As most of you will have noticed this is a particularly bad cold and flu season. While most people have not been severely ill with the current viruses, coughing, sore throats, swollen lymphatic glands and muscular aches and headaches appear to be the main symptoms.

We would like to remind our patients that these cold and flu viruses spread very easily, by tiny droplets coughed or sneezed into the air and onto hands and surfaces. The virus may then remain alive for some time. It is important to try to minimise the spread of disease by covering coughing and sneezing, disposing of tissues, washing hands frequently and avoiding touching your eyes, mouth or nose unless hands are clean and then washing again.

But if you do catch a cold here are some helpful hints!

To give your body its best chance of recovery, nothing beats REST! This helps your immune system to fight the virus, also warmth, nourishing and easy to digest food (soups are good), warm soothing teas (honey and lemon is an oldy but a goody). A heat wheat and a warm bath or shower can help with muscle aches.

Soldiering on and exposing others to your virus (such as your co workers, friends and family) and then making them sick is not appreciated by those subsequently infected!

If you do become ill and feel that you need help with your symptoms, please make an appointment with one of our Practitioners. They can then investigate your particular symptoms and tailor a treatment and give advice, acupuncture and/or herbal medicine and herbal teas that can help ease the symptoms and assist with recovery. We have face masks in the clinic to reduce the risk of infection, please ask for one if you require one.