Common wheat (scientific name: Triticum aestivum, also known as bread wheat, Chinese Pinyin: Xiao Mai, Simplified Chinese: 小麦, 麸麦, 浮麦, 浮小麦, 空空麦, 麦子软粒, 麦), is a species of annual or biennial, erect, cultivated wheat species in genus Triticum (grasses family, Poaceae). Native to the Mediterranean region and southwest Asia and widely grown throughout the temperate zones, the plant can grow up to 100 cm tall. The dried fruit-spike of Common wheat (Triticum aestivum) is used as sedative, depurative and hemostatic (stops bleeding drug) in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as vitiligo and sores.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
Common wheat (Triticum aestivum) is considered to have sweet, mildly cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the heart, spleen and kidney meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Common Wheat (Triticum aestivum) & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Cold, Flu, Fever And Coughing
A mixture of gypsum vitreum, saltpeter, sulfur, sal ammoniac and wheat flour can be processed into pills for oral taking to treat typhoid fever with headache.
3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain
Sulfur, saltpeter (Chinese: 硝石), green tangerine peel (Chinese: 青皮), dried tangerine or orange peel (Chinese: 陈皮) and wheat flour can be made into pills for internal taking to treat a painful lump.
Pills made with realgar, croton, wheat flour and water can be taken to treat fullness and rigidity in the hypochondrium.
Hot wine solution of proper dosage of gypsum and wheat flour can be a remedy for wind-heat type painful muscles and joints.
Calcined aged lime, galla chinensis (五倍子, 五陪子), gardenia jasminoides (山栀子), wheat flour and vinegar can be mixed and applied externally to treat painful scrotal swelling.
3.3 Bleeding Stopping
Acorus calamus root powder and wheat flour are taken orally with water to treat hematemesis due to a lung disorder.
3.4 Skin Health
Ephedra sinica rhizome, sulfur and wheat flour are porphyrized and applied externally to treat genital sores.
3.5 Jaundice in Adults – Liver and Gallbladder Disorders
Pills made with Parthenocissus tricuspidata, platycodon root, atractylodes, licorice root, vinegar, melanterite and wheat flour is taken orally on an empty stomach to treat jaundice in adults caused by liver and gallbladder disorders.
3.6 The Excretory System
A decoction of dried root of kalimeris indica, black soya bean, wheat and wine is taken before meal to treat painful urination.
Sulfur, dried alum (Chinese: 枯矾), cinnabar and wheat flour can be made into pills to treat severe diarrhea.
A mixture of salpeter, sulfur, alum, soapstone and wheat flour can be processed into pills for oral taking to treat dysentery and severe diarrhea with mucus or blood in the feces.
3.7 Cold Feet
Sal ammoniac, peach seed, wine and wheat flour can be processed into pills for oral taking to treat cold feet and toes.
3.8 The Digestive System
Buck wheat noodle, water, sal ammoniac, areca nut and clove are to be pounded into powder for internal taking to heal regurgitation and vomiting. The powder needs to be taken with distillate spirits.
Washing water of rice, yellow wine yeast, ferrous sulfate, vinegar and wheat flour are to be processed into pills for oral taking to treat spleen weakness, liver weakness and hookworm infection (an infection by a type of intestinal parasite).
A decoction of amomum kravanh fruits, galangal, fresh ginger juice and wheat flour is taken orally on an empty stomach to cope with dyspepsia (a pain or an uncomfortable feeling in the upper middle part of the stomach).
3.9 Wind-Heat Invasion
Calomelas, wheat flour, mercury powder and lead acetate are to be produced into pills for oral taking which can help with wind-heat invasion (such as wind tetany).
A mixture of gypsum vitreum, pinellia ternata, sulfur and flour can be made into pills; the pills is to be taken with rice soup to treat acute gastritis.
3.11 Improve Kidney Function, Promote Vitality And Sexual Energy
Pills made with actinolite powder, stalactite, processed radix aconiti carmichaeli (附子) and wheat flour can be taken to treat night emission.
Medicated wine with artemisia capillaris, husked sorghum and flour is taken daily to treat hand or foot spasms.
4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:
Administration with caution for people with diabetes.
The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.
The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.
Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.