October 18, 2017
During confinement month, chicken is one of the healing ingredients often used. Chicken essence is one of the most common stocked foods during this period. But it’s important to eat tonic foods according to your body constitution. Those who are usually very busy, irritable, have frequent late nights, and prefer stronger flavored foods may have heat-related body types. For these mommies, over eating tonic foods such as pilose antler, panax ginseng, chicken soup, and Chinese dates and fried rice water after labor will worsen the symptoms and even lead to excessive sweating, constipation and canker sores. Mommies who breastfeed can pass these symptoms to their newborn too causing the baby to have poor sleep, become irritable, be constipated, and develop eczema. For those who want to use chicken to replenish their bodies but are worried about the heat symptoms, black chicken is a good alternative. Black chicken is mild in nature, can nourish yin, replenish qi and blood, and is suitable for postpartum recovery. It is however still important to take in moderation, have it 1-2 times per week.
Chicken- warm in nature, can replenish qi and blood, and warm the stomach. Not suitable for those with a flu or those with damp heat and phlegm and dampness body constitution. Suitable for those with asthenic body types and those who recovered from chronic illness.
Black chicken- mild in nature, can replenish yin, clean heat, nourish lungs and kidneys. Suitable for those with yin deficiency body constitution.