Nourishing Soups To Relieve Menstruation Cramps, Ensure Period Regularity, Nourish Blood & Smoothen The Cycle


A bowl of nourishing Dong Quai soup with hard boiled egg

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A Chinese prescription of herbs for women’s reproductive system health, especially for treating menstruation symptoms and nourish blood

Clockwise from Top :-

Black Dates, Red Dates, Sliced Dong Quai, Wolfberries

Centre :- Whole Dong Quai (Angelica Root)

Hi there, dear friends πŸ˜€

This post is in response to some queries from a blog visitor, Stephanie, who had asked if I have any soup recipes for relieving menstrual cramps, countering fatigue during menstruation, to replenish or nourish blood after the menses, and to relieve arthritic pains in winter months .

Although the menstruation is a monthly affair that most of us have gotten used to with a little sense of irritability at the inconvenience of it all, there are some ladies who dread the coming of their next menses – they experience painful lower abdominal cramps (a friend of mine would bend over, holding her abdomen, suffering from the cramps on the first day of her period). Some feel very tired, to which no amount of rest or sleep seems to help.

For Chinese families here in Malaysia, once a girl reaches puberty and begins the onset of her menses, the mother would start the practice of brewing the Chinese herb, Dong Quai (Angelica Root), monthly for her to drink. This is to ensure that as the girl grows up, her menstruation will be as problem free as possible, with regularity of timing and her blood is nourished as it is purged out through the menses.

The timing of having the Dong Quai herbal soup is very important ===> it must be consumed on the day that the menses has completely stop flowing. Preferably just before bedtime.

Because Dong Quai is a heaty herb, the effects of its heatiness will not be felt because when we are menstruating, we are in the “heaty immunity”mode.Β  Just like during the confinement month for new mothers (within one month after childbirth in the Chinese culture), they can consume lots of heaty foods containing ginger, wine, sesame oil, etc, daily for one month without getting sore throats, headaches, gum pains, which are the signs of heatiness. πŸ˜‰

Secondly, the most goodness from this “women’s herbal soup” (Dong Quai) is reaped when we consume it on the last day of our menstruation.

Dong Quai is most famously known as a herb which is good for women’s health because it can πŸ˜€Β  :-

1) nourish blood

2) improve blood circulation

3) reduce menstruation cramp

4) improves regularity or timing of menstruation

5) help “smoothen” the menstruation cycle, making it as comfortable as possible for women to go through the experience

6) ease some perimenopausal symptoms

In my family, I have 2 daughters and so, I usually remind them to tell me when their menses will finish so that I can prepare the Dong Quai soup for them.

Luckily for us, we love the taste and aroma of Dong Quai and so, we look forward to having this soup. Heheh, whenever I make this soup, I will tell my husband and sons on that day that we are having “Women’s Soup” and they can’t have it. Anyway, they can’t stand the smell of Dong Quai! πŸ™„ πŸ˜†

Dong Quai has a strong, aromatic, bitter smell…a bit like ginseng, but stronger. But when we cook/boil Dong Quai with Black Dates, Red Dates and Wolfberries, its flavour is mellowed out and soup tastes so sweet and good. If we add in some lean chicken or pork, it tastes absolutely delicious (to me and my girls anyway)!

Here is the recipe for Dong Quai Soup (per person) –


Ingredients :-

Dong Guai, sliced into pieces – 1 tahil or 40 gms or 1.4 ounce

8 Black Dates

10 Red Dates

1 heaping tbsp Wolfberries

Water (refer to method for amount required)

*** Optional – Some Lean Meat (can be chicken, or pork) or Hard Boiled Eggs

Dong Quai soup simmering gently in my crockpot – there are some hard boiled eggs in there, too


Method :-

1) Cut around both black and red dates to remove the seeds

2) Arrange all the herbs (and meat, if there is any) into a pot

3) To add water, decideΒ  on method below of cooking the Dong Quai soup to get water amount and duration of cookingΒ  time :-

*** Boiling pot over direct fire/heat on stove put in 3 rice bowls of water (about 250 ml or 1 liquid cup in one rice bowl), bring ingredients to a boil, lower heat to medium fire and simmer until there is 1 rice bowl of water/soup remaining. This takes around 40Β  minutes to 1 hour depending on your fire. Be sure to keep an eye it to prevent drying up or burning.Β  Remove from heat and serve immediately.

