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Homeopathic Remedies for Enterovirus 68

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

September 11th, 2014  |  42 Comments

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Enterovirus 68

In case you haven’t heard, the new media medical scare for children this season is Enterovirus 68. Yikes! The added number makes it sound so official and daunting.

But remember, folks, you have homeopathy in your court and a kit in your medicine cabinet.

This doesn’t mean you’d never take a child to a hospital if the illness is serious enough, but let’s see if we can avoid such an excursion.

Here are my thoughts on how I’d treat this illness if it came to my family.

Meanwhile, I hope pediatricians are not suggesting Tylenol. In some studies, acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) has been linked to asthma. Hardly a good plan for an ailment with respiratory issues.

But it’s an unfortunate reality that many doctors don’t stay current on studies, so it’s up to the parents to do this.

The Nutrition.

Because this virus so far has attacked only children, let’s start with how to protect a child before a respiratory illness might occur. As usual, we begin with bone stocks…and lots of them.

That means stock with every dinner, soup for lunches and using bone stocks as the base when you cook beans, rice, stews and even oatmeal. This offers a boost to the immune system and aids in inflammatory conditions, particularly of the lungs.

A new book that will be available on Amazon around Sept 30, Sally Fallon Morell and Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel will be the ultimate go-to source of the scientific reasons for employing a daily broth. (More on this subject in future blogs.)

Leading Up to the Virus

Even without familiarity with this particular virus, it’s not difficult to use what we already know from more than 200 years of clinical experience in homeopathy.

For certain, for extra-prone children before a respiratory illness strikes, a good remedy to employ is Calcarea carbonica 30C, as a daily immune booster. The alternative is Calcarea carbonica 200C every other day. I hesitate to use the words immune booster because I don’t want you to think of this as homeopathy’s role.

Remember, homeopathy is medicine, not supplements or such. Yet in this particular situation, Calc carb can indeed be a powerful ally for immunity for certain children. This method can be employed for many months but use it only for those members of your family who are susceptible to colds and with lowered immunity, not for those who have a respectable ability to fend off infections.

I have always used Calc carb for immunity, but it wasn’t until I worked with Drs. Banerji in Calcutta that I began employing this little trick. In Calcutta, the Banerjis and their senior doctors use this method for their patients who are particularly susceptible to immunity-attacking viruses and bacteria. Ever since I’ve been teaching this method to my clients and students.

Next, let’s look at what I would employ if my children were still young, and this respiratory illness visited our home. At this writing, no child has died from Enterovirus 68, so the first thing to do is relax.

It’s logical that the most vulnerable children are those who have a history of having suffered from asthma, bronchitis and reactive airway disease in the past.

If this is the case, the first thing to do is to get started on an asthma remedy to root out the illness. Homeopathy has a reputation for being able to do this.

I won’t go into how to cover this chronic disease here, but I’ll share that I used to suffer from asthma nearly nightly for years until my homeopath cured me of it within a few short months. And it has not returned in more than 23 years, despite what a doctor predicted.

I don’t blame him. He simply didn’t know how to cure asthma as my homeopath did.

The Remedies If the Virus Is Occurring

Because wheezing is the most significant aspect of Enterovirus 68, a homeopathic specific to that symptom must be chosen.

Kali iodatum 6C is my pick for a wheezing condition. And I’d administered it every 3 hours during a crisis. If a dry cough accompanies this, I’d consider Ipecacuanha 30C every 3 hours as well. And as usual in an acute illness, the remedies should be stopped once improvement is well established. This might be a day or so up to many days.

These are my go-to medicines for not only this particular virus but also for wheezing and/or this specific type of coughing under nearly any condition.

Unlike modern medicine’s goal of suppressing symptoms, the purpose of the homeopathic is not to cover up but to root out the illness using the symptom of wheezing or coughing as an indicator for the remedy choice.

The quintessential essentials for any household medicine chest:

Calcarea carbonica 200C, Calcarea Carbonica 30C, Kali iodatum 6C and Ipecacuanha 30C. These are remedies I would not do without in my medicine chest this season.



Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

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42 thoughts on “Homeopathic Remedies for Enterovirus 68”

  1. Mary says:

    Hi Joette!

    I was just wondering about this. Thank you so much for posting such a timely note.

  2. Michelle says:

    hi Joette,

    Thanks for posting this. Coincidentally a pot of chicken broth is simmering on my stove right now. I still need to get my hands on the remedies, but I feel more confident knowing what to do in case the virus strikes my family. Thanks so much for your continuing work in sharing the wonderful healing powers of homeopathy.

