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August 3, 2010

Where can I get some turtle soup?

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:01 am

I have been going to a Chinese doctor and taking acupuncture treatments to overcome the effects of a stroke.  The treatments are working very well and I am feeling much better.  This morning I woke up feeling like my old self, and now I’m typing with both hands for the first time since the stroke two weeks ago.

Yesterday, I asked the doctor some questions for the first time.  I asked what he could tell from taking my pulse, and he told me that I had a weak kidney on the left side.  He said that weak kidneys are a precursor of diabetes, and that diabetes is one of the factors that can lead to a stroke.  So I asked the doctor how I could improve my weak kidney.

My Chinese doctor told me that to cure a weak kidney, one should eat turtle soup.  Naturally, I inquired if there is any other cure because I don’t think I would ever eat turtle soup.  Not that I’ve ever tasted turtle soup.  The doctor assured me that there is nothing else that can be used.  It’s turtle soup or nothing.

I then asked if I could buy turtle soup in a can or order it in a restaurant.  The doctor told me that turtle soup is not available in a can and it is not served in restaurants, not even Chinese restaurants.  “But surely it would be available in China town in San Francisco,” I said.   No! Not even in San Francisco!

Turtle soup must be cooked at home, and it takes 10 to 12 hours.  My Chinese doctor told me that the stuff that cures a weak kidney is in the turtle shell and the long cooking releases the medicinal ingredient into the broth.  One does not have to eat the turtle meat because the cure is in the broth.  The good news is that one only has to eat turtle soup twice a year to maintain good health.

On my way out of the doctor’s office, the receptionist gave me a recipe for turtle soup, complete with the name and address of a store in my city which sells the ingredients.  I find it hard to believe that turtle soup cannot be obtained anywhere, not even in San Francisco.  I dread the thought of cooking a live turtle for 12 hours, but I want to get well.  Any suggestions?  Surely someone has put the active ingredient in a turtle shell into pill form.

9 Comments

  1. Hi
    my sister has the exact same symptoms as your health and i am thinking of bringing him to a Chinese doctor too but can u email me the turtle soup recipe? As with that i can ask the Chinese doctor whether the recipe is appropriate for him?

    Thanks a lot. Would appreciate it if u email me as soon as possible. Sorry for the trouble.

    Comment by Mukul — August 27, 2014 @ 10:39 am

  2. Turtle soup was the first course for our Christmas Eve dinner every year when I was a child. It was delicious and I is spect it came from tins. That was in 1963 – now thankfully turtles are a protected species.

    To recreate the flavour, I suggest consommé with some cooked auberge nes which would give the right texture.

    Comment by Miranda webb — November 27, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

  3. Hi, I would appreciate it if you can email me the recipe. I live in Phnom Penh and although soft shell turtles are available, no restaurants seem to serve it. Thanks

    Comment by George Ho — April 28, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

  4. Where can I get some turtle soup, or turtle shell soup (collagen/gelatin) in southern california (inland empire, l.a, orange county)?

    Comment by sherod — March 21, 2011 @ 7:28 am

  5. Hi my dad has the exact same symptoms as your health and i am thinking of bringing him to a Chinese doctor too but can u email me the turtle soup recipe? As with that i can ask the Chinese doctor whether the recipe is appropriate for him?

    Thanks a lot. Would appreciate it if u email me as soon as possible. Sorry for the trouble.

    Comment by Jeff Ong — February 15, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    • The active ingredient in the soup is in the shell of the turtle. It doesn’t matter what other ingredients that you include. You must start with a live turtle and plunge it into boiling water, the same way you would cook a lobster. Then simmer it on low heat for 12 hours to soften the shell and release the active ingredient. One turtle will serve a whole family. This soup is only eaten once a year. In the Chinese yin and yang system, the turtle shell is considered yin. It cures a yang condition of the kidneys. You can also get herbs that are specific for Kidney Yang. Don’t worry, any Traditional Chinese Doctor will know all about turtle soup. You father might have a different kidney problem and would not benefit from turtle soup.

      Comment by furtherglory — February 15, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

      • Thank You so much! Yeah i do understand and would ask the Chinese doctor about it.

        Thanks again! =D

        Comment by Jeff Ong — February 15, 2011 @ 2:45 pm


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