Germinated Barley (Maiya)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Fructus Hordei germinatus|
|Botanical Name:||Hordeum vulgare L.|
|Common Name:||Germinted Barley|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Mingyi Bielu|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||Barley is soaked in water for a day, and then it is put into a basket. Water is sprinkled over the barley daily until it germinates.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet and neutral|
|Meridian:||Spleen, stomach, and liver|
|Functions:||To eliminate retention of food and harmonize the stomach
To restrain lactation
To promote free flow of liver qi and remove stagnation
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Retention of food manifested as no appetite and epigastric and abdominal distension.
*Use with Germinated barley (Maiya) is used with Hawthorn fruit (Shanzha), Medicated leaven (Shenqu) and Chicken’s gizzard skin (Jineijin).
2. Restrained lactation or breast distension with pain.
*The decoction of half raw and half fried Germinated barley (Maiya) should be taken twice a day, 30-60 g each time.
3. Qi stagnation in the liver and stomach manifested as distention and fullness in the chest and costal regions and epigastric pain.
*Use with Bupleurum root (Chaihu), Immature bitter orange (Zhishi) and Sichuan chinaberry (Chuanlianzi).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated during lactation.|