Is Everyone Around You Sick?

It takes 48 hours for a cold to appear so you may already be sick!

  • A virus will usually incubate in the lining of the nose or throat for a couple days before symptoms begin to appear (during this time you are at your most contagious!)
  • So when the symptoms do start, you must act straight away.

What to do…..

  • Make an appointment ASAP:
  • Acupuncture, Naturopathy and herbal medicine when applied in the early stages can reduce the severity and duration of a cold.
  • Try a session in the Salt Therapy Rooms.Salt Therapy makes use of the natural healing properties in salt to improve breathing, reduce congestion and relieve symptoms of respiratory and skin conditions.

In the mean time:

  • Drink plenty of water, warm drinks are better. Hot water with Manuka honey and fresh slices of ginger.
  • Avoid the cold! This includes cold/raw foods and cold drinks.
  • Rug up! Ensuring that you are covering up your chest and the nape of your neck.
  • REST! It can reduce the duration of sickness by up to 50%.

Immune Juice This juice provides an excellent combination of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which may help to support your wellbeing and assist in keeping you healthy. Try to have at room temperature not straight out of the fridge cold. Method ½ to 1 inch piece of ginger ½ lemon 2 apples 2 carrots 1 fresh beetroot Process in a juicer or blender and drink fresh for maximum benefit. Take a look at one of these treatments used in TCM traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture appointments Click to watch the video on Gua Sha. This form of treatment can be used for a wide variety of ailments. It can be used to strengthen the immune system and potentially reduce the severity of cold symptoms and duration. Guameans scraping or to scrape, and sha is the term used for the millet-like redness that may come up during or after treatment. It’s the instrument used that is called a gua sha. It may be used on its own as a treatment, or in conjunction with a massage. It is otherwise known as ‘spooning’. How does it work? The gua sha is used to increase oxygen to the area and stimulate the circulation. The buffalo horn has cold properties according to Chinese medicine and, therefore, it is effective in dispelling heat factors from the body.


  • DR OZ click here for his view
  • Pain Medicine click here to see the results of a Gua Sha trial in people with neck pain.

The good news is that gua sha treatment isn’t painful at all. The red, millet-like colour of the skin is simply heat and toxins coming to the surface. So why not give a gua sha treatment a try before you catch that cold going around. Not only will you get the benefits of a traditional massage, or TCM treatment such as blissful relaxation, but releasing toxins from your system may prevent you from becoming sick and pain may be reduced. Prevention is better than cure! Find out more about how we can help you. Email to find out when our next Immune workshops are.