I’ve always been clueless about traditional chinese medicine.. and I never believed in Yin and Yang, until the recent years.
My mother was equally clueless too. Although my grandma knew traditional chinese medicine, she didn’t have a chance to learn that from her mother.. At a young age, she had to leave home to work for extra income.
Even though she didn’t knew much about brewing soups, she would brew soups for me and my sisters.. at least it something than nothing at all. Well, I guess all mothers want the best for their children.
They were delicious, but somehow I felt uncomfortable from the soups.. not sick, I felt “heaty” (most likely there was imbalance in yin and yang).
When I started working, I stopped taking herbal soups.. feeling sick affected my concentration at work.
Worklife was stressful-the inconsistent meal times, the irregular sleep cycles, the high workload… all these factors started taking a toll on my health. I was falling sick quite frequently.. and my menstrual cycles were irregular too.
Then I met Blueberry’s mother.
She didn’t like her kids to fall sick.. so she always said to me, “Aiyo! Why you fall sick again har?!?”
.. fast forward the story..
Over the years of courtship and marriage, my mother-in-law fed me with countless herbal soups for me. There soups radically changed my health.. I don’t feel as tired as I used to and I don’t fall sick as frequent as before.. Such amazing soups! Thanks Mom!
She was knowledgeable in traditional chinese medicine.. unfortunately, she passed on before we had a chance to learn the recipes from her. 😥
After her passing, I visited several bookstores to find a book on herbal soups.. but they were written in mandarin. It took all the energy I had to understand the recipes with my poor mandarin..
I thought all was lost until… I saw Ms Wu JiLin’s book.. Miraculous Soups!
I was so overjoyed!!
The recipes were written in dual languages english (yay!) and mandarin… Explanation of different ingredients used (e.g: which type of foods are heaty or cooling) are clear and detailed.. and best of all, the recipes are categorized into selection for women, children, pregnancy, well-being.. etc!
While reading the explanation on ingredients, it felt as though Mom was alive again. I could hear her voice speaking to me.. imparting valuable knowledge to me.. like how it used to be like. God, how much I missed her.
This book will be one of the treasured books I own.. 🙂
If I could, I would like to write a letter to thank the author.. I would tell her all the things I shared earlier.. and how much my family and I will benefit from it.