5 Health Benefits of Sprouted Grains – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Sprouted grains (Chinese Pinyin: Dao Ya, Simplified Chinese: 稻芽), are grains that have partially started the germination process. It is used as stomachic and spleen tonic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as diarrhea and indigestion.

Other simplified Chinese names for sprouted grains include: 蘖米, 谷蘖, 稻蘖.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Sprouted grains is considered to have sweet, warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the spleen and stomach meridians.

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

3.1 More Nutritions

The deactivation of anti-growth enzymes leads to a greater availability of vitamin C, folate, and minerals like iron. The sprouting process also cause a reduction in carbohydrates along with an increase in protein. Sprouted grains have lower levels of gluten and up to three times the amount of soluble fiber found in non-sprouted grains.

3.2 Aid Digestion

Pills made with sprouted barley, wheat flour, fermented soybean and almond is taken orally to treat cold accumulated in stomach as well as to aid digestion.

3.3 The Excretory System

Sprouted barley is fried and taken orally with congee to treat postpartum constipation.

3.4 Medical Abortion

Cooked sprouted wheat mixed with honey can be used for purpose of medical abortion.

3.5 Rapid Reduction of Milk Supply

Sprouted barley is fried and taken orally with water to rapidly reduce milk supply and reduce swelling.

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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