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Relieve that cough

What you need to know to relieve that cough

One of the common winter complaints that accompanies a cold or flu infection is a cough. You can protect yourself from colds by boosting your immune system...

Congestion and Mucus

Don’t put up with congestion and mucus

Sometimes your body makes too much mucus which causes problems such as a blocked or runny nose and cough.

 

Snot is mucus from your nose and sputum is mucus from your airways. Mucus production is normal. Without it, your nose and airways become dry and don’t work properly...

Cough treatments

What you need to know about Cough treatments

 

A cough can sound awful, but it is rarely a sign of serious illness. Coughing is an important reflex which helps to clear mucus from the airways. It is a common symptom in children, especially when they are under 5 years of age...

Joint pain

Nutritional supplements for joint pain

In joints such as knees and elbows that allow movement, the ends of each bone are covered in a dense layer of thick, springy tissue called cartilage...

Magnesium

Magnesium – the wonder mineral

 

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body. It plays many important roles in the health of your body and brain. However, you may not be getting enough of it, even if you eat a healthy diet...

Back pain relief

Top tips for back pain relief

More than nine out of 10 people experience back pain or lower back pain at some point in their lives.

 

Even if this pain is short-lived, that doesn’t mean you should just put up with it – particularly as there is so much you can do to prevent or ease back pain...

Boost your immunity

The biggest selling supplement in New Zealand

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that must be obtained from the diet or supplements...

Boost your defences

Boost your defences against colds

Many people think that it’s the cold weather that makes us more susceptible to colds, flu and respiratory infections, but that’s not actually the case...

Pro-biotics for extra immunity

Extra immune protection from Probiotics

 

The effects of probiotics are well-documented in relation to improving digestive health in a number of ways...

Best pain relief

Which pain reliever is best?

The choice of pain relief medication can depend on many things, such as the type, severity and cause of your pain, other medications you may already be taking, any allergies you may have and other conditions you may have...

Inflammation and pain

Treatments for inflammation and pain

NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) are a type of pain relief medication that are used for pain from muscle injuries, gout, arthritis,  headache, dental pain and period pain...

Stronger pain relief

When you need stronger pain relief

 

The most commonly used painkillers that you can buy without a Doctor’s prescription are Paracetamol (Panadol) or Ibuprofen (Nurofen)...

Protect with Buccaline

Protect yourself this winter with Buccaline

Buccaline is an anti bacterial oral vaccine in tablet form. It is only available from pharmacies following a consultation with your pharmacist...

Don't put up with a sore throat

Don’t put up with a sore throat

A sore throat that feels irritated or scratchy is often an early sign that you are coming down with a winter cold. You may feel mild discomfort or a burning pain and it may feel worse when you swallow...

Don't suffer with a cold

Don’t suffer with a cold.

Many people suffer from the common cold every winter, but there are some things you can avoid to minimise your chances of being affected by this illness...

Baby colic

Colic is a common condition that affects up to 1 in 5 young babies. If your baby suffers from colic you will need to try a number of things to help to relieve their symptoms, and it is important that you seek help and support from friends, family or health professionals too.

Baby teething

Every new parent discovers that when a baby is teething they can be miserable and this can upset the whole household. There are several ways to ease your baby’s teething pain, and help to calm and settle them.

Child pain and fever

Ibuprofen (Nurofen) and paracetamol (Pamol) are two of the most commonly used medicines to treat pain and fever in children.

While medicines are not always needed to relieve pain or fever, it's important to know how to provide your child with safe and effective pain relief if it is ever necessary.

Nasal congestion

Ibuprofen (Nurofen) and paracetamol (Pamol) are two of the most commonly used medicines to treat pain and fever in children.

While medicines are not always needed to relieve pain or fever, it's important to know how to provide your child with safe and effective pain relief if it is ever necessary.

Decongestant or antihistamine?

When your nose and sinuses are all stuffed up because of a cold or allergy common pharmacy medicines such as decongestants and antihistamines can help.

They come in different forms, and they're often mixed into combination formulas that you can buy without a prescription...

Omega 3 oils

Omega-3 fatty acids are natural, healthy oils that are found in many cells in your body, but especially in cells in your brain and eyes. They play an important role in helping your blood vessels, heart, immune system and lungs work properly...

Garlic

Garlic is used widely as a flavouring in cooking, but it has also been used as a medicine throughout history to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases...

Mito Q

Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10 or ubiquinol) is an essential nutrient present in almost every cell of the human body...

Stress and anxiety

Tips for stress and anxiety

 

Stress is our body’s natural reaction to a demand or threat...

When you need help sleeping

Most people have experienced poor sleep from time to time, however regular lack of sleep over many months or years can lead to a number of other health problems.

 

It can increase your risk of depression, anxiety, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes...

Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin B refers to not one, but eight different vitamins. The B vitamins are water soluble which means that the body cannot store them. Many people get all the vitamin B they need from a varied, healthful diet, but others benefit from taking a vitamin B-complex supplement..

Probiotics

Your digestive system is responsible for turning the food you eat into the energy needed to survive and carry out your normal daily activities. 

Read about how to maintain healthy digestion by supplementing with Probiotics.

Prebiotics

You probably know that you need a healthy balance of probiotic bacteria in your gut.

Read how you can support your healthy digestion with prebiotic supplements and digestive enzymes.

Digestive Herbs

Inflammation can upset the gut and prevent good digestion.

A number of plant-based medicines and herbal remedies can help to reduce this inflammation and soothe the digestive tract.

Hayfever

Spring means hayfever season  for many New Zealanders.

​The increase in pollens from trees, flowers and grasses causes the allergic reaction.

 

Get relief and prevent symptoms with effective nasal sprays.

Antihistamines

Antihistamines are used for the treatment of symptoms associated with allergies including sneezing, itching and watery eyes.

They are also used to treat insect bites and inflammatory conditions of the skin.

Saline sinus rinse

Saline sinus rinses are a natural, drug-free way to relieve sinus problems including snoring.

​Using a nasal rinse containing salt water can help to thin and decrease the amount of mucus you produce in your nose, and stop it draining into the back of your throat.