Easy, Nutritious Soup Remedy For Restless Sleep & Insomnia


Ingredients For Soup


Delicious Soup Remedy For Insomnia & Restless Sleep

Good evening from KL, dear friends πŸ˜€

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 sureΒ  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 thatΒ  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 SleepΒ 

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 waterΒ 

Method –

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.Β 

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. πŸ˜€

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”.Β 

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! πŸ˜€Β 


4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    sweetrosie said,

    Good morning choesf- I hope that you are rested and your day is bright and happy.
    That pork chop dinner looks ABSOLUTELY delicious. A beautiful family meal. Your family must feel very loved. It is the soup for heatiness that has me intrigued though. choesf, where would I find salted fish bones, and is there a substitute? Also, what exactly is a pork rib? The meaty rasher type belly pork, or the American style “boney” ribs?
    I do suffer from poor sleep, as do my husband and daughter on occasion. I am interested in the principles behind Chinese humoral medicine, we often remark to one another that we feel too “heaty” when we are sluggish and full feeling, or lethargic.
    Thank you for sharing choesf. Your frankness in sharing your own problems has helped me.
    Enjoy your festival weekend x


  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Good afternoon, dear sweetrosie πŸ˜€

    Hehe, I went to bed quite late as I had ended up using the comp longer. However, I did have a very good sleep and I woke up at 7am, sent my daughter to work and went to the market to get my things ready for tomorrow’s Winter Solstice Festival meal.

    Thank you for your lovely compliments….when I am in a good mood, I can cook up a feast! πŸ™„ πŸ˜†

    Regarding the soups for heatiness, there are actually many types of soups for different kinds of heatiness….here, when we can’t sleep well, my healer lady calls this type of heatiness a dry heatiness that has gone deep into our body. So, she recommended this soup for restless sleep or problems having a good night’s sleep.

    The pork ribs or bones are those parts of the bones with just a little meat left on them…usually, we use bones in our soups for a sweeter flavour. But there are some who will use lean pork (from pork chops) in their soups, too. What I had shown in the picture above is the part of the pork chops where some of the meat has been removed. We can also use the actual pork ribs, where the pork belly meat has been cut off.

    The salted fish bones are the skeletal leftovers from a whole salted fish (including the fish head), whereby the meat has been cut into slices for sale. So, the salted fish bones are sold separately and at a cheaper price. What I had used here were the bones from a salted mackerel fish (Ikan Kurau). It is am important ingredient in this soup as the salted fish helps to lower the level of heatiness in our body.

    Regarding your query as to whether there is any substitute for the salted fish, actually I have the pictures for another soup that I made a few weeks ago that is also for reducing heatiness in our body and I will post this recipe for you tomorrow evening. It uses white radish, carrots, and the balancing ingredient with the cooling properties of radish is Chinese Roast Pork Knuckle (or we call it Trotters).

    Watercress Soup is cooling too, in addition to being good for detoxifying our lungs and my healer lady recommended this soup for smokers. πŸ˜‰

    I am very happy to share the recipes of these traditional nutritious and natural soups and meals, because I feel that this is a dying “art” or “knowledge” that has been passed on down by our elders….as these days, the younger generation do not cook much and whenever they don’t feel well, they would just visit the doctor for some medication.

    I wish you a wonderful and relaxing weekend ahead, sweetrosie!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  3. 3

    Sherry said,

    Hi Choesf…
    I have just recently discovered your site and your teachings. Thank you for sharing so much more than Feng Shui. I too am a FS practioner. My question is about lethargy… seems no matter what I do… I can’t get to a feel good space. I have HBP and sleeplessness, hot flashes, though post menopausal (apparently HBP is cause)… with so many things I am off to the market to find ingredients for the soups and teas. Any other suggestions… as my business is gone as I don’t feel good enough to do anything. thank you


    • 4

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Sherry πŸ˜€

      I am very sorry to hear of your health and your business. Lethargy can be an obstacle to everything we do in life and can affect our drive, zest and moods.

      From the physical point, you can try the Miracle Vegetable Soup by Dr. Tateshi Kazu – I have been making the soup for my family to drink since a month plus ago. It has certainly addressed my hot flash problem and I sleep very well these nights (too deep sometimes and I find it hard to wake up the next morning)…go through comments at the bottom of that post for the various feedback from myself and a few people who are also trying out the soup. πŸ˜‰

      I’m glad you are a FS practitioner, too. I have followed a few schools of Feng Shui and only had great success with improving the energies in my home as well as in wealth and happiness since I followed Master atan’s easy techniques. From the energy point of view, perhaps you can try out his methods to counter your lethargy (I know his Salt & Coins Cure will help somewhat as there could be many caused to your lethargy) as well as improve your business. πŸ˜‰

      Register at his FORUM, and you can get free advice as well instructions on how to make your own cures and enhancers (they don’t cost much). There is also a lot of information there to address each aspect of our life. πŸ˜‰

      For those new to Master atan, he has a step-by-step guide on How to Feng Shui 2010 HERE – follow that, it’s easy. πŸ˜€

      Good Luck! πŸ˜€

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


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