*** Cook soup in crockpot or slow cooker –put in 2 rice bowls of water and rest of ingredients and bring to a boil. Thereafter, let simmer for about 5 hours. Remove and serve immediately

*** Cook soup in a double boiler or steam the soup pot in a wok or larger pot on the stove put in 2 rice bowls of water and rest of ingredients and steam for 3 hours.

The purpose of cooking the soup so long is to ensure that all the tastes and goodness of the herbs are totally infused into the soup.

Just drink the soup only and if there is meat, the meat can be eaten with the soup, too. Yummy! πŸ˜€

When I have poured the soup out into bowls for my girls and I to drink, I even reboil the herbs again with a little water for about 20Β  minutes to get a second round of soup, for all that Dong Quai goodness.

Black and Red Dates harmonise the harsh effects of Dong Quai. They imparts a wonderful sweet taste, too.Β  They help to tonify the spleen, improves the stomach and have nourishing qi/chi/energies on the body

Wolfberries also have a sweet taste and are added for healthy eyes – a good ingredient to add as these days, we are straining our eyes more using the computer. πŸ˜‰

For those of you living in the West and you can go to a Chinatown nearby, you can easily find Dong Quai herbs there.

If you can’t buy Dong Quai herbs, I have seen some online store selling Dong Quai powder in capsule form. However, I don’t know how those are to be taken and how effective they are and so, I can’t advise you on that. However, if you are suffering from bad menstruation symptoms, I guess taking Dong Quai powder capsules is better than not taking any form of Dong Quai at all.

The picture below is another typical Chinese prescription for women’s health called “Ba Zhen”….however, I don’t know what some of the ingredients are called as the herbs come prepacked for sale at the Chinese Medical Halls (shops) and one packet of Ba Zhen is for one person’s consumption.

Ba Zhen Soup Ingredients

For Ba Zhen, we just boil the herbs in 3 rice bowls of water until 1 bowl of soup is left. Drink the soup whilst it is still warm. Hard boiled eggs or lean meat can be added when cooking this soup.

For those of you trying these herbal soups for the first time, I hope you like their taste! It takes a while to get used to….but if you are experiencing painful menstruation, these soups are just for you. πŸ˜‰

With best wishes for good women’s health,

choesf πŸ˜€

P.S. The next time I cook some Dong Quai soup, I will post a photo of it here πŸ˜‰

Important Notes :-

1) If you are taking any Western medicine, it is best to wait 2 to 3 hours before you drink the Dong Quai soup, to prevent any contra-indications between them

2) If you are experiencing severe menstruation symptoms, it may take a few months before you notice any improvement, as this soup is only taken once a month and it works gently on you

3) Even if you are not experiencing any menstruation problems, this soup is good to have monthly to maintain good health


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  1. 1

    Stephanie said,

    Thanks sooo very much for this information. I appreciate the time and effort putting this together. I will definitely go shopping during the week to pick up these herbs. I can’t wait to try this! Hugs! Stephanie

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      You are most welcome, dear Stephanie! It was my pleasure sharing this traditional Chinese herbal soup remedy with you. I’m glad you brought the subject up as these days, there are more ladies suffering from menstruation cramps and heavy flow. As I am typing this, I have the Dong Quai soup simmering in my crockpot….I will take some pictures to add on here shortly. πŸ˜‰

      I thought of some preventive steps to take to avoid or reduce menstrual cramps and heave flows :-

      1) avoid drinking cold or iced drinks during the menses….especially iced lemon tea or iced lime tea (commonly known as “teh-O ais limau” here in Malaysia). My daughters and I don’t have any cramps during menses, but during those times that we drank those iced beverages, we got the cramps and the menses flowed heavier.

      It is believed that during the menstruation period (well, that’s what my mom and the elderly people had advised us), our womb is hot/heaty (?), and having cold drinks will cause a “clash” of the yin and yang in our body or something like that (I’m sorry I don’t really know how to explain it).

      2) avoid drinking “cooling” Chinese herbal drinks/teas (called “leong char” in the Cantonese Chinese dialect)

      3) avoid eating pineapple as that will definitely increase the menstrual flow. This is a very common and traditional Chinese belief. When one is pregnant in the first trimester, it is best not to eat any pineapple as it is very cooling and “abrasive” on the womb. Watermelons are cooling, too, but not as bad as pineapples. Eat minimally if one has severe menstrual cramps every month.

      If I have more information on this subject, I will write in the comment box here. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes for good health and hugs back,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear friends πŸ˜€

    I just have uploaded 2 pictures here – one of a bowl of yummy, nourishing Dong Quai soup and another of Dong Quai soup simmering in my crockpot with some hard boiled eggs. πŸ˜‰

    With best wishes,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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  3. 4

    Stephanie said,

    Thank you very much again for your recent captions of the soup. This will allow me to have an idea what the soup should look like after it is simmered. I love the additions of the final product. As of tomorrow, I will be visiting my favorite Chinese food supply store to purchase the items for the soups. The only problem vis that once I am shopping, I end up with so much more than I came in for…lol!! I do love shopping and cooking! I have also applied for admission to Kaplan University here in the States for a BS degree in Nutrition Science and was accepted for the program as of lastweek. I will be doing online studies….hooray!! Just wanted to share that happy news!! Stephanie

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    • 5

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      You are most welcome, dear Stephanie. Yes, I thought also the pictures of the bowl of soup and method of cooking it would give an idea to anyone who is new to Dong Quai. I forgot to mention earlier that Dong Quai also nourishes and protects the female reproductive system, and so, every woman should take this for health.

      Congratulations on been accepted for a BS Degree program in Nutrition Science. I’m glad you are going for that. If I can turn the clock back, I would study Nutrition Science, too, as it is such a fascinating and useful topic. I did Finance in Oregon back in the 80’s. πŸ˜‰

      Heheh, you are like me…everytime I go shopping for herbs and spices…I always buy more than I need. I usually buy my herbs in bulk as they are cheaper then, and I store them in my refrigerator so that they can be kept longer. I have a smaller fridge just for herbs and spices, and a larger fridge to keep all the other stuff. πŸ˜†

      I hope you won’t find the Dong Quai soup yucky….there is no other taste like it in other cuisines and I don’t know how best to describe the taste to you. It has a strong smell but for my family, we love the delicious, unique taste. You got to try it yourself and see how the taste goes. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

      P.S. Over the weekend, I found out about a “Miracle Soup” that can cure many illnesses and ailments, even cancer. I am trying this soup now and will be posting it shortly. It is a very simple to make vegetable soup with a potent combination that can heal a lot of things. πŸ˜€

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        Stephanie said,

        Thanks for your reply. Yes! Do tell about the “Miracle Soup” as I am a health soup fanatic! Over the weekend, my father who is now placed in a nursing home for care came down with the pneumonia. It was a big scare for all of our family because the doctors didn’t think he would survive the weekend. I prayed and asked God to heal him. The food at the home is not prepared with care nor is it nutritious. Just pureed mess on a plate. That is one of the reasons I choose to make food from my home to feed dad. He loves soups and as I speak, I need to replenish my plastic food container supply. I am also cooking and feeding my family as well as others…Dollar store here I come!!! I was on chinese soup lady and looking at a soup that would benefit dad nutritionally in his confinement at the hospital. Do you have a suggestion for a soup for someone recovering from Pneumonia? It has to be more in a broth form and not whole chunky vegetables yet because of swallowing is not good but getting better. Thanks!

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        happyhomemaker88 said,

        You are most welcome, dear Stephanie πŸ˜€

        I am very sorry to hear that your father has pneumonia… ah, you are such a wonderful, loving daughter to cook and bring food to him in a nursing home. Most of the Chinese herbal soups, we just drink the liquid only, although some people like to eat the meat, too.

        I’m afraid I don’t have any recipes for treating pneumonia 😳 here in Malaysia, we would consult a Chinese Physician to get the right herbs. If you can find a Chinese sinseh or physician where you stay, he can check the pulse of your father and his condition and prescribe a suitable herbal formula for his recovery. Otherwise, you can try those shops that sells Chinese herbs – ask them what is good to take for your father’s condition. πŸ˜‰

        I will try to post the “Miracle Soups” asap as I am testing this out and my 6 family members are all having different reactions … and the information is lengthy but very good. So far, the soups are working well…. πŸ˜‰

        Take care and stay healthy!

