The germinant fruit of Hordeum vulgare L., family Gramineae.
small shuttle-shaped, 8-12 mm long, 3-4 mm in diameter; surface covered
by yellowish husk, with longitudinal veins; a long-lanceolate plumule
and several fibrous roots appearing at one end. Sweet in taste, warm in
nature, and attributive to spleen and stomach channels.
1. Strengthen the stomach and improve digestion: For dyspepsia of starches,
vomiting of milk in infants caused by improper feeding, and anorexia due
to deficiency of spleen and stomach.
2. Lactifuge: For galactostasis and as lactifuge for breast-feeding women.
Its decoction promotes the secretion of pepsin and gastric juice.
Decoction: 10-15g; 60-120g of fresh sample for lactifuge.