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Congee: Traditional Asian Feel-Better Soup

Congee (AKA jook or rice porridge) is a tasty, therapeutic soup that you can eat morning and night. It’s the essential recovery food and simple to make!

Chinese medicinal soups have been used as medicine for thousands of years. Acupuncturists love to recommend soup, and congee is the queen of all Chinese medicine soups. Wonder why? See our blog post about soup and why acupuncturists love soup so much!

Because congee is cooked with so much water it helps moisten the fluids of the stomach and intestines, which can become depleted with stress, age, and chronic illness. Congee is particularly good for babies, anyone ill or recuperating from prolonged or serious disease, for people feeling weak or having diarrhea, or simply lost their appetites.


Basic Congee


1/4 c. rice
Chinese herbs for porridge (optional)
2 1/2 c. broth or water
1 tsp sea salt
Garnish: green onion, pickled greens, black sesame seeds, toasted sesame oil, walnut oil, hot sauce


Put all the ingredients except the garnish in a saucepan with a lid. Set on your stove’s burner on medium high and bring to a rolling boil, then lower heat to simmer, cover with lid.

Check the pot every 20 minutes or so. Simmer for1-2 hrs stirring regularly. If the porridge becomes dry, wants to stick, or too thick, stir in 1/2 c. or so cold water and cook more.

Your porridge is ready when your grains are broken down and you have a nice thick oatmeal-like consistency.

Alternately, use your slow cooker with 1/2 c. grains, ~5 c. hot water/broth, and a pinch of salt. Cook on low for 3-5 hours, checking regularly and stirring.

Garnish for therapeutic effect and to taste.

Here’s a charming video that shows you how to make an even faster congee!

Want more recipes? Here’s one of my very favorite congee articles. Enjoy!
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Healthy Cookie Recipe

Healthy Cookie Recipe

A cookie recipe that’s scrumptious and good for you! Jeff makes amazingly delicious, healthy cookies. We were able to persuade him to share his recipe with us. And since it’s *that* time of year again, we wanted to share his recipe with you. Jeff’s Almond Cookies Makes 35 to 40 cookies Preheat oven to 350… Continue Reading

POCA Membership

POCA Membership

POCA is a co-op? What does that mean? Yes!  Although Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture is a locally-owned small business, it has always been a member clinic of POCA (People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture). As a matter of fact, we wouldn’t exist without POCA!  Gururas opened her first community acupuncture clinic in 2007 in southeastern Massachusetts.… Continue Reading

Weight Loss and Acupuncture

Weight Loss and Acupuncture

People often ask if acupuncture can help 
with weight loss. Here’s what we’ve learned. Acupuncture and Weight Management Acupuncture can be a great tool for PAIN management. When you have less pain, you’re more able to be physically active (and you’re more likely to enjoy it). Regular, moderate physical activity can be a huge help… Continue Reading

Street Medic Training

Street Medic Training

When There is No 911: a 4-Day Street Medic Intensive August 3 – 6, 2017 Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Limited space available Sliding Scale Donation: $100-$400 (contact Charly directly if this is a concern, please) To register contact Charly at 828-779-1623 (text) or COURSE OVERVIEW Tampa area activists… Continue Reading

Nettles for Health

Nettles for Health

Nettles to Heal Allergies and Inflammation Nettles (Urtica dioica) are a popular herb in traditional Western herbalism, and frequently used to boost immunity and for the abundance of bioavailable minerals stored in its dark leaves. It is important to be able to identify this plant in our yards and when out in the woods for… Continue Reading

Nap Packs: Two Package Deals

Nap Packs: Two Package Deals

Acupuncture Packages Available Saturday, Jul 15 to Monday, Jul 31, 2017 Discount cards… We’ve got ’em! We offer 2! kinds of Nap Pack Specials: the Nap Pass, and our new 3-Pack. Both help you get more acupuncture. Some folks use the special rate as a chance to see what more frequent acupuncture will do for them.… Continue Reading

Recipe for Ginger Lemonade

Recipe for Ginger Lemonade

Recipe to quench your summer thirst This recipe is an easy blender drink, speedy to whip up, and yummy! The ginger will make you lightly perspire and help you cool down. Ingredients 1 piece (3 inches or so) fresh ginger, peeled and chopped 1 cup lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons) 1/3 cup maple syrup 6… Continue Reading

Jessica Brenner

Jessica provides the essential job of clinic support. That means hers is the voice you hear when you call the clinic, and the face who greets you when you come in. She also does a heap of behind the scenes work, gardening, laundry, database upkeep, and lots more. Jessica is the founding mama of Wellbuilt… Continue Reading

Clinic Hours

Monday: 2PM – 8PM

Tuesday: 2PM – 8PM

Wednesday:  2PM – 8PM

Thursday: 2PM – 8PM

Friday: Closed

Saturday: 9AM – 2PM

Sunday: Closed

Walk-Ins Often Possible.
Appointments Recommended.



Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture, our staff, and volunteers are members of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture. POCA is a co-operative run and fueled by co-op members who believe that acupuncture should be available to people: learn more about that here.

We see acupuncture changing lives every day. It’s simple, safe and effective, as well as the most widely used medicine in the world! Last year POCA clinics, about 200 of them in all, gave more than 1 million treatments. Our goal is to make that number 50 million treatments by the year 2020.

We support the Community Acupuncture movement with our POCA membership and our volunteer hours.

We know that acupuncture can change the world, and would love for you to join us in The Calmest Revolution Ever Staged!

Interested? Help spread access to acupuncture by learning more about POCA.  Click here to join online.  Or drop by Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture to talk with us more about our favorite co-operative, POCA!


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