Ingredients: - аpprохimately a 3lb whole chicken, or other type of meat with bones (feel free to add some offal/organ meat) - 3 liters of water - 7-10 quarter size slices of ginger - 1 large onion - 3 clove of garlic - 3 bay leaves, - peppers of your choice (red, black, etc.), other spices to your taste Herbs for the soup: - 2 tbsp. Goji berries (Gou Qi Zi) - 3 Red dates (Da Zao Hong) - 5 pieces Codonopsis (Dang Shen), 20g - 3 slices Chinese wild yam (Shan Yao), 20g - 2 tbsp. Astragalus root (Huang Qi) or 4 pieces, 20g - ½ cup Chinese barley, Job’s tears (Yi Yi Ren) Instructions: 1. Soak all the herbs except red dates and goji berries in a large bowl with enough water to cover. Set aside for 30 minutes. 2. Cut chicken into pieces and blanch in a pot of boiling water with 3-4 slices of ginger. This process helps to remove the dirt and blood water from the bones. Pick the chicken pieces out and transfer them to a soup pot. 3. Add water up to 3 liters. Place onion, garlic, ginger, other spices, and the soaked herbs. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Add red dates, goji berries and honey dates, continue simmering another 30 minutes. 4. Add salt to your taste and fresh chopped cilantro before serving. BON APPETIT!! Warning: As with any medical or health recommendation, herbal/natural recipes have contraindications and possible side effects. They SHOULD NOT BE USED without consulting first with a knowledgeable health professional.