        With best wishes,

        choesf πŸ˜€

        P.S. If you like, I can put your father in for some free Healing Prayers at Master atan’s Forum – all I need are just his nickname or short name, and country. πŸ˜‰

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  4. 8

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear Stephanie πŸ˜€

    I have posted the “Life Extension Miracle Vegetable Soup and Brown Rice Tea” already. πŸ˜‰

    If you can find the ingredients where you stay, I believe this soup and tea will help in healing your father. πŸ˜‰

    With best wishes,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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  5. 9

    Tyfannie said,

    Thanks for the recipe! :]

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Tyfannie πŸ˜€

      Thank you for recommending my site to your readers and for your comments here. Bless you! πŸ˜€

      May you have a wonderful and happy Year of the Tiger, 2010! πŸ˜€

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    CC said,

    Thanks for the soup recipe. I’m trying this dong quai soup recipe as I have quite bad menstrual cramps. As I’m typing, my dong quai soup is boiling over the stove, I love the aroma. This is the second month I’m drinking this after my menses. This month’s menses was very painful and unbearable, I was throwing up as well..I hope it’s not due to consuming the dong quai last month? Is there such a reaction at the start? Nevertheless, I’m still drinking it this month as I understand that it takes a few months before the dong quai will be effective.

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear CC πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your feedback on taking this soup. I’m sorry to hear of your menstrual experiences. I’m sorry I am not sure if your worse reactions are due to this soup 😳 – it is better that you consult a Chinese physician to check out your symptoms and balance your health. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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  7. 13

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there, dear friends πŸ˜€

    I was at my lady healer friend’s today and she told me about another benefit of taking this herbal soup ==>

    If we get encounter some vaginal discharge with itchiness, this soup will remedy that problem, too. πŸ’‘

    However, if that problem persists after drinking the soup, it is always advisable to consult a doctor.

    With best wishes,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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  8. 14

    tj said,

    hi… thank u so much for this home remedies ^^ i am going to try this later around 5.30pm, haha… thank u so much for posting this and sharing this ^_^

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear tj πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your kind comments. Hope you like this herbal soup. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    jujube said,

    hi there! i just discovered your blog and am hooked!

    am trying to conceive for the first time, in my mid-30s. have some question.

    have started taking an overnight boil of red dates + black dates + honet dates + gojiberries + dangshen for 5 days out of a week (i’ll drink in the morning).

    ??::: should i be drinking this throughout my menstrual cycle, or only the first half/later half? any idea? as it seems with dong guai (which i don’t take, in case it’s too potent), timing is very important.

    ??::: any other suggestion of herbal drinks/soups i can make daily for my purpose? thank you so much.

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Jujube πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your compliments on my blog! πŸ˜€

      For the Dong Quai soup, I have been advised by my healer friend that the soup is to be taken 1 week after the menses has stopped. πŸ’‘

      As to other types of nourishing drinks or soups recommended to increase chances of conception, I’m afraid I don’t have others. 😳 I knpw that our womb has to be kept in a “warm” condition, and so, it is best to avoid too many “cooling” drinks like iced lemon teas, pineapple fruits or juices, mung bean soups, etc. πŸ’‘

      Good Luck and hope you conceive soon!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

      P.S. In case you are interested in some free Feng Shui technique to increase your chances of conception, let me know and I will post the info here. πŸ˜‰

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    Areyou05 said,

    Hi!

    While surfing the net, I came across to your blog on the benefits of drinking herbal soup. This is my first time trying such soup. The reason for me to try the soup is because I have a very bad menstruation cycle. I got my menses when I was 10. At the age of 12 my menses became irregular and had even stopped for almost a year!

