Millet 小米

Common Chinese Name (pinyin): 粟米 (sù mǐ)小米

TCM Five Flavors: Sweet, salty

TCM Energetics: Cool

Meridian Affinity: Kidney, spleen, stomach

Nutritional Science: 成分

  • Nutrients: Fat, protein, starch, thiamin (vitamin B1)
  • Function: Nervous system, heart health, antibacterial effect. 


TCM Benefits: 功效

  • Tonify the Middle Jiao: promotes digestion
  • Benefit the Kidneys
  • Clear heat and detoxify
  • Relieve nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea 
  • Moisturize the body, quench thirst
  • Dispel wind, relieve skin rashes 


Cooking Suggestions: 使用方法

  • Make rice or congee. 


Five Season TCM Recipe:

Savory Oat-Millet Porridge with Squash and Tahini | 燕麦南瓜芝麻小米粥


Notes & Safety:

  • Should not be eaten with xing ren, might cause vomiting or diarrhea. 
  • There are many different types of millet. Here we are referring to the Chinese foxtail millet, which is a small, bright yellow grain. 
  • Purchase USDA organic foxtail millet here
Written by Five Seasons TCM

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