Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have 2 daughters, ages three and five. They are constantly getting sick with colds, bronchitis, flus, viruses, respiratory problems, and so on. Is there something they can take to build up their immune system?
A: I would suggest first of all to have both of them checked to rule out serious pathologies with their primary physician. Secondly, I would suggest you contact a licensed acupuncturist/ herbalist. There are some acupuncture treatments that can help with appetite, and immune strengthening.
There are nutritional recommendations I can give that can be incorporated into their diet to assist in building immunity:
1. Increase ginger, onions, garlic, bamboo shoots, cabbage, beets, beet top tea, carrots, leafy vegetables, yams, and organic chicken gizzards as dietary supplements.
2. Also a good pediatric multivitamin with E, C, and B-complex may be needed. Consult a physician or nutritionist for this.
3. Avoid wheat, citrus fruits, chocolate and sweets, dairy products, and pollution.
4. Have the children do daily moderate activities in open clean air.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao products helpful for building up your immune system: “Perpetual Shield”, “Cold and Flu”, “Five Elements of Health”, “Enduring Youth”, and “High Performance”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.