Chinese herbal chicken soup based on Traditional Chinese Medicine formula "Si Wu Tang" is a classic well-being remedy for women. This herbal combination (Si Wu Tang, 四物汤) of angelica root, rehmannia, white peony root and Sichuan lovage root is famous for relieving PMS pains, replenishing blood, improving circulation and enhancing youth and beauty for women.
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 2hours
Total Time 2hours15minutes
12-15sliceswhite peony root
2-3tbspsichuan lovage root
1Just for Women Herbal Mix by Root + Spring(See notes for where to buy)
1organic free-run whole chicken(preferably old hen for the most nourishing and flavourful soup)
sea salt or honey to taste (optional)
Rinse the herbs under clean running water briefly and set aside.
I recommend blanching the whole chicken for a couple minutes in boiling water, discard the water and rinse the chicken. This will ensure the final chicken soup is clear without foams.
Place the clean whole chicken and 12 cups of water in a large stock pot or slow cooker. The chicken should be mostly submerged under the water. If the chicken legs and feet are sticking out of the pot, flip the chicken upside down, so that the chicken legs and feet are underneath and weighed down.
If you skipped step 2 of blanching the chicken, you will want to bring the chicken soup to a boil and skim the foams first, before adding the herbs.
Add the rinsed herbs in the chicken soup, simmer all ingredients together for about 2 to 2.5 hours. You can expect the herbal chicken soup to turn black due to the herbs.
You can eat the chicken separately or with the soup. I usually eat them separately. Discard cooked herbs.
Divide the liquid up into 4 portions. Drink 1 portion on the first day, and save the other 3 portions in mason jars to be consumed on subsequent days.
You may drink the herbal chicken broth as-is, or flavour with a spoon of honey or a pinch of salt, depending on your preference.
You can get a pre-packaged herb mix for this soup remedy from Root + Spring.
It's totally authentic to flavour Chinese herbal chicken soup with either honey or sea salt, and you don't need to use both. I prefer my herbal chicken soup plain, but enjoy them flavoured as well.
This remedy is traditionally used at the finish of the period for up to 10 days to alleviate PMS discomforts and as a general tonic for women. See the "how to use" section for more details for usage and cautions.
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