delicious soup with corn and chicken

We understand that you may have recently gone to surgery and need tips for a stable recovery. 

Recovering after medical surgery can be tough on your body and mind but worry not in this post, we are going to show you the 9 Delectable Chinese herbal soups to boost post-surgery healing in no time! 

Through this writing, we will list our recommended TCM best soup post-surgery that is packed with nutrients and healing properties. 

Therefore, we believe in food that is associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine will assist to nourish and cleanse your body and soul, so you can experience a smooth recovery process after post-surgery!

If you want to take advantage of the TCM diet or meal, read on to enjoy the good benefits listed below.


Quick list for skimmers:

  • Chicken Soup with Chinese Yam
  • Pork Rib Soup with Lotus Seeds
  • Papaya and Fish Soup
  • Ginger and Pork Soup
  • Chicken Soup with Red Dates and
  • Goji Berries
  • Carrot and Chicken Soup
  • Pork Rib Soup with Chinese Angelica Root
  • Red Date & Cordyceps w/ Chicken Soup
  • Beef and Mushroom Soup

an array of TCM meal based soup

Chicken Soup with Chinese Yam

This soup is made from a combination of Chinese Yam and fresh chicken and commonly to be eaten by those who have undergone recent surgery. 

The Chicken Soup and Chinese Yam are not only delicious but consuming this soup will also benefit those who have weak digestion as this soup is believed to have various health properties such as improving the immune system, boosting energy and many more. 

Chinese Yam health properties

The Chinese Yam commonly known, as Shan Yao or cinnamon vine is a type of yam in the Diosorea family. With its pronounced shape of long and cylindrical and often distinguished with a hairy beige skin colour. 

When eaten, you can taste the crispiness of its flesh, as well as a moderately sweet flavour.

The Chinese Yam is believed to as a remedy for many illnesses such as diarrhoea, diabetes, cough, fatigue, wheezing, poor appetite and frequent urination.

Moreover, you can easily buy it from your local market, so it becomes so accessible for you to have great vigour, improving your digestion, and strengthening your spleen, kidney and lungs.

Although it may have little effect on post-surgery wound care, it can be a great supplement for your body due to its healing properties.

deliciously cut lotus soup mixed with delicious TCM ingredients

Pork Ribs Soup with Lotus Seeds

You may experience trouble sleeping after surgery or have felt uncomfortable with your digestive system. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, lotus seeds are commonly used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and digestive issue and ease up sleep.

Pork ribs’ health properties

Consuming pork is usually recommended for repairing muscles, tissues, and organs. Pork naturally provides a good amount of protein, and it is often a main dish to consume to supplement your body after surgery.

You may also benefit from consuming pork ribs due to the presence of selenium and zinc minerals that are important for improving the immune system, wound healing and assisting to regulate thyroid function. 

Other than that they are rich in vitamin 12, vitamin 16, vitamin D and choline which benefits your body. 

However, we suggest eating pork ribs in a moderate amount to avoid the risks of high calories, fat and cholesterol. Also for meal preparation, we advise you to fully cook it at a high temperature for killing harmful bacteria such as Salmonella or E.coli.

Lotus Seed benefits

Lotus seeds as the name implies are edible seeds that come from the lotus flower. They are rich in antioxidants that protect your body from free radical damage and slow down the ageing process.

Having lotus seeds in your diet will definitely benefit you to supplement your dietary fibre, providing vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and copper that naturally help you with digestion issues, maintain blood pressure and improve mood.

The other notable benefits of lotus seed:

  1. Fight inflammation
  2. Act as antibacterial and antifungal
  3. Boosting immune system
  4. Enhance memory and cognition

However, you should also be aware of some potential side effects of consuming lotus seed:

  1. They are high in calories and carbohydrates – promote unnecessary weight gain if consumed often.
  2. It may cause some allergic reactions such as itchiness, swelling, rash, nausea, and difficulty of breathing.
  3. May cause conflict with your current regular supplement or medicine intake. We suggest consulting your doctor before consuming.

delicious fish and papaya soup with assorted tcm ingredients.

Papaya and Fish Soup

Having papaya as part of your meal after surgery will help to rejuvenate your body by supplementing an ample amount of protein, vitamin C, reduced swelling and papain enzyme, which is good for wound healing.

Apart from that, papaya is rich with antioxidants good for relieving the stomach and hence improving the digestive system too.

Essentially, adding those to your delicious bowl of soup will not only benefit you with plentiful goodness and nutrients but also soothe your after-surgery stress. 

