Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Oryzae Germinatus
Fructus Setariae Germinatus
Common English: Rice Sprouts
Setaria Sprouts
Millet Sprouts
Herbs that Relieve Food Stagnation
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Reduces Food Stagnation, promotes digestion, strengthens and descends Qi, opens the Stomach and harmonizes the Center

Food Stagnation due to undigested starchy foods

Food Stagnation due to Spleen Qi Deficiency

Overnight Food Accumulation

Strengthens the Spleen and encourages appetite

Spleen Deficiency with anorexia
  • Long-term use may injure the Kidneys.
  • Contraindicated for nursing mothers.

Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi
Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren

Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen
Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu
Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren
Per. Citri Reticulatae
Chen Pi
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Massa Medicata Fermentata
Shen Qu
Fr. Crataegi
Shan Zha
Sm. Lablab Album
Bai Bian Dou
Rz. Alismatis
Ze Xie
Fu Ling
Sm. Euryales
Qian Shi

Reduced appetite and distention of the chest and abdomen due to Food Stagnation.

Poor digestion due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiency.

Poor digestion with decreased food intake and diarrhea due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiency.

  • The digestive action of Gu Ya is more moderate than Mai Ya. They are generally prescribed together to enhance the therapeutic effect.
  • It is especially good for retention of grains.
  • The two most effective herbs to treat Food Stagnation from grains are this herb and Fr. Hordei Germinatus Mai Ya which facilitates digestion and has some Spleen strengthening properties. It is best for treating Cold Food Stagnation with absorption problems.
  • This herb has weaker digestive functions and therefore does not injure the Stomach Qi. It is most effective for hot Food Stagnation with pronounced Spleen Deficiency.
  • Raw rice Sprouts Sheng Gu Ya are best for assisting the digestion of starches.
  • Dry-fried Rice sprouts Chao Gu Ya are almost as good as Sheng Gu Ya for assisting the digestion of starches.
  • Distillate of Rice Sprouts Dao Ya Lu reduces Food Stagnation, strengthens the Spleen, improves the appetite, harmonizes the Middle, generates fluids and benefits Yuan Qi. It is used as a beverage for those with weak Spleen functions because it tonifies and reduces Food Stagnation.
  • Gu Ya, Rx. Codonopsis Dang Shen and Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae Bai Zhu all tonify and strengthen the Middle Jiao. Gu Ya promotes digestion and indirectly strengthens the Middle Jiao by decreasing the burden on the Spleen and Stomach. Dang Shen and Bai Zhu tonify the Spleen and Stomach to enhance digestive function.