A Traditional soup to calm the spirt and help Insomnia

Also known as “golden needles” and “tiger lilies,” dried lily buds are among the most notable of edible flowers in Chinese cuisine. Lily buds are the unopened flowers of the day lily plant. The lily, or Hemerocallis to refer to it by its scientific name, has been used in China as both a food and medicinal plant for over 2,000 years. In traditional Chinese medicine, dried lily buds are thought to help with insomnia and alleviate a cough.

Dried lily buds are typically yellow-gold in color and are generally two to three inches long. They are known to have a delicate flavor, often described as musky, earthy, and sometimes even sweet or slightly tart. More often than not, dried lily buds are used for their unique aroma which is somewhat fruity and flowery. When used in recipes, they generally have a chewy, but slightly crunchy texture.

Based on theories of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), it is sweet, slightly cold in nature and covers meridians of heart and lung. It is capable of nourishing Yin and moistening lung, which is used for indications like chronic cough due to yin deficiency, and blood in sputum. And it clears heart heat, and calms spirit, which is applied for remnant heat of febrile diseases, restlessness, deficient irritability and palpitations, too much dreams and insomnia, and wandering mind.


· Dried lily flower

· Dried shiitake mushroom

· Wood-ear mushroom

· Chicken breast

· Green Onion


1. Wash chicken, remove skin and fat and cut into thin slices. Slightly seasoned and put aside.

2. Soak mushrooms and lily flower until become soft and rinse clean. Finely cut both mushrooms into slices.

3. Put mushrooms and lily flower with 4 cups of water and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.

4. Add chicken and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes.

5. Add seasoning and green onion to soup and serve.

Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here.

Excerpts from the Original article by Art of Herbal Remedies

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