Distiller’s yeast (also known as dried yeast balls), Chinese Pinyin: Jiu Qu, Simplified Chinese: 酒曲), consists of a complex mixture of various molds, yeasts, and bacteria with their associated metabolites and is used in production of alcoholic beverages. The invention of distiller’s yeast can be dated back to as far back as the Shang Dynasty (17th to 11th century BC). Distiller’s yeast is used as stomachic and anti-diarrheal in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as indigestion and dysentery.
Other simplified Chinese names for distiller’s yeast include: 酒粬, 麦粬, 小粬, 红粬, 大粬, 麸粬, 酒母, 曲药.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
Distiller’s yeast is considered to have sweet, warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the stomach and large intestine meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Distiller’s Yeast & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Taste Disorder
A mixture of white atractylodes rhizome, distiller’s yeast and wine can be processed into pills for oral taking to remedy taste disorder.
3.2 The Excretory System
Corn congee with distiller’s yeast is taken orally to treat dysentery and severe diarrhea with mucus or blood in the feces.
3.3 Fetal Movement
Water solution of powdered distiller’s yeast is taken orally to treat abnormal and painful fetal movement.
3.4 The Digestive System
Pills made from atractylodes, distiller’s yeast and honey can be taken internally to cope with indigestion.
The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.
The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.
Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.