    My mum did bring me to see a specialist but I was given a clean bill. Anyway, I have been told that it runs in the family. My mum and her mum had the same problem. Now I am in 30s and married. My menses are still irregular and I am quite worried that I might have difficulties to concieve. So, my Chinese friends adviced me to take this Ba Zhen soup. According to them, it should be taken once my menses ends and I have to drink it every week until my next cycle. Once my I start my menses, I need to stop drinking it until it ends. Just to let you know my menses flow is very little but could reach to 7 days. The blood flow is usually clotted. I know it sounds *eeiiuuww* (sorry to mention this) =(

    Anyway, I am just curious on the taste of this Ba Zhen soup as I will be making it tomorrow for me to drink at night. How does it really taste? Bitter? Sweet? The smell? My mum used to have this black concotion drink which she buys from the sinseh and it has this very strong smell whenever she boils the soup. I tried taking a sip once and it tasted awful.. hehehe.. To tell you the truth I never liked all this jamu, herbal drink or tonic.

    Also, I have a very bad gastric and wind problem. Not to mention poor indigestion too. So, when I read the reviews of this Ba Zhen soup, it is adviced not to take it on a full stomach? Or empty stomach? The soup will cause indigestion? With my gastric/wind/indigestion problems, it’s still ok for me to drink? I am a bit confused because I have been reading most blogs and got mixed up! Hehehe..

    Hope to here from you soon.

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Areyou05 πŸ˜€

      I’m sorry to hear of your menstrual problems. The Ba Zhen herbal soup for ladies’ “health” can be yummy or yucky, depending on one’s taste. It is not bitter but it has many herbal flavours. My daughters and I, however, love the taste of Ba Zhen and Tong Kwai soups.

      For herbal soups that are medicinal in nature, we usually take them on an empty stomach. I also have wind and gastric problems sometimes but so far, the Ba Zhen soup has not caused me any stomach problems.

      Perhaps, to make the soup more palatable to you, you can put in some skinless chicken breast and simmer the soup over a low fire (after bringing ingredients to a boil at first) for about 1 1/2 hours. We usually cook the soup with 2 hard boiled eggs and eat the eggs together with the soup. πŸ’‘

      My lady healer friend told me another home remedy for regularising menstrual cycles is to eat local Kai Lan, to be cooked with a little bit of ginger and garlic and wine (optional). I remember my mom often cooked when I was young and my period has always come on time, very regularly. However, my daughters don’t like this vegetable nor the ginger and so, I didn’t cook Kai Lan for them….heheh, maybe I should make them eat that for health purposes. πŸ˜†

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    Areyou05 said,

    Hi!

    Thanks for the extra info, Now I am really tempted to cook the soup tonight. Thanks also for the Kai Lan recipe. I loveeee Kai Lan but we usually cook it with garlic and oyster sauce. Looks like I should eat that often now. Oh, by the way, on the soup, can I put extra rade dates and wolfberries? Just to make it sweeter?

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good afternoon, dear Areyou05 :D:

      Yes, you can add extra red dates and wolfberries to make the soup sweeter. πŸ’‘

      For the Kai Lan to regulate menstrual cycle, be sure to use the local long Kai Lan variety (the type with the long stems) and not the Hong Kong one. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    Derek Juhl said,

    Here are the ingredients in “Ba zhen”, clockwise from the top: Chinese angelica root (dang gui), codonopsis root (dang shen), black dates (da zao), actractylodes (bai zhu), licorice (it appears to be honey-fried in this photo, zhi gan cao), peony root (if red, then chi shao), ligusticum (chuan xiong), polyporous scleroticum (fu ling), and prepared rehmannia (shu di huang).

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Thank you very much for providing the ingredients for Ba Zen, dear Derek! πŸ˜€

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    happytofindyoursite said,

    I am happy to have found your site – it is very informative. Thank you. My daughter who is currently 14 has irregular periods. Sometimes every 2 or 2 1/2 weeks. Sometimes will have very light flow and other times very heavy with some clotting. Dr. says during first three years it’s not regular. I would like to try dong quai but seems with the irregularity it’s hard to do. Can you also tell me if the ka lan which you mentioned in an earlier posting is the same as what some call chinese broccoli? I reside in Ny and they sell the long and short. What does the ginger do? Does stress have effect on menses? Also, Do you have any soup suggestions for someone with seasonal allergies (pollen). Thank you. I will be trying your soups.

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      Hi there, dear happytofindyoursite πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your compliments for my blog.

