What are six foods that are safe for a child’s (upwards of 3 years old) consumption to help boost his respiratory immunity? How can each of them help boost the child’s immunity?
Physician Anita Pee of Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic gives us a list and why they are good for your child:
- Luo han guo (罗汉果) : Clears the lungs, soothes throat, disperses phlegm, and stops cough. Useful for dry itchy throat caused by exposure to haze. Rich in vitamin C.
- Snow pear（雪梨）: Sweet and slightly cooling, aids in relieving mild heat and to strengthen and moisturise the lungs.
- Chinese yam（淮山）: Boosts spleen function and aids in improving immune system and general wellness. Good for children with digestion issues. Also good for nourishing lungs.
- White fungus（白木耳）: Moisturises lungs, less cooling than snow pear and hence more suitable for children with weak digestion.
- White radish（白萝卜）: Helps to clear lungs, reduces heat, and clears toxins. Also aids in smooth bowel movements and to disperse phlegm. Helps improve appetite.
- Cordyceps（冬虫夏草）: Well-known for boosting the immune system and improving lung function. However, as it is a tonifying herb, it should not be taken when child is ill with fever or bad cough.
It is advisable to consult a registered TCM physician to ensure any food or herbs is suitable for the child’s current condition.
Are there any TCM procedures (e.g., cupping, acupuncture) that can help with boosting one’s immunity (for adults and children)?
For adults, acupuncture can be carried out on acupoints on selected meridians to strengthen one’s immunity and help to clear lung toxins. For children, pediatric tuina would be a suitable non-invasive method of helping to strengthen the child’s immune system and boost overall body functions.
Do you have a question or experience with TCM? Let us know in the comments section and our physicians from Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic will be glad to help!
This article was written by Physician Anita Pee of Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic and adapted for singaporeschild.com.sg with permission.