Everyone loves a bowl of warm and delicious chicken soup, but add in some TCM herbs and you’ve got an even more flavourful and nourishing soup for the whole family. This particular recipe strengthens your kidneys and liver, and replenishes your Qi (vital energy) and blood to encourage darker hair, better complexion and a stronger body.
Beauty and health benefits
Strengthen Kidneys and Liver, Strengthen Spleen, Replenish Qi, Replenish Blood,
Darken hair, moisturise skin, improve complexion, anti-aging
Premature greying of hair, fatigue, low energy, heart palpitations, insomnia, weak and sore knees and waist
Ingredients (serves 3-4 people)
Whole black chicken (1)
Salt (to taste)
何首乌 Hé Shǒu Wū (15g)
当归 Dāng Guī (10g)
党参 Dǎng Shēn (10g)
北芪 Běi Qí (10g)
枸杞子 Gǒu Qǐ Zi (10g)
玉竹 Yù Zhú (10g)
熟地 Shú Dì (10g)
大枣 Dà Zǎo (8)
3L slow cooker
Wash and skin the black chicken, and season with salt
Wash the herbs
Place the herbs and chicken into the slow cooker
Pour in hot water till it covers the ingredients (about 1.5L of water)
Cook at high heat for 2.5 hours
Cooking tip: Use an electrical timer to control the cooking while you are out at work. Set the 1st timing to turn the slow cooker off after 2.5hrs of cooking, then set a 2nd timing to turn the slow cooker on 30min before you reach home to warm the soup up, so you can have a fuss-free hot dinner when you return home from work.
This particular recipe strengthens your kidneys and liver, and replenishes your Qi (vital energy) and blood to encourage darker hair, better complexion and a stronger body.
The relationship between hair, kidneys and blood
In TCM, the quality of our hair is closely related to our Kidneys and our Blood. TCM describes hair as being “a reflection of the health of our kidneys” and that it is nourished by the blood. In other words, strong kidneys and sufficient blood are required for healthy hair.
This recipe improves the condition of your hair by both strengthening your kidneys and replenishing your blood using herbs such as 何首乌 (Hé Shǒu Wū) and 熟地 (Shú Dì).
Furthermore, nourishing the kidneys can strengthen the knees and waist. Replenishing blood can address the problems of heart palpitations and insomnia due to blood insufficiency too.
The Qi replenishing herbs in this recipe are: 黄芪 (Huáng Qí), 党参 (Dǎng Shēn), 大枣 (Dà Zǎo) These herbs can strengthen your body in general and provide more energy. They also strengthen the Spleen, which helps in digestion and absorption of nutrients to produce more Qi and Blood. Chicken is also a Qi replenishing food item.
Some of the herbs in this recipe including 当归(Dāng Guī), 何首乌(Hé Shǒu Wū), 玉竹 (Yù Zhú), 大枣 (Dà Zǎo), 党参 (Dǎng Shēn) and 黄芪 (Huáng Qí) can help to improve complexion.
党参 (Dǎng Shēn), 黄芪 (Huáng Qí) and 玉竹 (Yù Zhú) are known to have anti-aging effects.