Oscillococcinum - Safe Homeopathic Remedy for Influenza


Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy for influenza-like symptoms.

It was claimed that Oscillococcinum may help to reduce the duration and severity of fever and body aches.

Oscillococcinum (o-sill-o-cox-see-num) is natural and easy to take.

It was discovered in 1925 by a French physician Joseph Roy (1891-1978).

Now Oscillococcinum is used in more than 50 countries worldwide, and is produced by a French company Boiron.

Ingredients of Boiron Oscillococcinum

  • Active Ingredients: Anas Barbariae Hepatis Et Cordis Extractum 200 CK HPUS
  • Inactive Ingredients: Sucrose, Lactose

How does Oscillococcinum work?

Oscillococcinum Oscillococcinum stimulates your body’s own defenses. It is a good first line defense and should be taken at the first sign of flu, when your body has more resources to react.

Is Boiron Oscillococcinum safe?

Oscillococcinum has been proven to be safe. There are no known contraindications, side effects or drug interaction. It can be used with any existing medical condition or medication. Therefore, it is also an excellent choice for children.

Oscillococcinum dose

Oscillococcinum and Pregnancy

It is absolutely safe to use Boiron oscillococcinum during pregnancy.  There are no harmful ingredients, and it definitely doesn’t affect your growing baby’s health.

How to use Oscillococcinum?

Adults and children 2 years and over: Dissolve entire contents of one tube in the mouth every 6 hours, up to 3 times a day. 


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  1. elena
    November 21st, 2007| 7:55 pm

    can i take this medicine while being 26 weeks pregnant?

    thank you.

  2. Elina
    November 21st, 2007| 8:40 pm

    Yes, it is safe in pregnancy.

  3. Iris
    December 18th, 2009| 12:02 am

    Please tell me what this is: Anas Barbariae Hepatis Et Cordis Extractum 200 CK HPUS

  4. Rita
    December 3rd, 2010| 12:23 am

    What are these extracts how are they obtained and or extracted

  5. Sherrill Polk
    January 17th, 2011| 11:42 pm

    I would also like to know what these extracts are and how are the obtained. Please advise.

    Thank you,

  6. Cat's Staff
    March 3rd, 2011| 10:28 pm

    How is it obtained? 1 unlucky duck is involved. Certain parts of the duck are pulverized and diluted many times beyond anyones ability to find a single molecule of the original (because it’s not there anymore) and then the diluted water is dropped on to sugar pills, they are put in boxes and people buy the sugar pills for 100’s of times what they are worth.

    By the way, taking it for cold like symptoms is one thing (it won’t help one bit, but it doesn’t matter). Recommending people take it for influenza should be criminal. People die of influenza.

    From Quackwatch

    Oscillococcinum, a 200C product “for the relief of colds and flu-like symptoms,” involves “dilutions” that are even more far-fetched. Its “active ingredient” is prepared by incubating small amounts of a freshly killed duck’s liver and heart for 40 days. The resultant solution is then filtered, freeze-dried, rehydrated, repeatedly diluted, and impregnated into sugar granules. If a single molecule of the duck’s heart or liver were to survive the dilution, its concentration would be 1 in 100200. This huge number, which has 400 zeroes, is vastly greater than the estimated number of molecules in the universe (about one googol, which is a 1 followed by 100 zeroes). In its February 17, 1997, issue, U.S. News & World Report noted that only one duck per year is needed to manufacture the product, which had total sales of $20 million in 1996. The magazine dubbed that unlucky bird “the $20-million duck.”

    Actually, the laws of chemistry state that there is a limit to the dilution that can be made without losing the original substance altogether. This limit, which is related to Avogadro’s number, corresponds to homeopathic potencies of 12C or 24X (1 part in 1024). Hahnemann himself realized that there is virtually no chance that even one molecule of original substance would remain after extreme dilutions. But he believed that the vigorous shaking or pulverizing with each step of dilution leaves behind a “spirit-like” essence—”no longer perceptible to the senses”—which cures by reviving the body’s “vital force.” Modern proponents assert that even when the last molecule is gone, a “memory” of the substance is retained. This notion is unsubstantiated. Moreover, if it were true, every substance encountered by a molecule of water might imprint an “essence” that could exert powerful (and unpredictable) medicinal effects when ingested by a person.

  7. Cat's Staff
    March 6th, 2011| 7:08 am

    That Quackwatch link didn’t work right for some reason.

  8. Cat's Staff
    March 6th, 2011| 7:09 am

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