Are you exhausted all the time? Si Shen Tang 四神湯 is a very effective and economic Traditional Chinese Herbal soup packet that helps to treat anxiety and adrenal fatigue symptoms. It can also lower blood sugar, reduce edema, restore kidney functions, boost Qi and blood reproduction.
Si Shen Tang Ingredients 四神藥材包括
Sishen Tang consists of four main ingredients: 芡實 Euryale Ferox, Poria Cocos (wolfiporia cocos) 茯苓, 淮山 / 山藥 Dioscorea polystachya and 淮山 / 山藥 Dioscorea polystachya.
In addition, other Chinese herbs can be added to the soup to target and enhance specific deficiencies such as Coix seeds 薏仁, Dried Lily 百合, Codonopsis pilosula 黨參 or Angelica sinensis 當歸.
Health Benefits of Chinese Herbs
芡實 Euryale Ferox - foxnuts are neutral and help to tonifies the Spleen, promote digestion and restrain abnormal discharge of fluids. This herb stabilizes, binds, and is used with other herbs to treat a specific "deficiency." Euryale Ferox is rich in starch, fat, protein, calcium, iron, etc.
Poria Cocos (wolfiporia cocos) 茯苓 - Poria Cocos is a mushroom that grows on the roots of Pine trees. It is neutral in nature and tastes sweet-bland. It helps to reduce water retention and dampness. Its main medicinal benefit is calming the heart and spirit, improving and strengthening the spleen and stomach, and resolving phlegm.
淮山 / 山藥 Dioscorea polystachya – Commonly referred to as Chinese yam, Huai Shan has a sweet, neutral characteristic. Individuals with spleen deficient 脾虚 will find improvements in their digestive system. It promotes urination and inhibits gastric cleansing properties. Huai Shan targets kidney, lung, and spleen channels 腎﹐肺﹐脾. It can also help reduce blood sugar and blood pressure, improve antibodies, anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, and improve vitality.
蓮子 Lotus Seed / Semen Nelumbinis Nuciferae – Dried lotus seeds are sweet and promote the spleen, kidney and heart. Those who have insomnia will find comfort in ‘de-heating’ properties of lotus seeds. Lotus seeds also reduce hemorrhaging.
百合 Lily Bulbs / Lilium lancifolium – Lily bulbs’ nature is cold and helps lower heat, relieve coughs, dry throats and other respiratory conditions like chronic bronchitis, asthma, etc. Its properties treat restlessness and irritability and promote restful sleep.
Optional Chinese Herbs for Si Shen Tang
Raw Coix Seed 生薏米 - It has the appearance of a deep concave on one side. Its primary characteristics removes dampness and wind - suitable to drink during Spring. Its nature is cold and suitable for people with a hot body. Raw coix seeds invigorates the spleen, relieve diarrhea, improves spleen and intestinal pain.
Codonopsis Pilosula 黨參 - codonopsis pilosula benefits include invigorating the spleen, lungs, tonifies Qi and enriches the blood. In addition, this mild herb is excellent at relieving fatigue. Codonopsis hosts similar properties to Ginseng but is much gentler.
Angelica Sinensis 當歸 - Dong Guai Angelica Sinensis benefits help to tonifies and nourish the blood. In additional, it promotes circulation, reduces dysmenorrhea and regulates irregular menstruation and insomnia. Dong Guai's nature is warm and tastes pungent and sweet. Therefore, Angelica Sinensis targets the spleen, heart and liver meridians.
Si Shen Tang Benefits and Cooking Tips
- The ingredients have a miraculous ability to soften hard particles (constipation, hardened cholesterol, etc.) within the body.
- Helps to reduce high blood pressure, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Make this soup overnight in an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker for next morning's hot breakfast!
- You can also add chicken meat (skin removed - I recommend drumsticks or chicken breast), spareribs for added nutrition. If you prefer to make this a vegan soup, you can add cashews.
- Option to add in Setaria viridis (狗尾草) to help with digestion and boost immune.
Shenling Baizhu San 參苓白朮散
Sishen Tang ingredients is also the same ingredients as the first part of Shenling Baizhu San 參苓白朮散 - 茯苓、山药、莲子、薏苡仁、人参、白术、白扁豆、砂仁、桔梗、甘草、大棗。
Sishen Tang ingredients is used to treat dampness, heatiness, indegestion, weak stomache and spleen.
Cooking Tips On How To Make Four Herbs Soup
It is important to soak, wash and drain the herbal ingredients. This will help remove dusts and debris.
Si Shen Tang is mild in flavour however, it is very soothing. To enhance the flavour and boost nutrition, opt to add pork tenderloin or even dried scallops. For vegetarian or vegan Si Shen Tang, you can add dried figs or dried dates to add sweetness.
Si Shen Tang is a quick and easy Chinese herbal that can be made stove-top, slow cooker or a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot.
- Stove Top - 90 minutes
- Slow cooker - 2 hours
- Pressure cooker - 20 minutes
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Si Shen Tang Herbal Soup for Managing Adrenal Fatigue 四神湯
Are you exhausted all the time? Si Shen Tang 四神湯 is a very effective and economic Traditional Chinese Herbal soup packet that helps to treat adrenal fatigue and anxiety. It can also lower blood sugar, reduce edema, restore kidney functions, boost Qi and blood reproduction and reduce insomnia.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 1
- Total Time: 21 minutes
- Yield: 2-4 persons 1x
- Category: Soup
- Method: Boil
- Cuisine: Chinese, TCM
Si Shen Tang Chinese Herbal Soup Packets
- 50 g Euryale ferox 芡實 50克
- 40 g Lotus seed 蓮子 40克
- 40 g Chinese yam 淮山 40克
- 40 g Poria cocos 茯苓 40克
- 1 lbs pork tenderloin 瘦肉 1磅
- 1 L water 水
- salt to taste 鹽少許
(Optional - please consult your TCM practitioner to diagnose which is suitable for your body constituent)
- 40g Coco seeds 薏仁 40克
- 40g Dried Lily百合 40克
- 25g Codonopsis pilosula 黨參 or Angelica Sinensis 當歸 25克
- Soak herbs for 20 mins, wash and drain herbs
- Parboil pork tenderloin
- Add all ingredients to a large pot of boiling water.
- Boil for 20 mins and reduce heat to simmer for 1 hour.
- Serve and enjoy!
- 一起置於鍋中，加入清水，先用大火煮沸，再用小火煮20分鐘。 加入鹽少許調味。
Make this soup overnight for a hot breakfast the next day!
Keywords: sishen tang, 四神湯, Chinese herbal soup, tcm, tradtional chinese medicine, chinese medicinal food therapy, adrenal fatigue, exhaustion, Chinese breakfast, breakfast
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