Latin Name : Fructus Hordei Germinatus
Chinese Name : 麦芽
Also known as malt, germinated barley is the end product that comes from the fermentation and drying of barley, an annual cereal plant that grows worldwide.
Based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, germinated barley has been ascribed sweet and neutral properties, and is associated with the Spleen, Stomach and Liver meridians. Its main functions are to eliminate retention of food and harmonize the stomach, to restrain lactation in women, and to promote the flow of liver Qi.
Germinated barley contains digestive enzymes and vitamin B, which can assist in digestion. It is used to treat stagnant liver and stomach Qi conditions such as distention, fullness in the chest, and epigastric pain. In women, it helps to stop lactation and ease the pain associated with distended breasts. It also helps to promote one's appetite. In addition, barley can be applied to the skin to treat burns and wounds.