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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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.


  • 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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