9 Health Benefits of Sticky Rice (Glutinous Rice) – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Sticky rice (scientific name: Oryza sativa var. glutinosa, also known as glutinous rice, sweet rice or waxy rice; Chinese Pinyin: Nuo Mi, Simplified Chinese: 糯米, 杜, 糯, 江米, 元米), is a type of rice in genus Oryza (grasses family, Poaceae). Found in Southeast and East Asia and the eastern parts of South Asia, the plant can grow up to 120 cm tall. The fruit-spike of sticky rice is used as tonic, antiperspirant, stomachic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as hematemesis and impotence.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Sticky rice is considered to have sweet, warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the spleen, stomach and lung meridians.

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

3.1 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain

Pills made with asbestos, gypsum vitreum, pearl and sticky rice can be taken to treat a sore throat and dysphoria.

3.2 Bleeding Stopping

Ash of Stephania cephalantha root is taken with sticky rice soup to treat hematemesis.

3.3 Hemoptysis

Powdered ramie roots, ginseng, chalk and grin powder is taken with sticky rice soup to treat hemoptysis.

A mixture of goldstone, wavellite (银星石), asbestos (不灰木), actinolite (阳起石), mica, donkey-hide gelatin (阿胶), resin of kaput wood, musk and cattle slurry can be processed and calcined into powder; the powder can be taken with sticky rice soup to treat hemoptysis (coughing up blood).

3.4 Skin Health

A mixture of lime, sticky rice and water can be applied on an open mole externally on to help remove the mole.

3.5 The Excretory System

Powdered white atractylodes rhizome, cooked sticky rice and red dates can be taken internally to deal with chronic diarrhea.

3.6 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders

A decoction of rhizome of gentiana macrophylla, Zhi Gan Cao (processed licorice root, radix glycyrrhizae preparata, 炙甘草, 灸甘草), fried deer horn gelatin (Lu Jiao Jiao, 鹿角胶), artemisia argyi and sticky rice is taken to prevent miscarriage.

Pills produced with chain fern roots, radix ampelopsis, pilos deer horn, moxa and sticky rice paste can be taken with wine in treating red and white vaginal discharge.

3.7 Pregnancy

A decoction of ginseng, Angelica sinensis, pig’s kidney, sticky rice and white onions can be used in boosting energy levels after childbirth.

A mixture of astragalus propinquus, sichuan lovage rhizome, sticky rice and water can be cooked and taken to treat abnormal fetal movement.

3.8 Improve Kidney Function, Promote Vitality And Sexual Energy

Root of curculigo orchioides (soaked in washing water of sticky rice), atractylodes (soaked in washing water of rice), boxthorn seeds, Plantago asiatica seeds, white poria (peeled), fried foeniculum vulgare, platycladi seed (peeled), prepared rehmannia root, fresh rehamnnia root and wine can be processed into pills for oral taking to treat impotence and premature ejaculation.

3.9 Excess Sweating

Powdered sticky rice and wheat bran are cooked with pork for internal taking to treat excess seating.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for the elderly, the infirm and people with diabetes, obesity, hyperlipidemia or kidney diseases.

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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