Pharmaceutical Latin: Massa Medicata Fermentata
Common English: Massa Fermentata
Medicated Leaven
Herbs That Relieve Food Stagnation (Digestives)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Tincture: 1-3ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Reduces Food Stagnation, promotes digestion and harmonizes the Stomach

Food Stagnation or accumulation due Stomach Cold with epigastric fullness or distention, lack of appetite, borborygmus and diarrhea

Moves Qi

Qi Stagnation
  • Contraindicated for those with Stomach Yin Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with Stomach Fire.
  • Use with caution during pregnancy.

Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu

(Rx. Codonopsis)
(Dang Shen)

Fr. Aurantii
Zhi Ke

Sm. Arecae
Bing Lang

Food Stagnation and diarrhea due to Spleen Deficiency.

Reduced appetite and fullness and distention of the epigastrium and abdomen due to Cold Stagnation.

Childhood nutritional impairment or distention of the abdomen due to Food Stagnation.

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang
Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren

Exterior releasing herbs

Fr. Hordei Germinatus
Mai Ya
Fr. Crataegi
Shan Zha

Abdominal pain associated with Food Stagnation.

Diarrhea accompanying externally-contracted disorders.

Abdominal distention, belching, diarrhea and anorexia due to Food Stagnation.


Childhood nutritional impairment due to improper breast feeding.

Rz. Sparganii
San Leng
Rz. Curcumae
E Zhu
Concha Ostreae
Mu Li
Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia



Chronic Food Stagnation with palpable masses.



  1. This is a non-standardized preparation of a fermented mixture of wheat flour, bran, and various herbs including Hb. Artemisiae Annuae Qing Hao, Sm. Armeniacae Xing Ren, Fr. Xanthii Cang Er Zi, Sm. Phaseoli Chi Xiao Dou, Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae Bai Zhu, and other herbs depending on the particular mixture chosen.
  2. This herb is best for problems due to overindulgence in alcohol and starches and grains.
  3. This herb is also added to pills that contain minerals to aid in their digestion and absorption.
  4. It directs Qi downward, transforms Phlegm, drives out water and transforms thin mucus.
  5. In children, it tonifies the Spleen.
  6. It reduces lactation and facilitates weaning.
  7. Unfermented Medicated Leaven, Jian Shen Qu regulates Qi, transforms Dampness, and abates and transforms congestion and disperses Wind-Cold.
  8. Dry-fried Medicated Leaven, Chao Shen Qu has a reduced dispersing action but an enhanced ability to strengthen the Spleen, harmonize the Stomach, reduce Food Stagnation and regulate the Middle Jiao.
  9. Scorched Medicated Leaven Jiao Shen Qu has a greatly enhanced ability to reduce Food Stagnation and can be used alone.