Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Jenn Asks: Do supplements / tonics make you break out?

Not fun :(

I've noticed for the past few months that whenever I have Dang Gui Chicken (当归鸡), I would always have a pimple or two pop up on my forehead the very next day! For the uninitiated, Dang Gui, also known as Angelica or the Female Ginseng, is purportedly good for ladies (to regulate menstruation, improve blood circulation, and to replace the blood loss during your period). It is also incredibly heaty (if you subscribe to that school of thought) so one must consume a lot of water after eating it. It is usually steamed together with chicken thighs and goji berries (and sometimes rice wine) to make a nourishing and delicious dish.

My mother in law, bless her heart, has been cooking this dish rather often for me nowadays! While I super appreciate her efforts and LOVE the taste, I'm not too sure if I enjoy the pimples that come along with this dish! Lol!

So over to you! Do herbal supplements or tonics make you break out?


  1. My mom makes the thing Hong Jo and egg tonic. Its supposed to restore lost blood. Everytime I drink it, it seems like I break out

  2. Icic!! I've never tried that one before... sounds yummy! :D Hope your breakouts heal quickly! :)

  3. I seem to be avoiding the breakouts lately, I've never noticed any breakouts after using herbal tonics either,

  4. i have tried that earlier but i never had breakouts.At times some blood impurity can also cause breakouts or may be an allergy to that food in particular.

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