Health Benefits of Maltose Syrup- Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Maltose syrup (also known as maltobiose or malt sugar, Chinese Pinyin: Mai Ya Tang, Simplified Chinese:麦芽糖, 饴糖, 胶饴, 软糖, 糖稀), is a carbohydrate food obtained from amylase-containing malt and starch. It is used as lung tonic, antitussive and detoxicant in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as coughing.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Maltose syrup is considered to have sweet, warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the spleen, stomach and lung meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Maltose & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Cold, Flu, Fever And Coughing

Pills made with Asparagus cochinchinensis root, wine, maltose and Aster tataricus is taken orally to treat lung dysfunction related coughing.

3.2 Lack of Appetite

A decoction of ginseng, dried ginger, Chinese prickly ash and maltose syrup is taken orally to treat low appetite.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Overdose on maltose can lead to diarrhea.

5. Research And Studies:

Maltose contain mainly protein, fat, vitamin B2, vitamin C and nicotinic acids.

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 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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