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June 25, 2016

a couple of oldies, but goodies…

Filed under: Health — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:06 pm

Every morning, I check my blog stats to see what people have been reading.

I have found that there is a renewed interest in two of my very first blog posts.

When I first started blogging, I had many categories, but my blog gradually became a Holocaust blog because that was the subject that got the most hits. Recently I have learned that two of my very old blog posts have been getting lots of hits, but I don’t know why this is happening.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/how-to-tell-if-you-are-having-a-stroke/

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/how-to-make-chinese-turtle-soup-for-medicinal-purposes/

If you can’t stand the thought of making turtle soup yourself, you can ask a Chinese TCM doctor to recommend someone who will make it for you — for a price, of course.

You must buy your soup turtle from a Chinese store, and you must start with a live turtle. The turtles that are used to make soup are different than other turtles.

May 6, 2012

How to make Chinese turtle soup for medicinal purposes

Filed under: Health — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:42 pm

Turtle soup is highly recommended by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as the best possible medicine to revive failing kidneys.  The kidneys control every organ in the body, especially the heart and the pancreas.  Weak kidneys can cause high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and Type II diabetes.   When your kidneys are completely failing, you have two choices:  turtle soup or a kidney transplant.

To make turtle soup, you will need a huge stainless steel pot, big enough to hold a ceramic pot placed inside it. You can buy these pots at a Chinese market.  In Sacramento, CA you can buy the pots, along with all the ingredients for the soup, including a live turtle, at Welco Supermarket. The clerk at the market will chop the live turtle into pieces with a huge cleaver, and then package it up so that you don’t have to look at it.

It will take a minimum of two days to prepare and cook the soup.  First, you start by making a broth from a whole chicken and some Chinese herbs. You will need a third pot for the broth.  The chicken and the herbs must cook for a minimum of 8 hours.  Then you put the turtle, shell and all, inside the ceramic pot and cover the turtle with the chicken broth.

Place the ceramic pot, filled with the turtle and the broth, inside the stainless steel pot and fill the stainless steel pot up to within one inch of the top of the ceramic pot.  The turtle soup must cook for a minimum of 12 hours, but longer cooking is better.  After a few hours of cooking, you can remove the ceramic pot and place the turtle soup inside your refrigerator, then continue cooking it the next day, if you do not want to stay up all night watching the soup.

Recipe for Turtle Soup

Make a broth from these ingredients:

1.  One ounce Dioscorea (Shen Yao)

2.  One and a half ounces Radix Astragali (Huang Qi)

3.  One and a half ounces Codonopsis Pilosula (Dang Shen)

4.  One half ounce Medlar (Qi Zhi)

5.  8 dried Chinese dates

6.  One whole (dead) chicken with the feathers and feet removed. Include the liver, heart, gizzard and neck in the broth.

When the broth is done, remove the chicken meat and the bones, but not the herbs.

Put the chopped up turtle (including the shell) into the ceramic pot and fill the pot, up to one inch from the top, with the chicken broth.

Place a towel or some chop sticks on the bottom of the stainless steel pot so that the ceramic pot does not touch the bottom of the stainless steel pot.

Pour water into the stainless steel pot, and allow the soup to simmer inside the ceramic pot for 12 hours at least. Do not allow the water in the stainless steel pot to get into the ceramic pot, which has a small hole in the lid.  Cover the stainless steel pot with a tight-fitting lid and allow the soup to simmer for up to 7 days.

To serve the soup, remove the pieces of turtle shell.  You may also remove the turtle meat.  You do not have to eat the turtle meat, as all of the medicinal properties will be in the broth. The amount of broth that you are required to drink depends on how much you boil it down.  Normally, about 12 ounces of broth will be enough to have a good effect on your kidneys.

Turtle soup can be eaten once a month until your kidneys recover.  For people who don’t have weak kidneys, the soup can be eaten once a year to maintain good health.

How will you know if your kidneys have improved, after you have eaten the soup?  A TCM doctor can tell you how well your kidneys are working.  When your kidneys are working the way they should, you will have not have to get up at night to go to the bathroom, and you will have no tell-tale symptoms of failing kidneys, like dry mouth.  You will have renewed energy and your blood pressure, and blood sugar, will be normal.

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.

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