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Fructus Hordei germinatus
Hordeum vulgare L.
Source of Earliest Record
Part 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 & Taste
Sweet and neutral
Spleen, stomach and liver
1. To eliminate retention of food and harmonize the stomach; 2. To restrain lactation; 3. To promote free flow of liver qi and remove stagnation
Indications & Combinations
1. Retention of food manifested as no appetite and epigastric and abdominal distension. 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 distension and fullness in the chest and costal regions and epigastric pain. Germinated barley (Maiya) is used with Bupleurum root (Chaihu), Immature bitter orange (Zhishi) and Sichuan chinaberry (Chuanlianzi).
Cautions & Contraindications
This herb is contraindicated during lactation.
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