Tonic Soup

Tonic soup to remove dampness from the body (serving size: 4 people)

5 October 2012
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that seafoods such as fish, shrimps and crabs would help to accumulate dampness and heat evil in the body whereas excessively oily, spicy or hot-natured foods should also be avoided. It is also believed that excessively sweet foods would help to increase internal dampness, so they should be avoided and eaten as little as possible. Many people think eczema patients should avoid beef; however, though beef could cause problems in some people, yet not all eczema patients must avoid beef. By the same token, not all patients must abstain from the same type of food, depending on individual conditions.

Aside from a strict restraint on food intake, we can also take the following tonic soups to eliminate dampness in our body:

Dampness-removing soup (serving size: 4 people)


3 liang Glabrous Greenbrier Rhizome (土茯苓),

1 liang Coix seeds (Job’s Tears 薏仁),

2 liang hyacinth bean (Semen Lablab Album白扁豆),

1 liang Officinal Magnolia bark (厚樸)

2 liang Phaseolus calcaratus (赤小豆),

1 liang Chinese yam (淮山),

2 slices dried tangerine peel,

4 honey dates (大棗),

half a jin lean pork, and

add salt to taste.


1.Rinse the Coix seeds (Job’s Tears 薏仁), hyacinth bean, and Phaseolus calcaratus and soak in water for 1 hour.

2.Rinse the lean pork and put it and all other ingredients (rinsed) in a pot.

3.Add 10~12 bowls of water and bring it to a boil before turn down the heat to cook for 2 hours.

4.Add salt to taste and serve.


This is a translation of a Chinese article based on information provided by a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner in Hong Kong. The food remedy information is for reference only; if you have any doubt, please consult a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

*jin, liang and qian are traditional Chinese weight units.

In modern China,

1 jin is equal to 1.102 lb;

1 liang (tael) is equal to 0.1 jin or 50 gm (1.764 oz)

1 qian is equal to 0.1 liang, or exactly 5 gm (0.1764 oz) and

1 fan is equal to 0.1 qian, or exactly 0.5 gm (0.01764 oz).

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