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Sarah Jane ReportingAre you achy, tired, clogged, sniffling, sneezing and nothing seems to get rid of that awful cold? Here are a few alternative cures that just might work.

I've got that nasty cold that's going around. Mine started with a sore throat, then a fever, and before I knew it my head was in snot city. Yes, snot city, and it wasn't pretty. I've been downing the zinc, Sudafed and oranges since Wednesday. But that nasty cold is still here. Maybe you can relate?

Doctor Uli Knorr is a naturopathic physician at the eastside natural health clinic. He says people tend to get sick around the holidays for a number of reasons.

Dr. Knorr: "We're not moving as much, we're not getting outdoors as much so there's less circulation and blood flow happening. We're breathing more recycled air."

But he has a few cures for people with the seasonal cold.

Dr. Knorr: "More vitamin C, up to 3 to 4 grams a day can be helpful, and Zinc."

Acupuncturist Master Lu has a few cures of his own. He recommends ginger and lemon tea. And also and putting an orange in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes and heat every meal.

Master Lu is open 360 days a year, only closed for holidays. He says he's never sick and that the patients that do tai chi and acupuncture never get sick either.

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