinin immune globulin, and Lapine Morphine immune globulin. Find out more about the specific function of these antibodies below. The ingredients in Cold-Flu Recovery are:
- Lapine Histamine immune globulin: The Cold-Flu Recovery formulation uses this antibody to histamine to reduce congestion and sore, itchy throat.
- Lapine CD4 immune globulin: This antibody targets immune cells, helping them to fight off viral infections faster and more effectively.
- Lapine interferon gamma immune globulin: This antibody recruits more immune cells to shorten the duration of illness more efficiently.
- Lapine Histamine immune globulin: Like the Cold-Flu Recovery product, Cough Control also uses this antibody to target histamines and reduce symptoms like sore throat, wet cough, and fluid buildup in lungs.
- Lapine Bradykinin immune globulin: This antibody binds to bradykinin to reduce the coughing reflex.
- Lapine Morphine immune globulin: Not to be confused with the narcotic morphine, this antibody functions by blocking pain signals to the brain and reducing the overall stress that coughing places on the body.
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