In our regular feature, the team from Asian Tigers Mobility provides different types of relocation advice for anyone coming to Hong Kong or heading off on a new assignment. Here, we find out how to use Chinese medicine to stay healthy.
“What’s one way I can use traditional Chinese medicine to stay healthy?”
Chinese medical practice has more than 2,500 years of history. Many people in China, Singapore and elsewhere still apply Chinese therapies in daily life to stay healthy.
This traditional wisdom isn’t limited to curing diseases. Chinese people also like to add different herbal ingredients into soups to strengthen particular parts of their body, such as the lung and stomach. These ingredients can change according to the season. In autumn and winter, for example, the flowering plant Solomon’s Seal is used to moisten the lung and throat.
The following is the recipe for a simple Chinese medical soup anyone can make.
- 1 litre water
- 1kg chicken
- 1 bowl Solomon’s Seal
- ½ cup dried goji berries
- ginger, sliced
- 15 red dates
- dash of salt
• Cut chicken into pieces and blanch in a pot of boiling water with 3-4 slices of ginger to remove dirt and blood water from bones. After a few minutes, pick chicken pieces out and place in a soup pot.
• Add water and sliced Solomon’s Seal. Bring to a boil and simmer for around 45 minutes, then add dates and goji berries and simmer for another 30 minutes.
• Season with salt before serving.
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This article first appeared in the October/November 2019 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.