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Male Fertility

Male sub-fertility is more common than you think, in 40% of couples that are trying to conceive male fertility issues are the main problem, yet apart from assisted reproduction technology there are limited options from a western medicine prospective.

There is growing evidence that acupuncture and lifestyle changes can improve sperm parameters and therefor play a positive role in improving male fertility. At my clinic I am seeing more and more male patients who want to try and improve the quality of their semen, not only those with low motility and morphology but also those who want to give there sperm the boost it may need to help reach their partners egg.

In Ireland normal sperm count values are currently given as:

• greater than 20 million sperm per ml
• greater than 50% of sperm moving vigorously (motility)
• greater than 14 % with no deformities (morphology).

A population study looking at men’s fertility found that those men that succeeded in fathering a child had:

• greater than 48 million sperm per ml
• a motility of more than 63%
• a normal morphology of 12%

(New England Journal of Medicine 345(19):1388-1393).

This study indicates the importance of men achieving the highest sperm count and motility possible.

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40% of fertility issues are due to the male partner

So why are we seeing falling sperm counts?

The main reason is realistically due to lifestyle changes and environmental factors. We are constantly being bombarded with chemicals from aerosol’s and detergents to oestrogen’s in our water, preservatives in foods as well as the hormone’s being put into our meat & poultry. With regards to lifestyle we are drinking more alcohol and smoking more than any of our forefather’s, this can have a detrimental effect on sperm quality as they heat up the body and they also damage sperm with their toxicity. Sperm production is most efficient at 34 degrees and it can be impaired by a raise in temperature, so common advice is to remove mobile phones from pockets and not to use laptops on laps.

The good news is that semen matures every 90 days so Acupuncture, lifestyle and dietary advice can help in improving the quality of semen. I recommend that the male partner receives Acupuncture for once a week for a minimum of 3 months, especially around the time of their partner’s ovulation.

Fertility in Traditional Chinese Medicine terms has everything to do with the Kidneys. The Kidneys are responsible for storing life-force (Jing) and are the root of male sexual development, libido and fertility and control the urethra and testicles.

The Liver energy of the male also has to balanced; the Liver ensures the free flow and unobstructed circulation of energy (Qi) and blood in the pelvic and genital region.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin, sterile, single use, disposable needles into specific points on the body to address factors contributing to infertility.  The effectiveness of acupuncture is evidenced by its continued use for centuries and more recently by modern clinical trials showing successful results.

I believe that lifestyle advice is crucial in the improvement of semen quality, some changes that I advise to make may be relatively easy; others much harder.

  • Avoid excessive heat, especially to the testes, remove mobile phones from pockets and avoid using laptops on laps.
  • Take suitable exercise, enough to promote the smooth flow of Qi and blood, especially to the pelvic region. No excessive exercise, avoid prolonged cycling.
  • Adopt a suitable diet and reduce obesity, a balanced diet avoiding excessive soya, meat, dairy and sugar and one rich in antioxidants e.g. 5-7 portions of organic vegetables a day and green tea.
  • Stop smoking, excessive use of alcohol and recreational drugs.
  • Minimise environmental pollution.
  • Avoid drinking from plastic bottles, eating canned foods and heating foods and drinks in plastic containers in microwaves.

I also recommend a comprehensive supplementation programme to help increase the chances of conceiving and improve the health of the baby. This is individualised to the patient’s needs.

  • Multi Vitamin & Mineral – to improve nutritional status.
  • Vitamin E – increases sperm count and carries oxygen to sex organs – D-alpha-topherol form.
  • Vitamin C – helps to manufacture healthy sperm, prevents sperm from sticking together and can improve their motility, can increase sperm up to 1/3.
  • Vitamin D – essential for the healthy development of the nucleus of the sperm cell, and helps maintain semen quality and sperm count. Vitamin D also increases levels of testosterone, which may boost libido.
  • Zinc – cell division and improves desire & ejaculation.
  • Selenium – lack of selenium is linked with sterility.
  • Vitamin B Complex – stress and nervous system tonic.
  • L-Arginine & L-Carnitine – crucial for male fertility and sperm development.
  • Co Q 10 – energy for sperm.

Acupuncture can assist and improve the chances of conception by preparing the body for the journey ahead. It is important that both partners are in good health at the time of conception to give the best possible start to the new life.

