Buckwheat in TCM:Explore the properties of Buckwheat according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):
Channels: LI, SP, SI
circulates qi, clears heat, clears damp
In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Buckwheat is known for its ability to circulate qi, clear heat, and resolve dampness.
In general the ancient Chinese medical texts cite that it enters the Spleen, Small Intestine, and Large Intestine. The flavor of Buckwheat is sweet, and it is considered to be cool in temperature.
Buckwheat is known to clean and strengthen the intestines while also improving appetite. It has been used effectively to treat dysentery and chronic diarrhea. A bioflavinoid found in buckwheat (known as Rutin) can strengthen capillaries and blood vessels, inhibit hemorrhages, reduce blood pressure, and increase circulation of the hands and feet. "Rutin is also an antidote against x-rays and other forms of radiation (HWWF 462)."
Buckwheat can also be used externally for skin inflammations, eruptions, and burns- just apply a poultice made of roasted buckwheat flour mixed with vinegar.
Toasted buckwheat is known as "kasha". Kasha is one of the few alkalizing grains. Commercial kasha is thoroughly toasted and is dark reddish brown in color On the other hand raw buckwheat has an almost white color. By purchasing raw buckwheat one can choose to toast it less, or not at all, based upon the seasons.
Sproutable buckwheat seeds are excellent sources of chlorophyll, enzymes, and vitamins. Insects do not attack buckwheat and like ginseng buckwheat will usually die if grown with most chemicals.
Caution: Buckwheat is contra-indicated with heat signs such as high fever, thirst, red face, deep-red tongue color, and high blood pressure. Also contra-indicated for wind conditions like dizziness, disorientation, nervousness, spasms, or emotional instability.