Oats (Yan Mai)
Botanical Name: Avena sativa
There are oats you drink and oats you eat and oats for medicinal purposes too! In Spring, you can gently squeeze the seed pods to discover a milky fluid that is delicious.
Below is an overview of oats, combining and interpreting the best of Western science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), shamanism, folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of oats.
Western Name: Oats
Also Known As: Oat Straw, Sativa, Oats Milky Seed
Organs/Systems: Menstrual Cycle, Heart, Nerves, Skin
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Sedates, Antioxidant, rich source of carbohydrates, lowers cholesterol, lower blood sugar, prevent heart disease, stimulates estrogen, anti-depressant, skin care.
Pin Yin: Yan Mai
Also Known As: N/A
Meridians: Spleen, Kidney, Chong and Ren
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Warming and Moistening. Nourish Qi, Increase Blood, Essence, and Qi. Promote Bone Growth, Lift Spirit, Benefit Skin (both chronic conditions and relieve frostbite), Restore Heart. Ciruclate Qi, Relax Nerves, Free Spasms, Relieve Pain and Induce Rest.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Grass, Oats, Oat Bran
Flavors: Neutral, Sweet, Warm, Moist
Caution: Can trigger celiac disease like wheat, but nowhere near as strong or as toxic as wheat.
History/Folklore: The first oat factory for bread making was created in England in 1899. Oats are considered a mainstay in the Scottish diet. Some consider oats to be indigenous to the British Isles. The phrase, “sowing your oats” comes from oats used for horses to energize them and encourage them to be sexually active. Sometimes used by women in baths to soften hard water.
Soluble fiber beta-glucans. Rich in protein and minerals, B-complex vitamins, saponins, flavonoids, minerals, alkaloids, steroidal compounds, Vitamin B1, B2, D, and E, and carotene, all of which support the immune system.
Only grain to contain a legume-like protein “avenalin,” which is equivalent in quality to soy protein (which is felt to be equal to egg, meat, and milk protein).
High in Iron
Highest level of iron, zinc and manganese of any grain.
Used to make beer.
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