If you would like more information or would like to speak with me to discuss how I can help, please contact me.

What is Cupping?

What is Cupping and how does it work?

Cupping is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine.  Today acupuncturists use cups made of thick glass, plastic or bamboo. Glass cups are the preferred method of delivery, because they do not break as easily and they allow the acupuncturist to see the skin and evaluate the effects of treatment.

In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable substance, which is soaked in alcohol, lit, and then placed, inside the cup. Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates a vacuum.

As the substance burns, the cup is turned upside-down so that the practitioner can place the cup over a specific area. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools. Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of Qi breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.

Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 10 minutes. Several cups may be placed on a patient’s body at the same time. Some cupping treatments will also include small amounts of medicated or herbal oils being applied to the skin just before the cupping procedure, which lets the cups move up and down particular acupoints or meridians after they have been applied.


What conditions does Cupping treat?

Cupping can be used for a variety of conditions but is mainly used for muscular-skeletal pain, cold and flu’s and cold syndromes. It is very beneficial in the treatment of pain.

Is cupping safe? Does it hurt?

While cupping is considered relatively safe, it can cause some swelling and bruising on the skin. As the skin under a cup is drawn up, the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand. This may result in small, circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied. These bruises are usually painless, however, and disappear within a few days of treatment.

In addition, there are several instances where cupping should not be performed. Patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; and patients who bleed easily, are not suitable candidates for cupping. Pregnant women should not have cupping on their stomach or lower back. If the cups are being moved, they should not cross bony areas, such as the ridges of the spine or the shoulder blades.

How to improve your Fertility? – Male & Female

What is Fertility?

Fertility simply refers to a couple’s chances of becoming pregnant. If you are fertile, than there is a good chance that you will become pregnant at some point in time. Though pregnancy may not happen right away, if both a man and a woman are fertile, they will conceive a child eventually. Certain factors play a key role in determining fertility. In order for a woman to be fertile she must produce a viable egg during each monthly cycle. In order for a man to be fertile he must be able to produce strong and healthy sperm that can fertilize this egg. Numerous factors play a part in these roles including your diet, lifestyle and stress management. Keeping in mind the following guidelines, they will increase both your chances of conceiving and improve the health of your baby also.

Start a 3 month plan incorporating Diet, Exercise, Lifestyle and Stress management.

Why 3 months?

  1. It takes 3 months for eggs to mature and be ready for ovulation
  2. Men also take 3 months to produce a batch of sperm
  3. The body requires 3 months to eliminate toxins and increase to optimum nutrient status


Optimize nutrient intake using following information. Eat a diet sufficient in Carbohydrates, Fibre, EFA (essential fatty acids) with a healthy amount of protein. Drink plenty of water 6-8 250 ml glasses per day.

Decrease Saturated Fats

Increased amounts of Saturated Fats are associated with increase in oestrogen causing an oestrogen imbalance. They also trigger body to produce inflammatory substances which can also increase period pains. They also block the body’s ability to absorb Essential Fatty Acids or “good” fats.

Food Sources: Reduce meat and dairy. Avoid all processed foods, such as biscuits, cakes, white bread, white pasta, and white rice. Aim for whole foods in their natural state.

Increase your Good Fats

Especially the omega 3 as they help decrease inflammation in the body, hormone balance and development of a baby brain, eyes and nervous system.

Food Sources: You will find good fats especially Omega 3 in oily fish e.g. salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines, herring, fresh tuna. Also found in walnuts, flax and pumpkins. Vegetable sources include kale and cabbage.

Increase Fibre intake

Fibre helps control the levels of Oestrogen. Old oestrogen enters the gut where fibre binds and helps excrete it from the system thus preventing re-absorption of old oestrogen into circulatory system leading to oestrogen dominance and hormonal imbalance.

Soluble fibre: found in vegetables, fruit, oats and beans.

Insoluble fibre: wholegrains and nuts.

Optimise fertility vitamins & minerals

Vitamin B6 – hormone balance and fertility.

Food Sources: Eggs, banana, mushrooms, oats, soya, sunflower seeds, salmon, mackerel, lentils.

Vitamin C – can trigger ovulation, with Vitamin E it may keep you fertile longer and improve the quality of the eggs.

