Geng Mi – Rice – Semen Oryzae

Geng Mi

English Name: rice

Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Oryzae

Medica Category: Qi-Tonifying Herbs

Properties: Geng Mi enters the Spleen and Stomach channels; it is sweet in nature and cool in temperature.

What is Geng Mi?:

The Chinese Herb Geng Mi is the seed of Oryza sativa—commonly known as Asian rice.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Geng Mi:

Geng Mi tonifies the Lung, Spleen, and Intestines. Clinically speaking, Geng Mi treats thirst, diarrhea, fatigue, and irritability. It is also sometime taken with/added to formulas to protect the middle from damage by cold or harsh herbs (e.g. in the formula Bai Hu Tang because Shi Gao (gypsum) is quite cold in temperature).