The recent edition of Alternative and Complementary Therapies features a Natural Standard evidence-based review of Oscillococcinum®.
Oscillococcinum® (Anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum 200CK HPUS) is a patented homeopathic preparation manufactured by a French-based company (Boiron Laboratories), marketed and widely used for the treatment and prevention of flu symptoms. It is a preparation of wild duck offal (heart and liver) that has undergone multiple dilutions, after which there are no actual molecules of the original duck tissues in the final product.
The review article provides systematic analyses of scientific literature, expert opinion, folkloric precedent, history, pharmacology, kinetics/dynamics, interactions, adverse effects, toxicology and dosing information.
In available clinical trials, Oscillococcinum® has been shown to reduce the severity and shorten the duration of flu symptoms within a few days. However, despite its modest effects for the treatment of flu, Oscillococcinum® is still lacking a plausible mechanism of action. Additional studies are warranted to evaluate its potential preventative effects.
For more information about Oscillococcinum®, please visit Natural Standard's Foods, Herbs & Supplements database.