Gu Ya - Rice Sprout

TCM Materia Medica

Gu Ya TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "gu ya" which in english is Gu Ya herb"rice sprout", is categorized within the "herbs that relieve food stagnation" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the spleen and stomach channels and exhibits neutral (ping) 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:

  • Reduces food stagnation, strengthens spleen.
  • Stagnation caused by starchy food.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, gu ya is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewBao Ji Wan (Protect and Relieve Pills)

Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen. Foul smelling belching or gas with diarrhea due to heat in the intestine. May alleviate some hangover symptoms. Also useful to treat food poisoni…

As noted above, gu ya is within the herbs that relieve food stagnation functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... food stagnation often arises from emotional disturbances which cause the qi and/or blood to stagnate, improper dietary habits, phlegm, heat, and/or cold disorders. hot/cold types: hot: bad breath, distention, preference for cold food/dr…)".

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