Grains are the most abundant crop on the Earth and the foundation of human development, according to Oriental philosophy. They are thought to provide:

  • Strong peaceful energy
  • Strong intellect
  • Spirituality
  • Deep sleep
  • Sense of calm
  • Quick reflexes
  • Long memory
  • Clear thinking
  • Flexibility, strength, and endurance
  • B vitamins
  • Complex carbs and fiber
  • High quality protein
  • Calcium, iron, and other minerals
  • Satiety

Eating grains prevents:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Other chronic illnesses

Grains do not require a lot of energy to grow, and they additionally store easily.  For example, they have been found in tombs thousands of years later and still sprout.  They have been looked down upon because they have been used to feed animals instead of people.

The energy that grains provide is the opposite of the rush followed by depression from highly refined nutrient deficient grains and sugars.

Brown rice nourishes all organs and functions, especially the brain, spine, lungs, intestines, kidneys, bladder, and reproductive organs.  It provides energy, a tranquil mind, and sound judgment.  It has traditionally been eaten to provide feelings of unity with others.

Barley nourishes the liver and gall bladder

Millet provides strong and harmonious energy and contributes to practical, creative thinking, inventiveness, and sympathy with others. It nourishes the spleen, pancreas, and stomach and is especially recommended for diabetes, hypoglycemia, lymphoma, and other disorders associated with these organs.

Whole wheat gives strength, courage, and vision, especially when in its whole form. (Flour contributes to individualized and analytical thinking.)

Oats are hearty and warming, but may need to be limited for people with lung and intestinal issues.

Corn is good for the heart and small intestine

Buckwheat is the strongest of the cereal grasses.  It provides strong, warming energy and is excellent for hard physical labor or housework.  (May be too warming for Hawaii unless eaten in cold weather times, or as cold soba noodles.)


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Pitchford, Paul. (2002) Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA.