Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an intricate and complex medical system used in China. Practitioners undergo many years of formal and informal eduction to perfect the graft. There are, however, various herbs and concoctions that are used by the Chinese general population. Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup is one of those. Just as chicken soup is served in many parts of the world to make one feel better; the Chinese have a similar dish, but with a lot more herbs and zest. Interestingly, Chinese medicine is often served as part of a dish. The combination with food allows for a better uptake of the medicinal substances in a more natural process. This Chinese Herbal Soup contains over 10 of the most popular herbs used in Chinese Medicine.
These mixes can be purchased in many Asian stores with various herb combinations for various ailments. This mix contains the following herbs:
- Condonopsis: Often used as a substitute for ginseng and good for the appetite and energy
- Rhemannia Glutinosa: One of the main TCM herbs used a general tonic
- Angelica Sinensis: Also called female ginseng as it helps with PMS. It is helpful for everyone because of its ability to balance energy.
- Glycyrrhiza Uralensis: Chinese Liquorice – Adds a pleasant taste and improves the efficacy of the other ingredients
- Ligusticum Striatum – Chinese Lovage – Strengthens the liver and gall bladder.
- Cinnamomum Wilsonii: A type of cinnamon often used for abdominal pain
- Astralgus Membranaceus: Used to activate and strengthen the immune system,
- Paeonia Lactflora & Similax Glabra: Relaxant, PMS symptoms
- Atractylodes Macrocephala: Settles the stomach
I added in the following ingredients:
- Goji Berries and Jujube Berries (Dates) adds sweetness to counteract the bitter herbs
All mixed together in a slow cooker. After 3 hours of cooking, the herbal hot pot is finally finished.
The herbs can generally be eaten, however some are hard and fibrous – I would skip eating those. Definitely drink the soup though, that is where the good stuff is.
Here is a video of the process: