6 Health Benefits of Ordinary Japanese Rice – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Ordinary Japanese rice (scientific name: Oryza sativa; also known as uruchimai and sushi rice, Chinese Pinyin: Jing Mi, Simplified Chinese: 粳米, 粳稻, 东北大米, 珍珠米, 江苏圆米), is a variety of rice in genus Oryza (grasses family, Poaceae). Found in China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia and naturalized many places, the plant can grow up to 120 cm tall. The fruit-spike of ordinary Japanese rice is used as antihypertensive, antidiarrheal and tonic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as excess sweating.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Ordinary Japanese rice is considered to have sweet, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the spleen and stomach meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Ordinary Japanese Rice & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Excess Sweating

Powdered ordinary Japanese rice is applied externally to treat excess sweating.

3.2 Pregnancy

A decoction of ordinary Japanese rice and Astragalus propinquus is taken orally to treat abnormal and painful fetal movement.

3.3 Detoxicant

Ash of straw can be used as a natural detoxicant.

3.4 Aid Digestion

Congee of ordinary Japanese rice and Prunus mume flower is taken regularly to nourish the stomach and aid digestion.

3.5 Wind-Heat Invasion

A decoction of gypsum, bamboo leaf, granulated sugar, ordinary Japanese rice a medical treatment used to restore health from wind-heat invasion (characterized by burning eyes, headache and blurring of vision) in the elderly.

3.6 Blood Pressure

Frequent intake of ordinary Japanese rice can improve our immune function and promote blood circulation, and thereby reduce the chance of hypertension and help to control blood pressure.

The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.

The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.

Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.

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