This  recipe was actually given to me by one of my patients. She was very lucky to have a beautiful Chinese mother who would also give her advice along her fertility journey on how to best care for her fertility health, especially in her follicular phase (from day 1 of your period util ovulation). This oxtail soup recipe was one that her mother told her to enjoy a few days after her period had finished, and from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, this dish is great for building blood and nourishing your womb. So it is fantastic for nourishing the body as your follicles grow and develop, supports blood health for the rebuilding of your endometrial lining and prepares your uterus for the implantation of a healthy embryo. From a more Western perspective this soup is jam packed with minerals, collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline which are all necessary in healthy cell growth and functioning.

It is an extremely simple dish to make and is easy to store in the fridge to have a few times during the week. So let’s get to it then..


  • 4 large pieces of organic Oxtail (with any small bits the butcher includes)
  • 2 medium organic potatoes chopped into small squares
  • 2 medium organic carrots diced
  • 1 organic onion chopped (though the patient’s Mother excluded the onion in her version of this recipe so consider this as optional)
  • 2 long organic celery sticks diced
  • 3-4 medium organic tomatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1-2 cloves of organic garlic
  • 2 slices of organic ginger

How to make the soup:

  1. Prepare your vegetables
  2. Boil some water in a large your pot of choice
  3. While water is coming to a boil, rinse the oxtail under water and give it a good wash (gets rid of any residue from the butchers)
  4. Place oxtail in the boiling water until lightly brown (This helps seals in the goodness of the meat and will only take a few minutes)
  5. Drain the pot and place the oxtail aside
  6. Use the same pot and heat a little bit of oil with garlic and ginger (coconut oil is the best to use when heating)
  7. Add your veggies to pot and saute for around 6mins
  8. While veggies are having a light cook, prepare your 4 cups of filtered water
  9. When the veggies are seared add the oxtail and water and bring to the boil (or throw everything into the slow cooker)
  10.  Place lid back on and lower heat to low to mid-low

Cooking time:

Cook for about 2 hours on the stove or in an advanced rice cooker. Alternatively you can do this recipe in the slow cooker on high for 2 hours or low for about 3-4 hours; or as my patient said ‘until it smells delicious!’…

Best time of your cycle to eat:

Eat this soup after your period has finished to assist with rebuilding and nourishing your blood. There will be a number of serves with the recipe so store it well in your fridge and reheat on your stove top over the following days to keep nourishing your body, blood and follicles.

Tips and Tricks when making this soup:

  • think of it as making a minestrone style soup but with ox tail and without the stock or pasta.
  • add 1 tbls of organic Goji berries and 3-4 organic american ginseng teabags (remove before serving) to really amp up the yin and fluid nourishing benefits of this soup.
  • add 1 tbls of apple cider vinegar to increase the mineral breakdown in bones, so more is available for you to slurp up.
  • for a paleo style soup, swap the potatoes for sweet potatoes (I do it this way as potatoes don’t agree with me…)

How these ingredients support your reproduction from a TCM perspective:

Oxtail: Strengthens your blood and qi

Tomatoes: Nourishes your liver yin energy

Potatoes: strengthens your digestive energy and is anti-inflammatory

Sweet Potatoes: strengthens your digestive energy, builds your qi and moisturises

Ginger: Strengthens the energy flow through your abdomen, support stomach qi and digestion, detoxifies and stimulates blood circulation

Garlic: Warms your middle energy, strengthens stomach energy, moves qi, disperses blood stasis and qi stagnation in abdomen, dispels cold and detoxifies.

Onion: Moves your qi to assist with the proper flow of energy

Celery: Cools and moves qi

I love recipes like this that have been passed down from generation to generation, and come with the wisdom of mothers sharing with their daughters. I am always teaching my patients the importance of a holistic approach when it comes to improving their fertility and I absolutely love it when my patients teach me as well. It is with learning through one another that we will grow and achieve our goals, so I just couldn’t wait to share what this wonderful patient of mine had so generously shared with me. Oh, and I must mention that this patient is now using this recipe to nourish her growing belly these days… (Yay! and congratulations as I know you are reading this…) Learn more about our IVF Support Program or Natural Fertility Support Program here. 


Leigh is the founder and primary practitioner at Spring Acupuncture, Fertility and Pregnancy Clinic. She is a passionate and qualified acupuncturist and expert in natural fertility, IVF support, pregnancy and women’s health.

Leigh has worked many years as an Anaesthetic Technician at the Mater Mothers and Adults Hospital here in Brisbane and is currently completing her Masters in Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales. Through combining her vast Western and Eastern medical knowledge, Leigh is able to assist her clients to achieve their fertility and health goals. Leigh strongly believes that through optimizing your health on a physical, physiological and psychological level you will be in the best state possible as you travel along your personal fertility journey.



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Spring Acupuncture is an integrative Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic committed to providing the best outcomes for our patients, and empowering them along their journey to optimal fertility, pregnancy health, IVF success and general wellness. We are located in Springwood, Brisbane, and are conveniently situated right next door to The Fertility Centre, IVF clinic.

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