Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
My husband has very high triglycerides (in the 800’s) and cholesterol (in the 300’s). The medications he is given lower them a little. What can he do from the traditional Chinese medical perspective to lower these?
A: With the elevated levels of cholesterol in the 300’s, I suggest your husband take a combined approach. It is essential that he does not stop taking any medications prescribed by his physician.
These suggestions will help to reduce the count and maintain his health while he does the following:
1. The best way to reduce cholesterol is to exercise. Take up tai chi or qigong exercises. Practice cardio-stimulating exercises at least three times a week.
2. Avoid smoking, alcohol, fatty foods, meats or saturated fats, cheese, and sugar.
3. Incorporate more of the following into his diet: apples, bananas, carrots, cold deep-water fish, dried beans, garlic, grapefruit, olive oil, and fibers such as bran and oats.
4. Make tea from hawthorn berry, chrysanthemum, and cassia seed. Drink this three times a day.
5. Make a soup from celery and yellow squash. Eat this once a day for the next 20 days.
6. Supplements include: Niacin, B5, C, E, chromium picolinate, lecithin, and Coenzyme Q10.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao herbal supplements helpful for your high blood pressure: “Ancient Treasures” tea, “B-Slim”, “Super Clarity”, “Creative Balance” tea, “Internal Cleanse” tea, “Emotional Tranquility” tea and “Calm-fort/Sleeping”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.