      I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s condition…hope the Kai Lan can help her. I haven’t tried that for period regularity as my girls have regular cycles. Yes, the Kai Lan is also known as Chinese Broccoli. πŸ’‘

      My healer friend told me the variety with longer stems are more effective than the shorter Hong Kong Kai Lan type. Try to get Kai Lan that look like those in the links below :-

      http://www1.vegplugs.co.uk/products/Chinese-Broccoli-Seeds-%28Kailaan%29-%27THICK-STEM-WINTER%27-.html

      http://greenmediasf.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/chinese-broccoli/

      I’m not sure what the ginger does 😳 but we usually have that with some garlic and a splash of Shao Hsing wine in our Kai Lan dish. However, you can omit the ginger and just use garlic if your family doesn’t like ginger in their vegetables.

      Yes, stress can affect the menses, too. There is another Chinese Herbal pack called “Ba Zhen” – that can help with menses/period, too and your daughter can take that when her menses has finished for cycle. πŸ’‘

      I will ask about soup recipes or other remedies for seasonal allergies and will post here again once I have the information. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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        happytofindyoursite said,

        Thank you. With the Kai Lan, should eat the leaf and the stem? I will look into the Ba Zhen – I think I’ve seen it in the supermarket. I’m always a bit hesitant to give her herbs thinking she’s still young but I guess if she has her menses she’s technically a young woman. So the Ba Zhen is for after the cycle?
        Have a wonderful day.

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    happytofindyoursite said,

    is your dong quai soup similar to the ba zhen?
    thanks again

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      Hi there, dear happytofindyoursite πŸ˜€

      The Dong Quai and Ba Zhen herbs are different and taste different, too – you can refer to the pictures above for Dong Quai Soup and Ba Zhen Soup ingredients. πŸ’‘

      For the Kai Lan, yes, both the stems and leaves can be eaten. πŸ˜‰

      Both the soups’ herbal taste can be quite strong (but my daughters and I love their unique tastes πŸ˜† ) and I hope your daughter won’t mind.

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    jann said,

    Thank you for your comments.

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    Janine said,

    wow just by reading your post and comments i’ve learnt so much about many new remedies – which is just perfect for me to try soon since i always suffer every month :/

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      Hi there, dear Janine πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your comments. Hope this soup will work for you, too. πŸ’‘

      Wow, you are very good at baking…I love your blog! πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    Hi there, dear friends πŸ˜€

    I reached 50 years old a few months back and I am currently suffering from perimenopausal (before menopause or menses stopped for 1 year) effects due to drastic hormonal fluctuations and changes.

    While it is known that women around this age should not consume Dong Kwai or Ba Zhen due to their overly heaty and “poh” qualities, I was recently advised by my Chinese Medicine Shop boss to take about 3 to 4 think slices of Dong Kwai twice a month to smoothen my perimenopausal symptoms. πŸ’‘

    The Dong Kwai is to be double boiled in a rice bowl of water together with a handful of red and black dated for 2 hours.

    It is good to have the 2 soups above every month for those ladies who have started menstruating. This will help you in having a relatively smoother perimenopausal years later on. I seldom have these soups throughout my life and now, I am having a rocky time. 😳

    I have had a lot of feedback from friends who took Evening Primrose Oil regularly when they were young (in addition to those 2 soups above) and they hardly suffer from any perimenopause symptoms. I didn’t take Evening Primrose Oil either. 😳

    With best wishes,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    P.S. Recently, I have learned from the Western Traditional Herbal tradition that we can also take Motherwort Tincture ot Motherwort Tea to ease PMS, period cramps, insufficient period flow, period irregularity, anxiety, and even , perimenopause eymptoms,. Do read my post on Motherwort below πŸ’‘ ===>

    https://happyhomemaker88.com/2012/08/31/whoo-hooo-i-found-dried-motherwort-an-amazing-herb/

    You can add a handful of dried Motherwort to your Ba Zhen for improving ladies’ health.

