Mai Ya


Mai Ya in TCM:

Explore the properties of Mai Ya according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: barley sprouts
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Hordei Germinatus
Properties: sweet, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: ST, SP

Flavors: sweet

Special Properties:
circulates qi, resolves food stagnation

Actions / Indications:
  • Dissolves food stagnation; strengthens stomach (poor digestion with accumulation from undigested starchy food and poorly digested milk in infants; weak digestion and poor appetite due to Spleen deficiency)
  • Inhibits Lactation (used to inhibit or stop lactation with painful, distended breasts)
  • Regulate smooth flow of LV qi (LV overacting SP, stifling sensation, distended epigastrium / hypochondriac regions; belching, loss of appetite

    Special Notes:
  • Compare Mai Ya to Gu Ya, which more strongly nourishes stomach.
  • Use Mai Ya cautiously for patients who do not have food stagnation. Prolonged use may injure qi.

  • (cc: during lactation)
  • (cc: gluten intolerance; celiac disease)