Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have lupus, and it is presently in remission. Can you give to me some advice, including proper eating habits, about how to keep this in remission?
A: Lupus is an autoimmune condition. What you have to do is to make sure your immune system does not flare up again.
Here is what I suggest:
1. Consult with your physician about incorporating acupuncture into your treatment; it can help keep your body in balance and maintain a good immune system.
2. Make sure any external triggers are eliminated. Maintaining a good balanced diet that is on the “bland” side can do this. This means that you should avoid spicy, oily, and fatty foods, allergy-prone foods including dairy, nightshades, chocolate, and possibly wheat. Do not drink sodas or diet drinks. In general, you should reduce you intake of sweets.
3. Eat more bamboo shoots, cabbage, yams, beets, and leafy green vegetables.
4. Avoid constipation, as it tends to stagnate toxins in the body. Drink plenty of water. Avoid exposure to toxic air, and other environmental toxins.
You might find the following Traditions of Tao products helpful: “Abundant Energy” and “Perpetual Shield”, to help stimulate digestion and strengthen your immune system. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.