Chinese Soup TherapyAcupuncturist Damon Lee

Chinese cooking is a very complicated art that is generally divided into two major styles: the Northern and the Southern. Soup is one of the most common dishes routinely served before meals or in between other dishes. Soups range from the most common Wonton and vegetable soup to the very expensive 'Shark Fin' and 'Buddha jump-over the wall' soups. In accordance with their geographical regions, lifestyles, weather conditions, material supplies and local prevalent diseases such as the common cold, arthritis, heat stroke and muscle pains, people developed the art of soup cooking.

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About Chinese Soup Therapy

The Chinese believe that soup is very nutritious and can easily be absorbed, giving the body and its tissues a fast supply of building materials and energy. Different bodily organs are also cleansed depending on the ingredients used in each special soup. Herbs are commonly included in therapeutic soup, and the soup is then usually named under the main therapeutic herbs or its usage. There are different ways to make a nice pot of soup.

Finding Ingredients

Most Chinese families do carry a small amount of herbal food for cooking use. These ingredients can be purchased from Chinese grocery stores or herb shops. Here, Chinese characters are written after the English names and you can simply make a copy to show the staff at the grocery store. If you cannot finish the soup, store it in the refrigerator for the next day. Herbal soup should be reheated in the microwave or on the stove. All ingredients should be washed before cooking.

Making a Nice Pot of Soup

The Chinese believe that soup is very nutritious and can easily be absorbed, giving the body and its tissues a fast supply of building materials and energy. Different bodily organs are also cleansed depending on the ingredients used in each special soup. Herbs are commonly included in therapeutic soup, and the soup is then usually named after the main therapeutic herbs or its usage. There are different ways to make a nice pot of soup. For best results, please follow these instructions:

The Keys to Soup-making:

  • Proper Ingredients
  • Cooking utensils, usually ceramic pots are best, and second choice is stainless steel
  • Degree of heat: high, medium, low and simmer
  • Cooking time and / or water level
  • Time of soup consumption
  • Consumption frequency: daily, every other day or on occasion (as indicated)