Pinyin: mai ya (chao)
ENGLISH NAME: Fructus Hordei Germinatus
LATIN NAME: Stir Fried Hordei Fructus Germinatus
Properties: sweet, neutral
Channels Entered: Liver, Spleen, Stomach
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Dissolves Food Stagnation, Promotes Digestion and Strengthens the Middle Jiao
2. Inhibits Lactation
3. Regulates Liver Qi
10 to 15 grams. Up to 30 to 120 grams may be used. Mai Ya is commonly used in herbal decoctions, pills or powder. Use larger dosages to stop lactation.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Use Mai Ya cautiously for patients who do not have food stagnation. Prolonged usage of it may injure qi.
• For nursing mothers who desire to continue nursing their infants, large dosages of this herb are contraindicated because production of milk may be terminated.