August 11, 2013

Nettle & Astragalus Soup (Huáng Qí 黃耆) to tonify Qi & Blood

Huang Qi - sticks

 Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Fresh Nettles (handle with gloves and tongs to avoid being stung)
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 leeks - cut into half moons
  • 2 cups broth, ideally home-made (vegetable or chicken)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 avocado
  • 5 small potatoes
  • 9 grams dried Astralagus Sticks (Huáng Qí 黃耆) or 1 TBS dried Astragalus pieces
  • 1 tsp fresh dill
  • ½ tsp nutmeg (Ròu Dòu Kòu)
  • 3 cloves of freshly, minced garlic (Dà Suàn),
  • Salt/ pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
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January 21, 2013

Bone Broth Chicken Soup with Healing Herbs

Making soup with bone marrow stock enhances your immune system and provides you with easy to assimilate minerals. The marrow inside the bones contains nutrients that feed your whole body, including your own bone marrow. When your bone marrow is nourished, you create healthier immune cells and can better fight off colds and the flu.

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July 17, 2012

Classic Chinese Chicken Soup with Tonic Herbs (Astragalus, Codonopsis, Yam, Jujube)

Because of all the wonderful herbs added, this delicious soup is a qi tonic and blood tonic that can restore the body's resources. It has a good effect on brightening the eyes and slowing down the aging process. This recipe uses a 'black chicken' or 'silkie', which is considered very nourishing for the blood and essence and is available at specialty Asian markets. Locally, you can easily find it at Ranch 99 in El Cerrito or Concord, CA. You can also use a regular, organic chicken.

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September 29, 2010

Astragalus Wine (Huáng Qí Jiŭ 黃耆)

Rice Wine'Huang Qi' 黃耆 Astragalus is one of the most helpful tonic herbs from the Asian materia medica.  This sweet and warm herbal medicine is categorized in the same category as Ginseng, and the two herbs have some similar properties.  Astragalus is used in many formulas and is good for people who show some weakness or signs of deficiency.  The strengthening properties of this plant will help to balance out and build up the person's weakness.  However, Astragalus is not particularly helpful for people who are prone to excess stagnation (thick tongue coating).

How to Use Astragalus:

Astragalus can be used in many ways.  The dried root slices are often cooked in water to extract the medicinal components.  The herb can also be taken internally in granular form, as a powder and in an alcohol extract (either as a tincture or as a wine).

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April 22, 2010

Tonic Rice Porridge with Astragalus, Codonopsis & Longan Fruits

This cereal nourishes blood, strengthens energy, and calms spirit. Because its focus in on tonification, it's not recommended for someone with common cold or flu.

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. brown rice or brown sweet rice
  • 10 grams (~2 sticks) Codonopsis Root (Dang Shen)
  • 10 grams (~2 sticks) Astragalus Root (Huang Qi)
  • ¼ c. Longan fruit (Long Yan Rou)
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