Not red bean
Diuresis, detoxification, swelling
The red Rice Bean are used to relieve edema in some illnesses and are an integral part of traditional Chinese therapy.
These beans also help in lessening the irritable redness of the eyes when combined with Angelica Sinensis.
Looking at the multipurpose benefits of Rice Beans it has been suggested that these Beans should be subjected to special scientific and biological treatment so as to enable these Beans to acquire their proper status as a beneficial and important crop. FOSRIN is one such project which has been
funded under the EC's INCO programme to popularize the under-utilized crop which can otherwise become a full fledged potential crop. This project involves eight partners - universities, research organizations and NGOs in Europe and Asia, and has adopted a client-oriented approach, working closely with farmers and other stakeholders. The nearing future thus seems to enlighten a hope of a solution to poor farmer's never ending problems.