Naturally, fish contains a good source of lean proteins, which are required for tissue repair and muscle strength. Moreover, it contains a good amount of omega-3 fatty acid that helps to reduce inflammation, improve blood flow and promote collagen growth.

Due to the presence of amino acids such as glycine in the fish, fish such as snakehead fish are usually the key ingredients for TCM-based soup that aids in wound healing either from surgery or delivery.

simple but delicious ginger and pork soup

Ginger and Pork Soup

Having a ginger base meal can provide you with various benefits such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidants that help to reduce pain and swelling after surgery. 

The other benefit of consuming ginger is that it is so good for preventing various types of nausea, such as chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness.

Additionally, ginger can help to reduce weight, lowering blood sugar levels and reduce constipation by improving the digestive system.

tender chicken mean with red dates and goji berries

Chicken Soup with Red Dates and Goji Berries

The combination of chicken soup with red dates and goji berries have been enjoyed for centuries. 

Being part of traditional Chinese cuisine, the combinations of the ingredients are known as an ancestral delicacy that is served commonly in every Chinese household.

When consumed, you may enjoy plentiful health benefits such as

  1. Chicken: Good source of improving muscle strength, repairing muscle tissue, rich in antioxidants, maintaining good metabolism and many more.
  2. Red dates assist to reduce insomnia, anxiety and fatigue by nourishing the blood and calming the mind.
  3. Goji berries help to improve vision and strengthen the immune system by providing vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.

So soup is a great way to boost overall health and wellness and we highly recommend you try it out with your family.

simple but delectable chick soup mixed with shredded carrot

Carrot and Chicken Soup

Carrot and chicken soup is another nutritious and delicious meal for post-surgery patients. 

Usually prepared and cooked with multiple combinations of vegetables and herbs that provide a considerable amount of micronutrients and antioxidants. 

Chicken meat provides you with the necessary nutrients and proteins needed for recovery. 

Another significant benefit of including this meal in your usual diet after surgery is that it can aid in wound healing, increase immunity, and give you essential daily energy. 

Plus, this soup is said to have anti-inflammatory, blood-nourishing and immune-boosting properties.

We suggest you include the following in your chicken soup:

  1. Ginger
  2. Onion
  3. Goji berries and red dates
  4. Astragalus root
  5. Carrot

common pork rib soup with in chineses cousine

Pork Rib Soup with Chinese Angelica Root

This soup can be a great option if you’re a post-surgery patient wanting a hearty and comforting dinner. 

This soup is full of vitamins and minerals that can strengthen your immune system and speed up the healing process.

One of the main components in this soup, Chinese angelica root, is renowned for its capacity to enhance blood circulation and lessen inflammation. 

If you’re in pain or uncomfortable after surgery, this could be extremely helpful for you.

The pork ribs used in this soup are also a great source of protein, which is essential for repairing and rebuilding tissues after surgery. 

Additionally, the other herbs and spices used in the soup, such as ginger and goji berries, provide a range of vitamins and minerals that can help support your overall health and well-being

delicious mix variety of tcm meal for family

Red Date & Cordyceps w/ Chicken Soup

It is said that red date and cordyceps with chicken soup is the best choice for post-surgery nourishment.

Red dates, also known as jujubes, are a common ingredient in Chinese cuisine and are thought to provide a range of health advantages, including boosting the immune system and helping digestion. 

Cordyceps, a species of fungus, is also known to have immune-boosting effects and may help enhance energy levels.

When mixed with chicken, these ingredients create a rich and nourishing soup that can aid in your recovery. 

The chicken supplies protein and important nutrients, while the red dates and cordyceps bring flavour and health benefits.

an array of beef and mushroom soup for 4 pax

Beef and Mushroom Soup

Getting beef and mushroom soup can be a good meal choice for post-surgery. This meal is an excellent source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing muscle tissue. 

It also contains important minerals such as iron and zinc, which are vital for maintaining healthy immune function. 

Mushrooms, on the other hand, are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help to reduce inflammation and support overall health.

Some notable benefits:

  1. Meat assists in repairing muscle, bone, skin and hair
  2. Mushrooms provide an ample amount of antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals.
  3. Supporting your immune system – Mushrooms are known to have immunomodulatory effects due to their rich Alpha and beta-glucan particles.


Which meal on our list do you want to try first?

Or a meal that we didn’t mention in our article.

In any case, we hope our writing assists you in choosing post-surgery dietary choices.

If you are keen on improving your overall diet, you may contact us for a meal consultation for free. 

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