Rice is an essential cereal consumed by more than 2/3 of the world’s population. It is a cereal from the grass family. Its scientific name is Oryza Sativa. Cultivated in rice fields, this plant requires a lot of water and humidity for its growth. It can reach up to 90cm in height. Each ear gives a lot of seeds. It is the staple of Asian, Indian and Japanese cuisine.
It is, therefore, with wheat, the most famous cereal in the world: “Where there is water, rice is grown. In the center of the continents, where water is scarcer, wheat is consumed”.
History of Rice
The Man began to cultivate rice more than 10,000 years ago. Its cultivation began in India, then in southern China, and then “flooded” the rest of the world.
It was Alexander the Great who brought it to Greece. In Europe, it began to be consumed only in the 16th century. Its name comes from the Tamil “Arizi.” Rice, unlike wheat, is currently very little genetically modified. It, therefore, does not trigger “rejection stress” by the body. It is, therefore, a true universal cereal.
There are more than 4000 varieties of rice around the world. We find long, semi-long, and short rice. According to its taste characteristics, we will speak of sticky rice, fragrant rice such as Basmati, and round rice, which is used to make risotto. There is also red rice from the foothills of the Himalayas, purple rice, and black rice from China.
A Gluten-Free Food
These days, you should know that rice does not contain gluten! We will see that it is the food par excellence capable of providing the energy the body needs to function.
A few proverbs to whet our appetites:
“Even the best of housewives cannot prepare her meal if she has no rice, “A Chinese proverb.
“Grief is like rice in the attic: every day it decreases a little” Malagasy proverb.
And finally: “The rice which is in your granary is your enemy because it excites the jealousy of those who have none.” Thai proverb.
What Does Chinese Medicine Say?
The rice has a Sweet and Neutral flavour. It is also the reference plant when we have to talk about sweet flavour. This flavour has the action of toning up the energy of the spleen as a priority. Its neutrality makes it the food of the “happy medium.”
The meridians-target organs are those:
- Of the spleen,
- of the Lung.
These main actions are:
- Strengthen the energy of the spleen.
- Stimulate the Middle Hearth.
- Harmonize the stomach.
- Feeding the “five organs.”
- Calm thirst and generate body fluids.
- Remove moisture (especially when dry and toasted before cooking).
- Tonify the Yang.
As a tonic for the Middle Hearth (Spleen-Stomach), rice opens the appetite and strengthens the body. We must not forget that the “Rate software” is the conductor of the digestion of the food bolus and that an energy imbalance of this organ, which lasts too long, could have serious consequences on our health.
An Ideal Food
Rice is, therefore, the ideal food for states of thinness, convalescents, and states of great fatigue or generalized weakness. Provided, of course, that you chew it well.
When the energy of the spleen is collapsed, food is no longer digested enough, and this can cause chronic diarrhea. Rice is excellent in this case. But it can also be consumed in case of infectious diarrhea.
It is one of the great foods capable of recharging the body’s battery.
Since the muscles and the flesh are to be related to the spleen, it is said that rice allows them to “nourish,” strengthen, to tone them.
We know that Lungs and skin pores are part of the same software in Chinese medicine. By its action of tonifying the energy of the Lungs and the Spleen, it helps to fight against spontaneous perspiration linked to a state of weakness in the Lungs.
What Does Modern Research Say?
- Rice, especially brown rice but also white rice, contains a lot of antioxidants such as tocotrienol, of which it is a part. E, which would have great antitumor properties.
- Brown rice is strongly acidifying, while it is moderately so for white.
- It is a good source of manganese which helps prevent damage caused by free radicals, as well as the Selenium it contains.
- It contains phosphorus, which is very good for the bones.
- It also contains zinc, iron, copper, and Vit. B1, B3, B6.
- It is attributed to an anabolic effect to strengthen the muscles (this is what TCM also says).
How to Use It
- Its most common consumption is obviously in the form of seeds. But it can also be transformed into rice paste, flour, pancake, puffed rice, and rice milk.
- Glutinous rice is mainly used in the preparation of desserts.
- You can also make alcohol from it: Sake in Japan or rice alcohol.
The so-called unstickable pre-cooked rice found on the market has lost practically all of its properties. It is said in Chinese medicine that he has lost his Qi, his energy, his Shen, his appearance, but also his Jing, his “essence.”
For the rice to be digestible and give all its properties, it must be well cooked.
There are sprouted rice in China called, which has the property of dissolving stagnations, eliminating Tan waste, and very strongly strengthening the energy of the spleen. It can, for example, be widely used in the case of Crohn’s disease (like any kind of rice, for that matter, avoiding brown rice, which may increase inflammation).
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