Recovery Herbal Chicken Soup

This is classically what mothers cook for their daughters who just gave birth. The soup is very nourishing. It tonifies both blood and qi. It helps the body to recover faster after big events such as giving birth, athletic events or recovering from an illness. You can take it long term and eat it everyday. For postpartum, it is traditionally given for 40 days so new moms have the energy to produce breast milk and recover from childbirth.

Postpartum depression in Chinese Medicine in considered to be a function of blood loss. The ingredients in this soup work together harmoniously to give you more energy.

You find all the ingredients at an Asian supermarket. We have ready made packages also at our clinic that can be shipped directly to you.


  • 1/2 lb dried ginger
  • 1 gallon of rice wine
  • 2 gallons of water
  • 1-2 black chickens
  • 5 lbs. chicken bones or chicken feet (wrapped in cheesecloth)
  • 1 cup  dried red dates
  • 1/2 cup dried goji berries
  • 3/4 cup dried longan
  • 2 oz. dried snow fungus
  • 3 oz. black wood ear mushrooms

This recipe is adapted from Mama Tong Soup. If you live in the Bay Area, you can get ready made soup delivered to you via the Good Eggs community. Their website has beautiful pictures of ingredients and recipes: