Chinese Herbs


Hordeum vulgare


First appeared in Grand Materia Medica.

The germinant fruit of Hordeum vulgare L., family Graminneae.
Modern Usage
Whole barley seeds and products made from them are being investigated as possible treatments for diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity.
Traditional Usage
Barley is sweet and has a neutral taste, affecting the liver, spleen and stomach meridians. It is prepared from germinated barley seed which has been soaked in water. Medicinally, it is used to invigorate the stomach and treat bloating of the abdomen due to stagnation of food. It strengthens the stomach generally and facilitates the smooth flow of liver chi. Large amounts also have an inhibitory effect on lactation in breastfeeding women.

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