Rice is the seed of the grass species Oryza sativa [Gramineae]. This is the traditional round-grained white variety, however, there are other varieties including long grained and also brown rice, which includes the husk.

Chinese Name: Jing Mi.

Nature and Flavour: Sweet in flavour and warm in nature.

Channels Entered: Spleen and Stomach.

Properties and Functions: Invigorates the Middle-Jiao, replenishes Qi, strengthens the Spleen and regulates the Stomach. Nutritionally it is a rich source of starchy carbohydrates (approximately 75%) and protein (8%).

Indications: Clinically, its use is indicated for digestive disorders affecting the Spleen and Stomach. This can include Qi deficiency of Spleen and Stomach leading to poor appetite or diarrhoea, fatigue, dysentery, thirst and restlessness.

Directions: To be eaten steamed, or made into gruel or porridge (congee). As part of a medicated diet it will often be cooked with medicinal herbs such as Sheng Jiang, Huang Qi or Dang Gui.

Cautions and Contra-Indications: Patients with endogenous cold should eat less.