  3. Emily P says:

    Hi Joette! I love your blog! I have a question: would calcarea carbonic a or kali iodatum be ideal for a wheezibg asthmatic spell?

  4. Cathy says:

    My husband is just getting over this. The fever, body aches, wheezing and dry cough tipped us that this was something different than just a cold. Thank goodness for my homeopathic kit I had ordered from you, Joette! We had some trial and error but the homeopathics finally came shining though. We just worked on each symptom as it was noticed and finally got the right combination. Thanks for the confidence to know we could rout this virus without the doctor!

  5. HayLee says:

    Thank you for posting this! I believe my entire family has been struck with this. We were able to get past the tough stages with difficulty breathing with herbs and homeopathy, but it’s been over a week now and myself (pregnant) and my two yr old daughter still have terrible coughs. We have a tickle in our throat without being able to get out much mucus, and some crackling upon breathing as well as a post nasal drip. I have tried several remedies and nothing seems to have gotten rid if it. Like I said, we are going in almost two weeks. Any recommendations?

  6. Ginny says:

    Hi and thanks for all of the great info! I was just wondering if you have some information on your site about the asthma remedy?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      not yet.

  7. Karen says:

    Very timely. My 3 girls (ages 8,6,4) and I all have colds, with 2 younger kids having coughs. My oldest girl and I have asthma. Can’t wait to hear how your homeopath resolved your asthma! I hope it’ll be soon.

  8. NoAdditves says:

    Can you cite the studies linking acetaminophen to asthma? I’ve seen the potential link from extended use during pregnancy, but nothing regarding post-natal use.

    1. NoAdditves says:

      Actually, I did find studies that corroborate this link, but as in all studies that simply analyze data, correlation does not equal causation. One recent study from Harvard examined the the link further to incorporate data regarding the diagnosis of bronchitis/pneumonia/other respiratory illnesses. While this need further study, it’s entirely likely that the acetaminophen didn’t actually cause the asthma, but that underlying respiratory illnesses did.

  9. Jennie says:

    Hi Joette, after reading about calc carb in your info about college kids the other day, I wanted to get some for my daughter and grandson (7) who tend to get sick frequently and usually have respiratory symptoms. I asked my homeopath for some yesterday and she explained that it’s a constitutional and therefore only good for people with the right constitution. I’m confused, or is this where classical homeopathy vs. banerji protocols comes into play or clashes? I’m hoping you can set me straight on this as I’d like to get some for my daughter and grandson if it’s going to help them avoid getting sick as often. Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Calc carb is indeed a constitutional remedy, but like certain remedies (called polycrests) it has many uses other than just constitutional. The Drs. Banerji have found that this is a medicine that is useful for someone who is prone to colds, etc. Certainly, every materia medica tells us that.

  10. amanda says:


    concerning the two remedies that are to be taken every 3 hours; would they be taken together, or at different times, three hours apart. And if they are to be taken at different times, how far apart between the two?


    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Every 3 hours means that each remedy is taken every 3 hours and most remedies are best taken apart by about 15 minutes or more.

      1. Sandy V says:

        I’ve always wondered that. Thank you for clarifying!

  11. Kim says:

    Thank you for another timely post! We might be dealing with this is my home right now. I’ve been using essential oils, but would like to switch to these suggestions. How long a gap do we need between using essential oils and homeopathics to not render the remedies ineffective?


    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      It’s hard to answer that question because it depends on how much oil you use, which one you’re using and how susceptible the person is to it. You’ll learn as you grow in experience . I recently wrote an article on this subject about a week ago. Take a look at my last few blogs and my take on using essential oils and herbs.

  12. Kristan says:

    Thank you for the information! As a teacher I have been worrying about bringing this virus home to my toddler. Are these remedies safe to use on a 15 month old child?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I have used homeopathic remedies at births for newborns and pregnant women as well as for the elderly. That’s the point. Homeopathy is safe as long as its used properly.

  13. udai nath zutshi says:

    Dear ma’am ,
    I am amazed of whay you have prescibed here . In India every 3rd child is becoming asthamatic and the allopath doctors just give cough syrup which has Asthalline /Salbutamol in it + they also ask to take spoonful of Deriphylline to prevent the cough which they term as allergic cough. In such cases the child unknowingly is turning into a permanent asthamatic.
    Thanks , I shall now give them the homeopathy medicine prescribed here for them
    Udai Nath Zutshi

  14. udai nath zutshi says:

    can you suggest something for a paitent of diabetic( non- insulin) who is suffering fron low mental alertness,low energy, always get tired even with a little exertion ,always is sleepy .He is an adult male of 60 yrs ,also suffering with Rheumatic Arthrits,High BP & High cholestrol. He also has a trigger finger in right hand.
    Udai Nath Zutshi

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I’m afraid this is not the forum for taking a case. Should you be interested in working with me, feel free to contact my office 716.941.1045 9-5 EST M-S.

