Please note that you should never self-prescribe TCM ingredients. A TCM ingredient is almost never eaten on its own but as part of a formula containing several ingredients that act together. Please consult a professional TCM practitioner, they will be best able to guide you.
Dosage: Collect the fruits and dry.
Main actions according to TCM*: Tonifies Qi and clears Heat. Stops excessive sweating.
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 3 herbs
Formula key actions: Nourishes the Heart. Calms the Mind. Harmonizes the middle burner. Relaxes hypertonicity.
Fu Xiao Mai is a king ingredient in Gan Mai Da Zao Tang. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.
The "Inner Classic" associates wheat with the Heart, and Sun Si Miao believed that it nourishes Heart Qi.
Typically used for managing spontaneous and night sweats, this characteristic is employed in this context to regulate the dispersion of the ethereal and corporeal souls.
Source date: 1107 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Formula key actions: Inhibits sweating . Stabilizes the exterior.
Fu Xiao Mai is an assistant ingredient in Mu Li San. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.
In Mu Li San, Fu Xiao Mai sweet, salty, and slightly cooling. It mildly nourishes the
Heart Qi and clears Stagnant Heat by venting it to the
surface, thereby removing one of the causes of sweating in
When this is accomplished, the True Qi will be restored, the sweating will cease, and the symptoms of Heart Qi distress will abate.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Fu Xiao Mai belongs to the 'Herbs that stabilize and bind' category. This category of herbs is used for treating abnormal discharges and displacement of Organs. This includes conditions such as diarrhea, discharges from the vagina, penis or rectum as well as prolapse of the Uterus or rectum. It is important to note that herbs in this category only treat symptoms, so one should also use herbs to treat the underlying Deficiency.
Furthermore Fu Xiao Mai is Cool in nature. This means that Fu Xiao Mai tends to help people who have too much 'Heat' in their body, although with less effect than a plant that would be Cold in nature. Balance between Yin and Yang is a key health concept in TCM. Those who have too much Heat in their body are said to either have a Yang Excess (because Yang is Hot in nature) or a Yin deficiency (Yin is Cold in Nature). Depending on your condition Fu Xiao Mai can help restore a harmonious balance between Yin and Yang.
Fu Xiao Mai also tastes Sweet. The so-called 'Five Phases' theory in Chinese Medicine states that the taste of TCM ingredients is a key determinant of their action in the body. Sweet ingredients like Fu Xiao Mai tends to slow down acute reactions and detoxify the body. They also have a tonic effect because they replenish Qi and Blood.
The tastes of ingredients in TCM also determine what Organs and Meridians they target. As such Fu Xiao Mai is thought to target the Heart. In addition to regulating Blood flow, in TCM the Heart is believed to be the store of the 'Mind' which basically refers to someone's vitality.