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Fructus Tritici levis

浮小麦 Fu Xiao Mai
浮小麦 Fu Xiao Mai #

Naming

Fu Xiao Mai (Fructus Tritici levis)——Ben Cao Meng Quan (Materia Medica Companion)

  1. Fu Xiao Mai
  2. 浮小麥
  3. Blighted Wheat
  4. Xiao Mai
  5. 小麥
  6. 浮小麦
  7. 小麦

The Processing of Fructus Tritici levis

Origin

The immature seeds of annual herbaceous plant Triticum aestivum L., annual herb of family Gramineae.

Location

All parts of China.

Harvest

Collect the light and wizened wheat, sift the dusty, wash it in water and dry in sun.

The actual smell and taste

Slight flavor without bad smell.

Best quality

Even, no impurities, light, floating when washed.

Processing

Unprocessed or stir-baked.

The Effect of Fructus Tritici levis

Property

Sweet, slightly astringent, cool; heart meridian entered.

Actions

Strengthen superficies to check sweating, replenish qi, clear heat.

Indications

A. Spontaneous sweating, night sweat

This herb is sweet and cool and can be applied to stop deficient sweat, such as it in Du Sheng San rooted from Wei Sheng Bao Jian. It also can replenish heart qi and lung qi. It is a good herb to stringe fluid through nourishing heart and strengthening superficies to check sweating. It is indicated for spontaneous sweating and night sweat. It can be administrated singly by stir-baking to brown and smashing into powder. For spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency, it is combined with herbs of stopping sweating and qi tonics, for instance, it is used with Huang Qi, toasted Mu Li, Ma Huang Gen in Mu Li San from He Ji Ju Fang. For night sweat due to yin deficiency, it is combined with herbs of stopping sweating, and yin-tonics, such as Wu Wei Zi, Bai Shao, etc.

B. Bone-steaming tidal fever

This hcrb can tonify qi, nourish yin and clear heat. For fever of yin deficiency and bone-steaming tidal fever, it is combined with heat-clearing and yin-nourishing herbs, such as Xuan Shen, Mai Dong, Sheng Di Huang, Di Gu Pi, etc.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct 15~30 g. Smash into power, 3~5 g a time.