Plant and Herbs

Fructus Hordei Germinatus for Body and Health

Fructus Hordei Germinatus, commonly known as Barley Sprouts and Malt is a kind of herb germinating from barley.

What are the benefits of using Fructus Hordei Germinatus?

  • Reduces food stagnation, strengthens the stomach, and improves digestion: it helps to reduce food stagnation due to undigested starchy foods or grains and all types of fruit, poorly digested milk in infants, and food stagnation due to spleen Qi deficiency with weak digestion and anorexia.
  • Inhibits lactation: in large doses, Fructus Hordei Germinatus can reduce milk flow and in small doses, it promotes milk flow.
  • Facilitates the smooth flow of liver Qi: with a stifling sensation or distention in the epigastrium or ribs, belching, and anorexia
  • Treating hyperprolactinemia: It is mainly used for treating hyperprolactinemia.
  • It is good for treating cold food stagnation with absorption problems.
  • This herb unbinds the stomach, eliminates irritable stifling sensations, stops sudden turmoil disorder, reduces thin mucus, breaks up mobile abdominal masses and clumps, promotes labor, tonifies the spleen and stomach, descends Qi, eases the intestines, treats borborygmus and food stagnation.


  • Contraindicated for lactating women except in very low dosage.
  • Long-term use may injure the Kidneys.

Drug Interactions

Use with caution when used with anti-diabetic drugs such as insulin, tolbutamide, glipizide, and glyburide as there may be a synergistic effect leading to hypoglycemia.

Important Note:

There is not much scientific evidence that Fructus Hordei Germinatus can help with the benefits mentioned above and medical conditions. Always consult a doctor before using herbs or any plant extracts.