Food Sources: Fruit, vegetables, citrus fruits, berries, green vegetables such as brussel sprouts and cauliflower.

Vitamin E – plays an important role in egg production.

Food Sources: Seeds, nuts, egg yolk, oily fish and broccoli.

Folic Acid – critical to baby’s health and in lowering risk of low birth weight, premature birth, and/or neural tube defects, such as Spina Bifida and Anencephaly.

Vitamin A – Important for your baby’s embryonic growth – including the development of the heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes & bones and the circulatory , respiratory and central nervous system. It also helps with infection resistance and fat metabolism. It also helps to assure you that your cervical fluid will be sperm-nourishing, fertile consistency. It also increases the amount of fertile fluid.

Food Sources: Coloured fruit & vegetables.

Zinc – essential for conception. Important for men to ensure the head of the sperm is hard and can penetrate the egg to fertilise.

Food Sources: Almonds, fish, beans, yogurt, oats, corn, eggs, peas and wholegrains.

Others Important Nutrients:

Magnesium: nuts, vegetables, brown rice, eggs & sunflower seeds.

Manganese: help boost sperm quality, improves health of baby.

Food Sources: Wholegrains, seeds, leafy green vegetables, green beans, sweet potatoes, onions, strawberries, bananas, apples & eggs.

Selenium: essential for sperm production.

Food Sources: Found in eggs, nuts (Brazil), broccoli & garlic.

Calcium: needed for babies bones, teeth & nervous system.

Food Sources: Organic dairy products, salmon, oranges, prunes, sesame seeds, almonds, pulses, wholegrains and green leafy vegetables.

Royal Jelly: Royal Jelly is rich in amino acids (29 to be exact), lipids, sugars, some vitamins, fatty acids and most importantly, proteins. It contains high levels of vitamin D and E as well as ample levels of Iron & Calcium.

Evening primrose oil: This is an essential fatty acid that you can take from your period until ovulation to improve fertile mucus. It is not recommended to take this after ovulation as it can cause mild contractions in the uterus and prevent implantation.

Co Q 10: Improves ovulation and even rejuvenates eggs so that they act like younger eggs, can be linked to higher success rates in IVF. In men it is thought to have a protective action on sperm, improving the count and motility.

Other considerations:


Exercising encourages hormonal balance which in turn increases your fertility, aim for 30 mins a day gentle exercise. Try incorporate Yoga or Pilates to de-stress.


Chronic stress leads to high levels of the hormone cortisol, however in order to continually make cortisol your body requires progesterone, decreasing the amount available for your fertility cycle. Stress can also affect the release of other hormones necessary for your cycle. It can also affect libido inevitably affecting chances of conceiving.

Detox your lifestyle

Avoid environmental toxins e.g. organic foods as much as possible, avoid plastic containers and bottles which contain xenoestrogens disrupting your hormone balance and instead use cast iron, steel or glass cookware.

Watch your weight

A certain amount of body fat is essential for conception however if too low you may stop ovulation. If it is too high, it can interfere with ovulation as excess fat causes imbalance in the ratios of reproductive hormones. Men being overweight can affect the quality and quantity of your sperm.  Achieve optimal weight through healthy eating and exercise.

Decrease Caffeine

Coffee can delay conception for a year, its best to try to avoid completely if you can.

Decrease Alcohol

Alcohol may increase production of oestrogen. Alcohol may decrease fertility by half and increase risk of miscarriage. 1-2 glasses of wine ok if special occasion only, however if you experience any hormonal imbalances it is best to avoid completely.

Don’t Smoke

Smoking may increase the risk of miscarriage; it may decrease oestrogen by interfering with ability of cells in the ovaries to make oestrogen. Smoking can increase the rate at which a woman loses eggs causing early onset of the menopause.

Whether you are working with a fertility clinic, or planning to take a more natural approach, incorporating acupuncture into your plan will help you get pregnant and start your family.


It is always best to try to get your daily Vitamins, Minerals and Essential fatty acid’s through food sources, but this is not always possible, this is when supplementation comes in.

