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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January 29, 2011

A Comparision: Chinese Ginseng, Codonopsis, American Ginseng & Siberian Ginseng

There are many types of Ginseng, and they all have fairly different properties. The two most famous types of Ginseng are American and Chinese.  First off, American Ginseng (Xi Yang Shen) and Chinese Ginseng (Ren Shen) are sort of opposites in the Ginseng world even though they are in the same plant genus (Panax), because the American version is cooling and the one from China is warming. This makes a huge difference. Another close relative is Siberian Ginseng (Ci Wu Jia), which is mildly related to Chinese and American Ginseng because they are in the same plant family, but they do not share the same genus.

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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.


  • 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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