3 Health Benefits of Distillers Grains – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Distillers grains (also known as brewer’s spent grain, Chinese Pinyin: Jiu Zao, Simplified Chinese: 酒糟), is a cereal byproduct of wine-making process which can include rice, wheat, sorghum, corn as well as other grains. Besides being used as cow food, distillers grains can also used as discutient, analgesic, blood circulation promoter and antiarthritic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as bruises.

Other simplified Chinese names for distillers grains include: 甜糟, 糟, 红糟, 酒醅糟, 粕.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Distillers grains is considered to have sweet, pungent and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the stomach, liver and kidney meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Distillers Grains & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Antiarthritic

Distillers grains, honey locust fruit, sodium sulfate, Schisandra chinensis, granulated sugar and fresh ginger juice are porphyrized and applied externally to treat knee arthritis.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain

Distillers grains, sticky rice and wine are cooked and applied externally to treat fracture and bruises.

Distillers grains is smashed and applied externally to treat swollen and painful legs.

3.3 Skin Health

Smashed carpesium abrotanoides and distillers’ grains are used externally to treat sores and boils.

Fresh ginger juice, red distillers grains, table salt and lard oil are heated and mixed for externally application to treat cracked skin.

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.

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