Female Vitamins & Minerals to maximise Fertility     

  • Pre-natal Multi Vitamin & Mineral – improves nutritional status
  • B complex – reduces stress and is a nervous system tonic
  • B6 – synthesis of RNA & DNA – will be in B complex
  • Folic Acid – 400mcg
  • EPA (essential fatty acids) – for healthy glandular function and hormone balancer
  • Selenium – deficiency is linked to infertility
  • Vitamin E – use D-alpha-topherol form, carries oxygen to sex glands
  • Zinc – for cell division
  • Vitamin C – improves hormone levels
  • Vitamin D – boost levels of progesterone and estrogen, which regulate the menstrual cycle & improve the likelihood of successful conception
  • Co-enzyme Q 10 – needed for basic functioning of cells and fertility benefit for women with low egg reserve
  • Royal Jelly – has been shown to help balance hormones, to increase libido and support egg health
  • Evening Primrose oil – improve fertile mucus

Male Vitamins & Minerals to maximise Fertility

  • Multi Vitamin & Mineral – to improve nutritional status
  • Vitamin E – increases sperm count and carries oxygen to sex organs – D-alpha-topherol form
  • Vitamin C – helps to manufacture healthy sperm, prevents sperm from sticking together and can improve their motility, can increase sperm up to 1/3 – 500mg twice a day
  • Vitamin D – essential for the healthy development of the nucleus of the sperm cell, and helps maintain semen quality and sperm count. Vitamin D also increases levels of testosterone, which may boost libido
  • Zinc – cell division and improves desire & ejaculation
  • Selenium – lack of selenium is linked with sterility
  • Vitamin B Complex – stress and nervous system tonic
  • L-Arginine & L-Carnitine – crucial for male fertility and sperm development
  • Coenzyme Q10 – energy for sperm

I treat fertility patients with Acupuncture and Naturopathy. For advice on recommended daily amounts, the best brands and where to get supplements please contact me.



Stress ~ What is it? and how to manage it with Acupuncture & Naturopathy

Stress is not an easy word to define, although everybody has a sense of what stress means.  Stress means a pressure or tension, created by too many physical, mental or emotional demands.  Physiologically our reaction to stress is known as the “fight or flight syndrome”. Situations frequently occur that require physical action quickly.  The body prepares for this rise in effort by diverting blood from the digestive system to the muscles, raising the level of blood sugar, mobilising fats into the blood stream and increasing the pulse and blood pressure.  This reaction is caused not only by stress, but also by “adrenal stimulants”, such as coffee, alcohol, and many other drugs.  Refined sugar in the diet has a similar effect in raising blood sugar levels.  Today, unlike our ancestors, we do not respond with a burst of activity, which is the natural way of utilising the extra sugar and fats made available.

Our diet consists of the foodstuffs and liquids we take into our bodies on a daily basis.  The diet when broken down by the digestive system then provides the nutrients the body needs to function properly.  The better the quality and source of the food we intake the better the quality of the nutrients (or fuel) we provide for the maintenance of our overall health.

The long term effects of stress and its interaction with nutrition are directly the result of being in “top gear” too often.  This uses up nutrients needed in the stress cycle at an alarming rate.  Stress weakens the immune system, thus increasing the risk of frequent infections.  In the body stress manifests itself as physical tension and the inability to relax. But stress is not just physical.  Emotional upsets and awkward relationships cause anxiety, and mental stress results in preoccupying fears and worries, the mind endlessly chattering without a break.  Whatever its origins, stress has a profound effect on our body chemistry.  The heart beats faster and stronger, the blood vessels constrict, the liver converts protein to glucose, muscle cells break down glycogen (stored sugar) to glucose, our who biochemical system swings into action, all conducted by the adrenal glands.

Avoid the following foods when stressed Increase the following foods when stressed
Processed foods Whole-wheat cereals, porridge, oats, millet, spelt.
Saturated fats and trans fats (max 4 g per 100g serving Chicken and fish – especially cold water fish for E.F.A.’s
Sugars – such as white bread, sweets, breakfast cereals (they contain no nutrients and stimulate the pancreas to release more insulin) Vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables.  Eat a variety for optimum nutrient intake.
Alcohol – high in calories, low in nutrients, depletes B vitamins, increases blood pressure and alters blood sugar levels. Fruits – eat a variety in season for optimum nutrient intake.
Chocolate and confectionery – see above re sugars Tofu – to provide good quality protein
Coffee and stimulants – can lead to mood swings, irritability, digestive problems, nervousness and interfere with sleep. Seeds, nuts, brown rice, legumes, avocados, examples of these include sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, hemp, flat seeds, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, beans, lentils, quinoa etc.
Salt / sodium – 1 slice of bread usually provides our daily requirement Some dairy including milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs.

