Anas Barbariae is a commonly recommended homeopathic treatment for the prevention of flu symptoms



  • Flu (influenza) and H1N1 (swine) flu. There is no reliable evidence that taking Anas Barbariae can prevent the flu. However, in people with flu symptoms, there is some evidence that Anas Barbariae might help people get over the flu faster, but only by 6 or 7 hours. This may not be of much importance. The reliability of this finding is also questionable due to flaws in the study design. More evidence is needed to rate Anas Barbariae for this use.


  • Anas Barbariae is a homeopathic product. Homeopathy is a system of medicine established in the 19th century by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann.
  • Its basic principles are that “like treats like” and “potentiation through dilution.” For example, in homeopathy, influenza would be treated with an extreme dilution of a substance that normally causes influenza when taken in high doses.
  • A French physician discovered oscillococcinum while investigating the Spanish flu in 1917. But he was mistaken that his “oscillococci” were the cause of the flu.


  • Anas Barbariae seems to be safe. This is a homeopathic preparation. This means that it does not contain any active ingredient. Most experts believe that it will have no beneficial effect and also no negative side effects.


None are recorded.

Other names

Anas moschata, Avian Heart and Liver, Avian Liver Extract, Cairina moschata, Canard de Barbarie, Duck Liver Extract, Extrait de Foie de Canard, Muscovy Duck, Oscillo, Oscillococcinum (brand name)


Source: WebMD,



  1. Walter

    Currently using the Boiron product, Oscillo via vial of small particles–200ck HPUS. While the object therapy is the flu or a common cold… I am 64 years of age. About 6-7 years ago, I began experiencing generalized “pain.” Persons may have described it as fibromyalgia, somatic expression of anxiety or depression. On M.D. simply said, “You are getting older and expect aches and pains?”

    Recently, my symptoms expressed further as fatigue, debilitating neck pain as if “somehow” my neck muscles were contracting as if “a cloth were being wrung out?” My physical experience was to just vegetate in a recliner. I had not just low motivation, I realize I was nearly at “no motivation” to get out of the chair and do “anything.”

    I was in fear of losing my “health?” Rationally, I thought, “I just need to get down to the gym and exercise, and I will feel better?” However, my determination that I would do so “tomorrow” was being doused by debilitating, pain and fatigue.

    Browsing the HPUS products in my local grocer, I read the “issues” Oscillo was supposed to “relieve.” I decided to try it–BINGO! This past Friday 7-7-2017, I tried it first thing in the morning. Within 30 minutes, I “felt” a significant difference–more energy, motivation and I thought to myself, “I haven’t felt this good in 10 years!!” Continuing to use one dose each morning, today is 7-12-2017, I am sleeping better, wake up with a noticeably less foggy mind and I am thrilled.

    I also may drink 3 cups of coffee on a given day, a continuing practice and not new to my daily course of activity. I wonder if anyone else has used Oscillo just for the experience of pain relief? I do not know if extended and regular use brings adverse effects??

    Any reply is welcome.

  2. Jean

    Very interesting ! I have had serious pain in my upper arms every morning for seven months. I have tried several solutions (chiropractor, therapeutic massage, etc.) ;although the pain seemed to be less severe, it didn’t go away.
    This week I took the homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum because I was traveling and felt a sinus infection starting. It was the only remedy I had with me. I took it for three days . The pain is almost completely gone. I found your information while researching if it is possible the Oscillococcinum could have been the reason for pain relief.

  3. Cindy Sym

    Regards Oscillococcinum, someone told me about this when a child of mine had flu. My family has been using it for the flu for at least 11 years. I know without a doubt that our symptoms and duration (yes, just like the box says) are lessened symptoms and a shorter “flu.” I said this based on self and when I’ve had the flu and not taken this product. I have had the flu since ever taking this, and did not have it on hand therefore, I feel confident that I can successfully say it does shorten and lessen symptoms.
    Love it!
    And the folks above mentioned using it for pain relief… hmmm, I have chronic back issues. May try it.
    THanks Boiron!

  4. Patti Cardoso

    I have used the product for more than 10 years. I’ve given the product to my children and grandchildren whenever they have an upset stomach or flu symptoms. We typically have found some relief from our symptoms in about 30 min. I’ve read the information about the many dilutions not providing sufficient substance to do anything, but having consumed this product for years I can only say I love this product. We always buy the 30-dose box as it is the most cost-effective.

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