Know the basics
What is Barley used for?
Barley is a food staple and is also brewed into beer, fermented to make miso, and processed to yield malt sugar.
Barley is used for lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol, and for promoting weight loss. It is also used for digestive complaints including diarrhea, stomach pain, and inflammatory bowel conditions.
Some people use barley for increasing strength and endurance. Other uses include cancer prevention and treatment of a lung problem called bronchitis.
Barley is applied to the skin for treating boils.
How does it work?
There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies that show:
- Nutritional values;
- Antioxidant activity;
- Cancer prevention;
- HIV infection, detoxification of pollutants, and boosting energy and immunity.
Know the precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Barley?
Barley might lower blood sugar levels. There is a concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using barley at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
How safe is Barley?
Barley should not be used medicinally (high doses) in pregnancy.
Patients with celiac disease or other sensitivities to barley probably should avoid use of barley grass.
Barley might lower blood sugar levels. Your diabetes medications might need to be adjusted by your healthcare provider.
Know the side effects
What kind of side effects may I have from Barley?
Barley has some side effects including dermatitis, asthma, and life-threatening recurrent anaphylaxis.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.
Know the interactions
What interactions may I have with Barley?
This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.
- Medications for diabetes. Taking barley with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to be too low.
- Medications taken by mouth. Fiber in barley can decrease how much medicine the body absorbs.
Understand the dosage
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.
What is the usual dose for Barley?
Most trials evaluating effects on cholesterol have used dosages ranging from 3 to 10g/day. An intake of at least 3g/day of barley is suggested for lowering cholesterol.
The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.
What form does Barley come in?
This herbal supplement may be contained in food; no specific forms are available.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017