The body needs an increased amount of B vitamins, especially Vitamin B5, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Selenium when stressed.  They help adrenal function and also help protect the body from free radical damage.  Sources of these nutrients are as follows:

B Vitamins: sources include dark leafy green vegetables, whole wheat, wholegrain, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, legumes, nuts, seeds, meat, fish, egg yolks, yogurt, mushrooms, brown rice and wheat germ.

Vitamin C: Good food sources include: avocado, blackcurrants, broccoli, brown rice, cabbage, cheese, citrus fruits, nuts, oat bran, parsley, peppers, pineapple, potatoes, sesame seeds, strawberries, sunflower seeds and wholegrains.

Calcium: sources include: milk, cheese, dairy products and green leafy vegetables.

Magnesium: Good food sources include: brown rice, soybeans, nuts, brewer’s yeast and wholegrains, cod and mackerel.

Potassium: Consume more avocado, lima beans, potato, tomato, nuts, fish, bananas, fruit juices, carrots, cauliflower, celery, leafy green vegetables, mushrooms, peas, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes,watercress and whole-wheat.

Sodium: As sodium is present in so many foods it is unlikely to be deficient.  The body in stress, especially prolonged stress, retains sodium and this helps to increase blood volume and raise blood pressure.  So do not add salt to the diet.  Cut it out wherever possible.

Zinc: Sources include: oysters, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, fish, oats, ginger, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, almonds, turnips, pecans and brewer’s yeast.  Recommended daily dosage is 15mg.

Selenium: Good sources include: Brazil nuts, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, brown rice, cashew nuts, chicken, crab, seaweed, garlic, eggs, herrings, onions, salmon, tuna, tomatoes and wholegrains.

Relaxation techniques for Stress Management:

Breathing exercises for awareness; tension release; progressive relaxation exercises; meditation; visualisation; affirmations; massage can help relax the nervous system, lead to better sleep and an increased ability to deal with stress. Also beneficial are techniques to deal with worry control and better time management, improved life / work balance. A stress management therapist can teach the above techniques.  To restore balance daily try the following:

  • Make time every day for yourself (even 10 minutes or better still 30 minutes per day can help).
  • Do something which you enjoy every day and which makes you LAUGH; laughter is wonderful for relieving stress. Ensure there is some FUN in your life.
  • Exercise such as walking, swimming, yoga, tai chi can help relax the nervous system, release endorphins and provide an increased ability to deal with stress.
  • Reconnect daily with family and loved ones, a daily meal together is ideal as it creates a break with work-time, reconnects with family and loved ones and can be relaxing.

Changing unhealthy eating habits can make a positive difference to health, changes such as:

  • Eating more complex carbohydrates and fibre.  These are better for the body than refined sugars; they provide bulk in the diet and help feed our essential friendly gut bacteria.  They also a) help to give a sense of fullness and satisfaction, b) protect against chronic illness as wholegrains, fruit, vegetables, legumes also reduce constipation, c) help to control blood sugar, d) maintain a healthy digestive system, e) reduce the risk of colon cancer, f) support out adrenal glands.  Eat some protein foods with carbohydrate foods to maintain blood sugar levels.
  • Attain / Maintain ideal weight.  Overeating stresses the body and carrying extra weight is a  continuous physiological strain.  Psychologically the image of being overweight is even more pervasively damaging. So eat when hungry and try not to comfort eat.  To lose weight, follow a sensible eating plan and exercise to expend surplus calories.  Individually our correct weight is dependent on height, size and structure and our ideal body weight should be in the body mass   index range of 20 – 25.  Exercise with a friend if this helps.
  • Eat frequent, calm meals. Our fast paced society, together with our many available fast food options, encourages us to eat on the run and denies us the time to relax as we eat.  Our bodies’ run/work better if we refuel them frequently and properly.

