Mai Ya - Relieve Food Stagnation
SP, ST, LV (9-15g)


Mai Ya - The Mayan Mother who couldn't lactate
Due to food stagnation from a weak stomach, Mai Ya had inhibited lactation until she learned to soothe her LV qi with relaxing tea and meditation.

Finally she found that if she was careful not to eat gluten (cc: celiac disease) she would begin to lactate.

English Name: barley sprouts
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Hordei Germinatus
Properties: sweet, neutral

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
food stagnation from a weak stomach Strenghtens ST; Dissolves food stagnation (starchy foods and poorly digested milk in infants)
inhibited lactation inhibits lactation
soothe her LV qi regulates smooth flow of LV qi


      Mai Ya Actions and Indications
  • Dissolves food stagnation; strengthens stomach (poor digestion with accumulation from undigested starchy food and poorly digested milk in infants; weak digestion and poor appetite due to Spleen deficiency)
  • Inhibits Lactation (used to inhibit or stop lactation with painful, distended breasts)
  • Regulate smooth flow of LV qi (LV overacting SP, stifling sensation, distended epigastrium / hypochondriac regions; belching, loss of appetite
  • (cc: during lactation)
  • (cc: gluten intolerance; celiac disease)
    Special Notes:
  • Compare Mai Ya to Gu Ya which more strongly nourishes stomach.
  • Use Mai Ya cautiously for patients who do not have food stagnation. Prolonged use may injure qi.

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