Fermented mass (also known as medicated leaven or Massa Medicata Fermentata, Chinese Pinyin: Shen Qu, Simplified Chinese: 神曲), is a mixture of fermented powders of wheat flour and some herbs (water pepper, Artemisia carvifolia, almond, rice bean and Xanthium strumarium seeds). It is often used in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) as a spleen tonic and stomachic and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as diarrhoea and indigestion.
Other simplified Chinese names for fermented mass include: 六神曲, 六曲, 泉州神曲, 范志曲.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
Fermented mass is considered to have sweet, pungent, warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the spleen and stomach meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Fermented Mass & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Aid Digestion
The fermented mass contains yeast, enzymes, vitamin B, ergosterol, volatile oil and glycosides, it can be prescribed with other herbs to aid digestion and enhance the stomach and spleen.
3.2 Eye Health
Pills made with calcined magnetite, cinnabar and medicated mass can be taken to treat blurry vision.
3.3 The Excretory System
A mixture of medicated mass, atractylodes (soaked in washing water of rice) and rice paste can be made into pills for oral taking to treat summer diarrhea in infants and children.
Indigo naturalis, root of scutellaria baicalensis, sea amber and medicated mass (fried) are powdered and used in treating intestine asthenic diarrhea.
3.4 Improve Kidney Function, Promote Vitality And Sexual Energy
A decoction of morinda officinalis, codonopsis pilosula, raspberry, semen cuscutae, medicated mass and Chinese yam can be used in treating impotence and premature ejaculation in men and cold uterus related infertility.
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.