I am no expert in Chinese herbs or medicine. All I know was we were instructed to get these specific herbs for the confinement lady to prepare the required dishes for my wife. From the list that we have and also after referring to some confinement recipe cook books, I have compiled a list of Chinese herbs commonly used during confinement in one way or another. You might want to refer to your `confinement lady' or your elders to confirm the list to acquire, but please do acquire them early. Once you have delivered, you would not have the time to go shopping for them and believe me, your husband (like I am) will be equally busy and `blur' when it comes to these.
- Red Dates (lots of it because these dates are also boiled as drinking water)
- Black Dates
- Dried Longan
- Black Fungus
- Dang Shen
- Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica)
- Wolfberries (lots of these as well because they are required in a lot of dishes)
- Dried scallops
- Bei Qi
Other herbs would also include:-
- Pao Shen (Ginseng)
- Shou Wu
- Shou Di
- Huai San (Dioscorea yam)
- Yuk Chuk (Hoi Chuk which is apparently better or so I am told)
- Red Grain Rice
Besides the above, get ready lots of old ginger, sesame oil and black peppercorn which are used in almost every dish. Apart from that, Chinese wine such as Chinese white rice wine, glutinous rice wine and Shaoxing wine will also comes in handy.
Well, I hope that the list above helps you to prepare for your coming `wonderful' period of what Chinese called `CONFINEMENT.' (Confine - restrain from going out, prevent from doing certain things, limited to only consume certain predetermined food). Now, how wonderful can that be?