Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Dong Quai Tonic Soup

Dong quai

Dong Quai 当归 is the female ginseng. According to studies over thousand of years, it is believed that dong quai is reputed to relieve constipation, increase red blood cell count, and provide relief from menstrual disorders such as cramps, irregular menstrual cycles, infrequent periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and menopausal symptoms. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is used for various purposes, including reproductive, circulatory, and respiratory conditions. Dong quai provides moderate amounts of folic acid, iron, and vitamin B12.


Dong Quai Tonic Soup

1. dong quai 当归,red dates 红枣, danshen 丹参,and wolfberry 枸杞 measured and packed by Chinese medicine shop according to volume of soup that you wish to make.
2. Two chicken drumsticks, skinned.
3. 800ml of water.
4. Salt to taste.

1. Rinse the herbs, and make a cut on each red date.
2. Bring water to boil in a pot. Pour in the herbs and let it boil for 5 minutes.
3. Tranfer the soup to slower cooker. Add in chicken thigh and let it simmer under automatic mode for at least 5 to 6 hours.
4. Add salt to taste. Serve hot with rice, or eat on its own.

Dong quai tonic soup.

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