What many Chinese families have known for centuries is now becoming better known here in the west. The combination of everyday cooking with traditional Chinese herbs makes for a delicious and incredibly healthy meal that increases your energy level, reduces stress, and supports your immune system.
In fact, many Chinese herbs such as ginger, licorice root, dates, wheat, and barley are also common foods that also have important health benefits. These types of herbs are commonly referred to as food grade herbs or kitchen medicine and have greater benefit when used in combination rather than using individual herbs alone.
Many Chinese cooks will add simple herbs such as ginger (Sheng Jiang), Angelica root (Dang Gui), and Ginseng (Ren Shen) to chicken soup or stew for an energy enhancing, immune boosting dish that is as healthy as it is delicious. Other herbs such as Gou Qi Zi, commonly known as Goji berries make an excellent snack or provide a tasty addition to sautéed asparagus or broccoli.
The art of combining Chinese herbs with food has become so popular in China that there are now restaurants where a doctor will assess your current condition and then tell you exactly what to order off the menu. This concept takes individualized medicine combined with the power of food and a healthy diet to a whole new level.