The foundation of our wellness is held in the Jing. Jing is commonly translated as substance or life-essence, and it is the thickest part of your energy which provides the impetus for activity. When our jing is abundant, we enjoy liveliness and seem bright and active. When our jing is running low, due to lack of rest or inadequate nutrition, we may become lackluster and lethargic. Jing is a function of the Water Element and is thus nourished by watery foods like soups and stews. The Water Element rules over the Kidneys and Adrenals which are further nourished by proteins and vitamin B’s. This recipe is meant to help repair Jing and encourage a strong physiology, which includes immunity and overall well-being.
Black chickens are packed with proteins due to their black pigmentation. They also offer many great health benefits from antioxidants to Vitamins. Black Chicken soup is a classic in Chinese Herbal Medicine. It is often accompanied by herbal supplements such as red dates, ginseng root, astragalus root, and just about anything else! Combined with other vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, kale, and so on, this soup is certainly nutritious for the body and soul.
We recently recorded a video of how to prepare the soup, and hope you enjoy the results as much as we did!