Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I experience a lot of mucus in my throat during the day. I have been on meds for almost 5 years for heart and prostate cancer. How can I make a change in my health for the better?
A: Mucus, referring to phlegm and discharge from the nose and pharynx is a result of “dampness” in the system. Dampness accumulates due to improper digestion and improper drainage from the lymphatic system. heart disease often complicates this. I will give you some dietary advice, but I also strongly urge you to continue with the required medications prescribed by your physicians, and to remain under their care for proper treatment of the heart condition and prostate cancer.
These are my dietary recommendations:
1. Avoid meat; if you cannot handle strict vegetarian diet, you may eat deep-sea fish. Avoid coffee, cinnamon, anise, and peppers. Do not eat dairy products, spicy foods (with the exception of garlic), high fat or fried foods. Do not eat moldy foods. Avoid smoking and chemical additives. Also do your best to avoid becoming constipated, as constipation retains toxins in the body.
2. Incorporate into your diet more shitake mushrooms, figs, beets, beet tops, papayas, mung beans, licorice, sea cucumbers, garlic, walnuts, litchi fruits, mulberries, and dandelion greens.
3. Boil together mung beans, pearl barley, adzuki beans, and figs. This makes a delicious desert that will sustain good energy and help digestion.
4. Make chrysanthemum, dandelion, burdock, and beet top tea; drink this as regular beverage during day.
The following herbal supplements from the Traditions of Tao web site may also very well support your heart health: “Super Clarity” and “Heart”; also consider “Cancer Support” and “Perpetual Shield”, which reinvigorates the immune system. Again, however, I stress that you need to remain under the care of your oncologist and physicians for heart and prostate conditions.