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Preparing herbal soup


It is very important to use only non metallic pots and containers in the preparation of Chinese medicines.  Metallic pots and containers will leach harmful metal into the herbal brew. Pyrex glass stove top cookware, clay cookware (may be obtained in Chinese hardware stores) and cookware that has a ceramic coating is safe to use.

You will require one pot that can hold 1.5 Liters and one container that can store 1.5 Liters.


Empty the dry contents of one medicinal pouch into a non metallic pot. Add 1 Liter of filtered cold water. Soak the contents for a minimum of ½ an hour.

Once the contents have absorbed much of the water – drain and discard the remaining liquid.


Add 1 Liter of fresh filtered water to the wet contents in the pot.

Place the pot on the stove top and bring to a boil. Boil the brew on high for 5 minutes then lower the heat and simmer for ½ hour to 45 minutes or until ¼ of the liquid has evaporated.  Drain and save this stock/ brew into a non metallic container – this is your first batch of medicinal tea.  You should have 750 ml of this liquid.


Add a fresh liter of water into the pot with the drained contents. Boil the contents a second time. On high for 5 minutes and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer the brew for ½ an hour to 45 minutes or until ¼ of the liquid has evaporated.  Drain this liquid (750 ml) into the container that has your first batch of medicinal soup. Discard the wet contents.

You should now have a total of 1 ½ Liters of medicinal soup.  Sip this herbal brew throughout the entire day.  Make sure you finish all of the medicinal soup by the end of the day.


Note: Boiling the medicine in two batches is the traditional method in which Chinese medicine is prepared. Boiling only one large batch will not be as effective in extracting the greatest amount of medicinal properties from the herbs/roots.  



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