Rice water

For the type of diarrhea, see cholera.

Rice water is the suspension of starch obtained by draining boiled rice or by boiling rice until it completely dissolves into the water. It may be used as a weak gruel for invalids.[1] It is especially effective in the treatment of diarrhea such as that arising in cholera or gastroenteritis.[2][3]

Kanjivellam is Malayalam word for the water (vellam) drained from boiled rice (kanji).[4]


Rice water is a milky liquid which is left after washing rice. It has been used traditionally in the treatment of skin and hair. Rice water has vitamin B, C, E, and minerals, which help in tightening skin and shrinkage of open pores on face. It also promotes skin cell growth, stimulates blood flow, and slows down the aging process.

Rice water has been the secret to beautiful hair for the Yao ethnic minority in southern China, who have traditionally used it as natural shampoo to wash their long hair, for centuries[5]

See also


  1. John Milner Fothergill, Food for the Invalid: The Convalescent, the Dyspeptic, and the Gouty
  2. HB Wong (11 July 1981), "Rice water in treatment of infantile gastroenteritis", The Lancet, 318 (8237): 102–3, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(81)90462-1, PMID 6113434
  3. Gore SM, Fontaine O, Pierce NF (1992), "Impact of rice based oral rehydration solution on stool output and duration of diarrhoea: meta analysis of 13 clinical trials", British Medical Journal, 304: 287–291, doi:10.1136/bmj.304.6822.287
  4. Money, N.; G. V. I. Sama (1977). The History of St. Mary's Tope: The Origin, Development and Spread of St. Mary's Tope, the Catholic Brahmin Colony, Tiruchi. Caussanel Publishing House (Brothers of the Sacred Heart). p. 198. ... he was satisfied with mere boiled rice-water (Kanjivellam)
  5. "Rice Wash Water for Skin & Hair. Ancient China Beauty Secret". Retrieved 29 November 2015.

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