Chinese Imperial Herbal Chicken Soup

The Chinese believed that we have to constantly provide adequate nutrition and cleanse our body. This is especially so when the weather was cold and the body’s immunity and resistance are week. Therefore, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs and tonics are required to maintain our body in top notch condition to fight against any disease.

The Chinese also believe that Autumn is the right time to nourish and prepare your body to overcome the cold winter. 

Ingredients

1 whole chicken
1 bag of Chinese Herbal Soup Mix (found at Portland Healing Space)

Instructions

Wash the chicken thoroughly, take out any hairs and chopped off head and legs. Stuff all the herbs inside the body and place it in a slow cooker or crockpot. Put in water and cover about 75% of the chicken body.

Use the slow cooker or crockpot to cook for at least 2-3 hours. The chicken meat should be very tender when it's all said and done with. Instead of stuffing the herbs inside the the chicken body, you can use a herbs cloth bag and put it in the crockpot, if you'd like. Should you feel that the soup is too greasy, you can let the soup cool, put it in the fridge, let the fats solidify and skim off the top.

Best served hot with rice!

The Herbs

Gingeng (人参) health benefits include improved immunity, increased stamina, sharpened mental and physical performance and improved blood pressure. It is also used to treat erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C and symptoms related to menopause. Some studies have shown that ginseng may lower blood glucose. Other studies suggest the root can lead to improvement in immune function. http://www.canyonranch.com/your-health/health-healing/healing-therapies/eastern-medicine/introduction-chinese-herbs

Astragalus (北芪) is said to prevent and treat common colds and upper respiratory infections, and it’s usually combined with other herbs that also help support and strengthen the immune system, such as ginseng, angelica and liquorice. http://www.canyonranch.com/your-health/health-healing/healing-therapies/eastern-medicine/introduction-chinese-herbs

Codonopsisi (党参 ) Main Codonopsis uses and indications include deficiency in lung and spleen, shortness of breath and heart palpitations, reduced appetite, loose stools, deficient asthma and cough, and diabetes
http://www.chineseherbshealing.com/codonopsis-dang-shen/

Goji berry(枸杞子) Key goji berry uses and indication are the deficiency of liver and kidney, light-headedness, blurred vision, soreness and weakness of waist and knees, erectile dysfunction and damage of essence, consumptive cough, extreme thirst.
http://www.chineseherbshealing.com/goji-berry/

Lotus Seeds (Nelumbo Nucifera) (莲子 ) Lotus seed uses and indications include chronic diarrhoea or dysentery because of spleen deficiency, emission due to the kidney deficiency, urinary incontinence, uterine bleeding, morbid leucorrhea, restlessness, palpitation, and insomnia. 
http://www.chineseherbshealing.com/lotus-seed/

Rhizoma polygonati (玉竹) Rhizoma polygonati uses and indications include consumptive cough due to deficiency of yin, lung dryness cough, lacking in strength caused by spleen deficiency, reduced appetite and mouth dryness, diabetes, soreness and weakness of waist and knees due to kidney deficiency, impotence and nocturnal emission, tinnitus and dim eyesight, premature graying, thinness and weakness, and leprosy and ringworm.
http://www.chineseherbshealing.com/rhizoma-polygonati/

Chinese Yam (山药/淮山) Chinese yam is used to treat weak digestion with fatigue and diarrhoea, general weakness, frequent urination, decreased appetite, leukorrhagia (excessive vaginal discharge), premature ejaculation, the symptoms associated withdiabetes, and chronic wheezing (whistling sound caused by breathing difficulty) and coughing.

Recipe originally from Guai Shu Shu