Hordeum distichon/H. vulgare (Graminae)
Traditionally, barley grain
(polished or germinating) is used as a convalescent food in forms such as
soup, malt extract or barley water, especially after diarrhoea or bowel
disease. Chinese physicians use it for loss of appetite, poor digestion, and
Barley was one of the first crops ever farmed; records go back to neolithic times.
As well as being a staple cereal, barley has long been used as a medicine for all manner
of internal and external afflictions. It was also used as a nutritive for, in Culpeper's
words, "persons troubled with fevers, agues, and heats in the stomach". Barley is an
annual grass with distinctive ears of grain that have long stout bristles.
Polished grains, germinating seeds.
Indole alkaloid, gramine;
proteins; B vitamins.
Nutritive; soothes internal body surfaces.
Used in convalescence,
especially after diarrhoea or bowel disease.
The Chinese prescribe it for loss of appetite, poor digestion, and fullness in the abdomen.
Grains, decoction, malt extract.