Herbal Alternatives For Children

I recently got 2 wonderful tips for children from my friend and fellow acupuncturist Nicole Hohmann, L.A.c.

1. Boost and protect your child’s immune system with astragalus. Astragalus is especially good preventively for children with frequent infections to take in the winter time and for kids with allergies. The brand Eclectic Institute has a spearmint flavored glycerite liquid form of astragalus. Follow the dosing guidelines for your child’s weight found on the label. You can put it in juice, but do not give too much juice, especially orange juice, to sick children as it could cause more phlegm. If you want to read more about the benefits of this herb, click here

2. Help soothe ear infections with garlic mullein oil from Herb Pharm. This is a topical application. Put a couple of drops in the ear and secure the liquid with a piece of cotton ball. It can work within a few hours for acute pain.

Both of these products can be found at most Whole Food markets.

If problems are not resolving, try seeing an acupuncturist for further herbal consultations and treatment without needles. Kids under 6 years old often respond well to laser acupuncture and Chinese pediatric massage therapy, both of which are some of Nicole’s specialities.
Nicole Hohmann L.A.c.
2400 Chestnut, Suite A
Glenview, IL 60025

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