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    Bianca said,

    Hello dear,

    Well I just wanna say that I find you as a good person, who have a genuinely good heart. Bless you always and your family…

    Bianca

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      Hi there, dear Bianca πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for your very encouraging and kind comments – I really appreciate that! πŸ˜€

      May you and your family be prosperous, healthy and blessed always!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    Desai said,

    Hi there. I have just put to boil this soup and then read this website which says to have the soup on the last day of the month. I am only day 2 and suffering with heavy cramping. What should I do? Can I put it in the fridge once it is cooked and warm it up on day 5 or 6 of my cycle? Will the soup last that long? Or should I give it to my husband to drink instead? Or should I forget the wasted cost and just throw it out? I would be grateful your advice. Thank you.

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    • 38

      Hi there, dear Desai πŸ˜€

      I am sorry for the late reply 😳 – I don’t think this soup can last for so long and it is such a waste to throw it away. It is also too heaty to give your husband. Maybe you can drink it? Usually, we don’t take this tonic soup during our menses because that is the time to discharge toxins in our body.

      Hope this helps…

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    Desai said,

    Thank you. How many days do you think it can last in the fridge? 2 days? And then should I re heat it before drinking? If I drink it tomorrow it would have been in the fridge 2 days and I will be day 4 when at least most of the bleeding has already stopped. What do you think? It’s is also good to know for future as sometimes if I am at work and will not have time to make it, I can make it in advance and store it.

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      Hi there, dear Desai πŸ˜€

      I am not sure how long we can keep this soup in the fridge 😳 as we usually drink it right away. You can make the soup on weekends as the soup would be freshest then for maximum effects. πŸ’‘

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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  22. 41

    Desai said,

    Okay, thank you.

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  23. 42

    EmilyT said,

    Hello, just want to drop by to say thanks for the information. I just made Ba Zhen soup with egg and absolutely love it! Can’t wait to make Dong Guai soup next! πŸ™‚

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    marilyn said,

    Hey there! I have angilica root slice that I bought at the Chinese store because I’m very irregular and I would like to know can I make my own soup of any kind to help nourish my blood to get regular or do I have to do the soup recipe for this root to help? I’m Hispanic and I make my own soup and I’ll just add the root can I do that? And will angelica root slice help regulate my period?

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    • 45

      Hi there, marilyn πŸ˜€

      Yes, you can make your own soup with just using the angelica root – put about 5 large slices with 2 cups of water into a pot and simmer for about 40 minutes – you should have just a cup of water after that. You can add a little chicken breast if you want more flavour. Angelica root is very good for regulation periods and for menstrual cramps, too. Take this soup like weekly until you are better, and thereafter, just take this once a month, when you menses have finished for that month. πŸ’‘

      Hope this works for you!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    alialianda said,

    Hi, thanks for describing your experience with this soup! You say that you drink the soup and eat the meat/eggs you add in. But do you also eat the dong quai and dates and berries with the soup? Or are those discarded?

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    Ellen Tan said,

    May I know what is Fook Sun in chinese. Medical Hall in singapore don’t seems to know this herb

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      Hi there, Ellen πŸ˜€

      I don’t know how to write in Chinese – Fook Sun is in Cantonese and it looks like a large piece of white stuff, similar to Wai San, which is smaller.

      You can skip Fook Sun if you can’t get it.

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    Joanne said,

    My daughter has got hypothyroid n has not been having her menses. Whenever I boil pat chun for her it is very heaty for her. She will have either severe headache or nose bleed.

    Is there any soup that can improve her health.

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      Hi there, dear Joanne πŸ˜€

      I am sorry to hear about your daughter’s condition 😦 . Perhaps, she can go see a good Chinese Physician for both her menses and hypothyroidism? That will be a better way to address the root cause and solve the problems once and for all.

      Last year, I had a 2-inch big thyroid growth and the doctors at the hospital recommended surgery. I said to give me two months, during which I quickly saw my Chinese Physician weekly. He gave me Chinese herbal medicine and after 2 months, my doctors said I don’t need surgery anymore as my growth has gone down 80% (it is 100% gone today) and my thyroglobulin hormone levels which was extremely high, was in the normal range again.

      So, nowadays, I always recommend people to go see a good Chinese Physician.

      Hope your daughter gets well soon!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    Ian Gomes said,

    Thank you for your recipe I will cook for my gf so she don’t feel too much discomfort during her period…

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