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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Yavah  
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English: Barley  
Botanical: Hordeum vulgare  
Hindi: Jau  
Telugu: Yavaka  
Common names: Pearl barley, Scotch barley, Barley, Yavah, Barliarisi, yuva, Ymvah, jave-godhi, Java, Yavaka, Garcinia  
Family name: Graminaceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Roots

Contents: Hordenine and gramine in young seedlings.

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Madhura
  • Veerya: Seetaveerya
  • Guna: Snigdha
  • Vipaka: Madhura

4. Uses:

  • The Barley water is good remedy for Jaundice.
  • It is anti inflammatory, demulcent, nutritive, hepatitis.
  • Good source of nutrition.
  • It relieves stomach problems, intestinal irritation and sores.
  • It also helps to cure tumors.
  • It clears mucus.
  • It is antioxidant.
  • Helpful in soothing and reducing inflammation in sores and swellings.
  • It removes poison out of boils, abscesses, stings, and bites.
  • Good remedy for weeping eczema.
  • It helps to lower blood cholesterol and regulate blood sugar and in preventing bowel cancer due to the presence of beta glucan.
  • Cool barley water used as tonic for fevers and to soothe or heal stomach or digestive upsets.
  • It relieves irritable bowels, dry coughs, diarrhea, cystits, or irritable bladders.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Swetabeeja: White seeds.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Seetali: Cooling effect.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna prakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangacena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu, Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli.

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