  15. Myriah says:

    Can I use this protocol on a 7 month old?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      All ages. Homeopathy is for newborns to the elderly, Pets, livestock, etc.

  16. Carola says:

    Hi Joette,
    What an empowering article! Love being empowered myself and not having to feel afraid or rely on a system that all too often (especially for me) completely fails those who seek its help. Thank you!

  17. Susan says:

    will this remedy be as effective if putting it into a gtube as opposed to taking it orally??
    thank you

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I have no experience with a Gtube and remedies.

  18. Debbie says:

    Hi Joette, I have been taking pulsatilla 30c for about a week for “tennis elbow.” Although I see a bit of improvement, it has not been an instant cure. How long should I hang in there? Could it be possible that I will need this remedy for several weeks? I’ve had the impression that homeopathic remedies worked pretty quickly. I also tried arsenica Montana, calc carb and rhus tox all at 30c. None of them seemed to help so the pulsatilla is the last remedy I found for this condition.
    Do you have any suggestions? Thanks. I appreciate your work.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Pulsatilla for tennis elbow? It wouldn’t be the choice I’d make. I don’t take cases on this blog, but whatever you decide to use, when it comes to a chronic malady, sometimes it takes weeks. Read my article on plantar fasciitis. It may be useful to you.

  19. Marzena says:

    Is this a good remedy for adults as well? I have chronic sinus problems and bronchitis so trying to be proactive and protect myself and my 2 little ones.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The same Homeopathic remedies are used for all ages.

  20. Mina says:

    Wonderful! Thanks!

  21. Rani says:

    Hi Joette,
    I have Cal carb 30c at home , just wondering how many pellets a day should I administer to a 9 yr old for boosting immunity?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The number of pellets that equals a dose is written on the bottle and whether for a child or adult, its about the same.

  22. JC says:

    We have a praise Joette and a story to tell. I arrived home today with an email from my sister. A friend of hers has four children and three have severe asthma. Following is her joy report after having read this post I sent out to those I know have asthma & her immediate need: Praising God for his goodness even in homeopathy:
    Thought I’d share this with you from my friend dealing with a cough and kids with asthma!

    Oh my goodness. I have to tell you. I went to see if I could get the homeopathic stuff in the email you sent. It works!!! I doled it out in the parking lot while still there even. I took some too because of the cough I’ve had. I could see Isaac melting in the back seat. Relaxing. And my own chest is feeling soooooo much better. I was coughing to the point I couldn’t talk to the lady trying to help me. We all took three different kinds. And says to take again as symptoms worsen. I’m just so thankful. We were up till 2:00 last night and up to check on him after that. Think we may have a better night tonight.
    The end~

  23. Gloria says:

    I have to share that I used a homeopathic remedy called Cold bee gone and I love it. You swab it with a Q-tip inside your nose. Used it on all three kids and worked fantastic. One ran a fever for two days and the other two were spared. For me it was the best of both world, homeopathy for existing illness and using honey to prevent. I love this article. I love feeling in control of my family’s health.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Being unfamiliar with Cold Bee Gone, I searched it and it looks like a good little product. The homeopathic remedy choices are correct and manuka honey and essential oils are a nice touch. On behalf of my readers, thanks for the tip!

      Pls spread the word and offer my blog to friends, family and neighbors.

  24. Sweet T says:

    Very happy to be learning more. Good stuff here. There has been a death now and others are paralyzed. I see that enterorvirus is in the polio family. How would you change your course?

  25. April says:

    Hi Joette,
    My boys (10 and 7) are prone to respiratory illnesses every year, respiratory always hits them the hardest. You have me on Calc. Carb 200 every 3 days for immunity, and I have been wondering if this would be a good remedy for them as well. Then I get on Facebook and see this article! So my question is, how long would you give the calc carb as a preventative and “immune booster”? Is this an ongoing thing?
    Thanks! April

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Calc carb is not used as an immune booster unless there is an immune problem. One respiratory illness per year for a child is not an immunity concern.

  26. Sachin says:

    Thanks a lot for the tons of knowledge

    Just wanted to know about low testosterone, have read your article and auarum mettalicum , but confused as none of the you tube video and other doc articles recommends it for low T…. please review n suggest

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Other homeopaths may not know of its use for low testosterone.

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