Traditional Energy Boosting Tonic You Can Make At Home

Chinese Chicken and Corn Soup

This traditional Tonic of the East is fantastic when a cold or flu is on it’s way. It is also fantastic as a circulation booster if you suffer from cold hands and feet because it contains ginger & onion, which stimulates the circulatory system. Chicken increases strength and vitality and corn is nourishing for the whole system.

When you are suffering from Period Pain, epecially in the winter months, this soup, as theinfamous book title says, is “Chicken Soup For the Soul”.

Naturopathically speaking,  nourishing food is the best medicine of all!

The best thing is that it is QUICK and EASY to make!


  • 1.5 litres of chicken stock (you can either cook the chicken carcass for a couple of hours or use the Massel chicken stock powder. Massel seems to be the only stock powder that doesn’t contain MSG (621).
  • 300g of fresh or tinned sweetcorn (Coles now stock organic tinned corn)
  • 2.5 cm of fresh ginger, grated
  • 300g shredded chicken, cooked
  • 6-8 spring onions, sliced finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon of seseme oil (this really makes it!!)
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt
  • Chopped corriander to garnish
  • (Optional) 2 Egg whites


Heat the stock for a few minutes in a medium saucepan, then add the sweetcorn, ginger and chicken. Bring to the boil. Optional- you can add 2 egg whites in. They will cook straight away with the heat. Try to drizzle them in so that they are in strands.  Then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the spring onions and sesame oil and season to taste. Cook for a few minutes, then service garnished with corriander.

Serves 6.

Adapted from McIntyre, A (2000) Healing Drinks Simon & Schuster Australia

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