Fu Xiao Mai - Un-Ripe Wheat Grain

TCM Materia Medica

Fu Xiao Mai TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "fu xiao mai" which in english is Fu Xiao Mai herb"un-ripe wheat grain", is categorized within the "herbs that stabilize and bind" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart channels and exhibits cool, salty (xian) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 9-15g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Stops excessive sweating from deficiency patterns - nightsweats, spontaneous sweating.
  • Nourish the heart - palpitations, insomnia, irritability.
  • Childhood bedwetting.

Fu Xiao Mai may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: bedwetting, insomnia, irritability, night sweats (sleep hyperhidrosis) and/or sweat problems

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, fu xiao mai is generally included in the following 2 formulas:

ViewGan Mai Da Zao Wan (Licorice, Wheat, and Jujube Formula)

Anxiety/depression/manic issues with a tendency towards losing self-control (crying fits, excessive yawning, etc.) that result from the combination of heart yin deficiency and liver qi stagnation. I…

ViewGeng Nian An Wan (Peaceful Menopause)

Menopause symtpoms including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, restlessness and anxiety as a result of yin deficiency.   Can be used for other yin deficient symtpoms such as tinnitus, dry skin…

As noted above, fu xiao mai is within the herbs that stabilize and bind functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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