Liquorice Root (Gan Cao)
Did you know that liquorice root is about 50 times sweeter than sugar? Liquorice means “sweet root” , named by a Greek physician “Dioscorides”. Liquorice has been used around the world for thousands of years and is a very popular herb in Chinese medicine.
In Chinese medicine, liquorice is used for it’s ability to detoxify the body and increase energy. It has a special property of entering all 12 energy channels in the body, especially the lung, heart, stomach and spleen.
Liquorice root is good for
• Abdominal pain
• Poor appetite
• Sore throats
• Stomach Ulcers
The Chinese Herbal Description
Thermal qualities: raw dried (gan cao) is neutral, dry fried (zhi gan cao) is warm
Taste: Sweet in nature
• Nourishes spleen qi and augments qi
• Moistens lungs and stops cough
• Alleviates pain
• Clears heat and relieves fire toxicity
• Harmonizes formulas
• Acts as an antidote to toxicity
Dose: 2-12g No more than 3g per day if using daily
Cautions and Contraindications
Large doses can increase blood pressure, salt and water retention. Avoid combining with blood pressure medications, corticosteroids, diuretics and heart medication. Avoid with bloating, vomiting or digestive upset.
Always contact your healthcare provider about adding herbs to your daily regime.
Dr Paul Carter
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Melbourne
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Brown Rice Nutrition:
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What is Brown Rice
Brown Rice Benefits
- Weight Loss
- Sustained energy
- Calmer mind
- Healthy bones
- Immune function
- Lowers blood pressure
A Chinese Medicine Perspective on Brown Rice
Anyone that knows me knows I’m a brown rice freak, and it’s more than its nice nutty flavour. From a Chinese medicinepoint of view brown rice balances the spleen and stomach energy which is so important for a slim energetic body and calm worry free mind.
Brown rice has been cultivated in china for over 6000 years as its main staple. It’s mentioned in many Chinese medicine classic texts for its ability to bring balance back to your energy system due to its neutral thermal qualities, so neither heating nor cooling, yet nourishing your body. The 2000 year text “The Yellow Emperors Classic of Medicine” advised practitioners to prescribe a week of brown rice congees (rice soup) to balance the energy of the body before treating with herbal medicine.You can aim to restore balance to your body by simply incorporating brown rice into your daily diet alongside wholesome fruit and vegetables
Brown Rice Nutrition
Brown rice its nutritionally high in:
- Magnesium: relaxes muscles and nerves, builds bones and improves circulation
- Manganese: maintains blood sugar levels, maintains healthy thyroid
- Selenium: high in antioxidants
- B vitamins: energy, muscle tone, healthy nerves
- Fibre: digestive health, detoxes the body and keeps you feeling full
How to cook brown rice
Buy organic or bio-dynamic brown rice. Conventional brown rice has been shown to contain higher concentrations of arsenic than organic brown rice.
1. Steamed Brown Rice
1 cup of brown rice
1 1/2 cups of purified water
pinch of sea salt
Brown Rice Cooking instructions
Rinse brown rice
Add a cup of rice to your saucepan.
Add 1 1/2 cups of purified water and salt
Boil uncovered till the water evaporates just below the rice surface.
Cover and put on low heat for 20 min. Should take 35-40min. Enjoy
2. Cooking Brown Rice in Rice Cooker
Brown Rice Recipes