Buckwheat | Soba 荞麦

Common Chinese Name (pinyin): 荞麦 (qiáo mài)

TCM Five Flavors: Sweet, slightly sour

TCM Energetics: Cooling

Meridian Affinity: Spleen, stomach, and large intestine

Nutritional Science 成分:

  • Nutrients: salicylic acid, oleic acid, linolenic acid, carotenoids, chlorophyll 
  • