‘Zi He Che’ Soup (紫河車)

For mothers and others at home who are recovering from childbirth and who are perhaps feeling cold…

  1. Soak fresh ‘Zi He Che’  in water. Change water several times until water remains clear. Cut into ½” pieces. Mix with equal portion of pieces of chicken, or pork, or beef.
  2. Cut 5 green onions into 2” pieces each. Stir fry cut green onions & 7-8 slices of ginger in small amount of vegetable oil. Add ‘Zi He Che’ & other meat, & continue stir frying another 2 minutes.
  3. Add at least 12 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Skim & discard the foam that collects on the surface of the liquid.
  4. Reduce heat to simmer, cover the pot & simmer ~ 2 hrs.
  5. Salt to taste. Do not add any other herbs, spices or condiments to pot.
  6. Serve cup of broth separately from meat. Allow 30 minutes for broth to be absorbed into system before eating meat or other foods.
  7. Soy sauce, black pepper, or other mild flavorings (no hot sauce or ketchup) can be added to the meat & veggies. Bread, rice, & steamed veggies are also okay.
  8. Eat for at least the 1st 3 days after delivery

From Dr. Yitian Ni – 1998

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