Health Benefits of Indica Rice – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Indica rice (scientific name: Oryza sativa, also known as Asian rice, Chinese Pinyin: Xian Dao, Simplified Chinese: 籼, 占稻, 早稻, 旱稻, 籼米), is a subspecies of rice (Oryza sativa) in genus Oryza (grasses family, Poaceae). Found throughout tropical Asia with two color, white and red. The plant can grow up to 120 cm tall. The fruit-spike of indica rice is used as tonic and antidiarrheal in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as stomachache.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

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

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

3.1 Indigestion

A decoction of indica rice and other herb is taken orally to nourish the stomach and treat indigestion.

3.2 Antidiarrheal

Indica rice porridge is eaten to stop or slow diarrhea.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for people with diabetes.

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 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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