Benefits of rice mentioned in Ayurveda texts

Ayurvedic Properties of Rice

Rasa (Taste): Sweet

Virya (Potency): Cooling

Vipaka (Post digestive effective): Sweet

Guna (Qualities): Unctuous, nourishing and Strength promoting. Brown is light to digest and white polished is slightly heavy to digest

Actions on the doshas: Balances Vata and Pitta and increases Kapha. But old rice does not increase Kapha.

“Old” (one year maturity after harvest) versus new (Freshly harvested)

Freshly harvested is hard to digest, whereas 1-year-old is “lighter” and two-year old is even more “excellent in quality”. Also Ayurveda texts explain that old is wholesome in diabetes and obesity. Ayurveda recommends storage in moist free airtight containers.

Now – a – days we are eating newer and newer which is becoming harder and harder for us to digest.

With respect to the preparation, the Ayurvedic texts explain that dry roasting (i.e. drying over heat) certain varieties can make them “light” to digest and hence beneficial when the digestive fire is low. In addition, there are references to the digestive benefits of soaking prior to cooking it. Soaking the for at least 1 hour prior to cooking them will make it lighter for digestion.

Some benefits of mentioned in Ayurveda texts –

•  From Ayurvedic point of view, rice provides the basis of wide range of healing gruels. Rice was prepared as a thin stew with specific spices to treat different illnesses.

•  Kichari made of old rice and mung is beneficial to a person suffering from fever or stomach disorder.

•  Rice gruel mixed with ghee or butter is advised throughout pregnancy. As rice, ghee and butter are cooling and anabolic, they nourish the mother – to be as well as help in proper growth of the fetus.

•  Old rice is beneficial in diabetes and obesity.

•  Indications of rice wash water (Tandulodaka) are also mentioned in many disorders like bleeding disorders, leucorrhoea, etc.

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