Simple Methods to improve your digestion and reduce stress:

1)Eat in a settled and quiet atmosphere and sit down to eat.  It is important that you take meals during a settled and pleasant time of day when you are free of distractions.  Sitting relaxes the digestive tract and helps focus your attention on the process of eating.  Even if you are only having a small snack, sit down to eat it.

2)Take a few minutes to rest quietly at the end of your meal. By relaxing at the finish of your meal, the digestive process can begin in an effortless way.

3)Don’t eat when you are upset. If you feel upset at mealtime, wait a little while until you feel calmer.  When you are emotionally upset there is an increase in the production of acid and a slowing of normal stomach contractions.  These acid rich secretions remain the stomach longer and cause severe irritation.

4)Avoid overeating. You should eat to about three quarters of your stomach’s capacity.  Eating beyond this point prevents normal stomach contractions.  This is also the point that gives us a feeling of satisfaction without the sensation of overeating.  The average stomach size is that of a closed fist, each person’s stomach size being individual to them.

5)Don’t drink while you are eating. Many of us are in the habit of washing our food down with a drink, before we have chewed it properly and by drinking whilst we have food in our mouths.  Chewing your food helps your digestive system with the process of digestion, as there are smaller pieces to break down, and helps prevent indigestion and excess wind.

6)Eat at a moderate pace. This allows you to chew your food well and helps you to find the point at which you feel satisfied.  If you find that you eat too quickly, simply put your fork down after each mouthful and don’t eat more food until that mouthful has been chewed and swallowed.  Your digestion will thank you!

7)Eat meals that a freshly cooked using a variety of ingredients.  This will ensure that you get all the necessary nutrients needed for a healthy diet and enable your body to maintain balance.

8)Eat your meals at a regular time each day.  This will allow you to develop a routine, helps to prevent snacking, maintain blood sugar levels, and put less stress on your digestion.

Acupuncture for Stress management:
Acupuncture is a great way of relieving stress because it relaxes the muscles in the body and causes a mental feel of tranquility. The benefits of acupuncture not only relieve stress but may provide many other benefits as well. When learning to manage stress, acupuncture gives you the emotional break to rein in your emotions. Often, with the assistance of acupuncture, the triggers for stress are greatly reduced or eliminated.


Natural Antibiotics for Colds & Flu

Well I got hit straight in the face by a virus this week, nasty little mite. You all know it, achy muscles and bones, hot eyes, sore throat etc… It can knock even the healthiest person sideways for a couple of days.

A common cold should not last for more than 3-4 days. When using natural therapies in shifting colds & flu they involve assisting the body rather than suppressing symptoms as drugs do, therefore the symptoms of the cold & flu temporarily worsen.

Many of the symptoms of colds and flu are a result of our body’s defence mechanisms – Interferon the immune-stimulating compound is released by our blood cells and other tissues during infections and this is responsible for many symptoms. The suppression of a fever is thought to counteract a major defence mechanism and prolong the infection so however uncomfortable a high temperature is just sweat it out.

Here are some  simple & useful tips to help you naturally fight these nasty little seasonal bugs:

  • Rest –  nothing is that important that it can’t wait for a few days, your health is – Get to bed!
  • Liquids – drink lots of water
  • Echinacea – huge immune enhancing effects, a tincture is best
  • Vit C – 2000mg twice a day
  • Hot lemon with grated ginger & a teaspoon of honey – anti-inflammatory & anti-viral
  • Cayenne pepper – 8th teaspoon in warm water – promotes circulation and helps sweat it out. I use Potters Lifedrops, it’s a tincture made from Capsicum, Elderflowers and Peppermint oil, it’s really effective
  • Home made hearty soups – pack them full of virus fighting compounds – colourful veg and especially onions & garlic
  • Keep warm – simple but effective

After a few days you should feel back to normal.


Helena Barker – Acupuncture & Naturopathy

So I’ve done it, 4 years of training as a Acupuncturist & Naturopath and I’m taking the first steps into becoming a Complementary Therapist.

Daunting (screaming inside!), but ready to face it head on… (with a smile) 🙂

I will be praciticing in Navan and Slane, Co. Meath

This is where I’m going to Blog about anything Healthcare, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Life, recommendations & advice.

Onwards & Up!


“Health is the greatest gift” Buddha