Grow and Thrive is a nutritive tonic containing food-based ingredients. It is an impressive formula because of its dual action as both nourishing and strengthening, boosting the capacity of the spleen and stomach to digest and assimilate food. It fosters robust growth by promoting the adequate assimilation and smooth passage of food through the digestive tract. In so doing, it strengthens the spleen, lung and kidneys, and harmonizes the stomach, supporting healthy growth and development.
Underlying most of the challenges facing infants and young children is the immaturity of their digestive functions. After breathing, the second act that a newborn baby engages in is to suckle the mother’s breast, which activates the entire digestive system. It is vital to preserve and protect the fragile integrity of a child’s stomach and intestines during the first year of life and until age seven or eight, as this is how the developing body builds up its life force, or Qi (“chee”).
In Chinese Herbology, the early life of the child is dominated by the activity of what is referred to as the Middle Burner: the Qi of the spleen and stomach. Until a child is about one year of age, he or she is mostly stomach – a small, jolly, energetic eating machine. As this Middle Burner-dominated being grows beyond the first year, other functions awaken, such as manipulating, exploring walking and talking. But all these behaviors develop from the center: the Middle Burner.
Grow and Thrive also supports the vigor and capacity of the lung, heart, kidney and liver, which depend upon the Qi generated by the Middle Burner.
There are certain circumstances requiring caution in determining if your child needs to go to the doctor’s office, however. If your child is experiencing any of the following, you should call your pediatrician:
- Acute constipation or diarrhea
- Nausea with vomiting
- High fever (102° F or above)
Next week, we’ll explore Gentle Warriors’ Windbreaker formula, which can be prescribed in tandem with Chest Relief for certain ailments.
* Article Source: Gentle Warriors Pediatric Formula Guide