Ingredients For Soup
Delicious Soup Remedy For Insomnia & Restless Sleep
Good evening from KL, dear friends
I thought I better post here the 2 remedies that I had used last night to help me have a good night’s sleep….
For the past week, I have been busy most of the time and despite going to bed tired, my sleep wasn’t of good quality. I would wake up many times during the night, unable to go back to sleep, and come the time to wake up, I would be too exhausted to get out of bed – even when I was in bed for 8 hours!
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there is a vicious cycle happening when we don’t sleep well at night – the lack of sleep or sleeping much later in the night (usually after midnight) will result in a build-up of “heatiness” in our body. But when there is heatiness in our body, then we may experience a poor quality of sleep. What is considered poor quality of sleep is when we have many dreams at night, we wake up very often, and the most telling sign is when we wake up very tired and not refreshed at all. Another sure symptom of heatiness affecting us is when we wake up with “gummy” or “gunky” eyes. Often during the day, a “heavy” head with mild tension headaches are experienced.
On Tuesday, I brought my husband (who was also not feeling well) to see my healer/massage lady for an acuppressure and massage treatment and it was then that she reminded me to make this nutritious soup to counter the heatiness that was affecting my sleep. She called this heatiness a “heatiness that affects our heart” and that was causing all those frequent dreams and even nightmares. So, yesterday I had cooked this soup for dinner and I noticed that about an hour after I had this soup, I feel myself more relaxed and lighter in spirit. Often when we are heaty, we feel tensed, foggy brained and lethargic.
So, I would like to share this recipe with those of you that are interested in trying this soup remedy for a good night’s sleep -
Easy, Nutritious Soup For Good, Restive Sleep
Ingredients (serves 6) -
600 gms Tai Bak Choy vegetables
Some salted fish bones – about 250 gms
1 large block soft Tofu
500 gms pork ribs or pork bones, washed
3 slices ginger
1 tsp white pepper
3 litres water
1) Wash vegetables and cut into 1-inch lengths
2) Wash salted fish. In a little bit of oil, fry ginger slices for 1 minute and then fry salted fish bones for about 3 minutes until fragrant.
3) Cut Tofu into 1-inch chunks
4) Bring water to a boil. Add in all the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Lower to small heat and simmer soup for 4 hours.
5) Taste the soup and if it is not salty enough, you can add a little salt.
I especially love to eat the Tofu and soft vegetables as they are so delicious and I will have a giant bowl of this.
This soup is very cooling and will balance the heatiness in our body. The Tai Bak Choy is said to be extremely cooling and therefore, this soup must be boiled for the recommended time to cut down the overly cooling properties to make it more “balanced”.
A word of caution though, it is advised that those of you with backaches not drink too much of this soup as its cooling properties can aggravate the backaches. Personally, I have lower backaches from an old injury but they don’t get worse whenever I have this soup.
Bon Appetit! :D