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!
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Renee | The Good Hearted Woman says
It feels so much better using natural methods for addressing health issues.
I learned so much with this post-thank you! I will be trying this soon!
Thanks for all the information. Your directions and tips are so helpful. Everything is so nicely explained.
This dish looks great and I like that you add herbs to it. Great recipe for fall.
wow! I didn't know a soup like this existed! I can't wait to try it!
WoW! I can't get over how much better I feel after having this soup! Big fan!
This soup has so many benefits especially when you're tired glad its easy to make.
happy to learn more about Chinese herbal soups that works wonders to our body, this herbal soup is so good.
Moop Brown says
I appreciate how informative this recipe post is and the variety of different health benefits that come with this soup- thanks!
i hope it helps you and it makes cooking easier!
Chandice Probst says
I’ve had adrenal fatigue and I love that this is a natural remedy. Thank you so much for the way to follow instructions.
Cheers to healthy living and replenished energy!
This dish is totally new to me, so I love how much information you give about it on this post! It makes me feel more confident that I can make it just right!
so happy to hear that it helps you!
Sounds like a wonderful soup. I will check my local Asian shop for the ingredients, can't wait to try!
anything to relieve stress and tension and overworked adrenals looks like a yummy idea to me!
absolutely! especially nowadays when anxiety is so high!
We all struggle with adrenal fatigue especially during the holidays, this is such an important recipe to help with that. I can’t wait to try it!
happy holidays and hope you feel well rested!
I haven't had this in so long as I never knew what the recipe was. My in-laws would make it and the measurements were never exact haha. Thanks for this!
The measurements doesn't have to be too exact for this recipe - if you're used to making this like me, i usually just take a handful of each base ingredient.
Love all of the health benefits of this soup!
this soup is soooo soothing!
How interesting! Thank you for a very informative post and great recipe - lots of new information for me. Thank you!
Hope this helps you!
Megan Ellam says
I love this recipe! So easy and so delicious! Thanks for sharing!
I love recipes that I can make overnight!
Kayla DiMaggio says
What an interesting soup! I am super into wellness and this soup was amazing! I loved all the bright flavors.
This soup is very mellow and full of amazing benefits!
This was delicious soup, and I normally don't eat pork. I can't wait to make it weekly and see if it helps with my chronic tiredness. Thank you!
oh you can skip the pork if you don't prefer the pork shank or tenderloin and sub with cashews. But personally I like adding pork for soups because of the added nutritious.
My Chinese friends will be surprised if I make this for them. I like to learn more Chinese recipes.
that will be a nice surprise!
This soup looks so wonderful, can I omit the pork? Or is it used for additional flavoring? I just love the array of ingredients you used!
you can omit meat if you prefer and substitute with cashews or walnuts
Loved this soup, was so flavourful. Great recipe.
This is a wonderful soup that is suitable for almost everyone!
I'm always on the hunt for food that has medicinal properties. This was such an informative (and interesting) recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Hope the added info helps you!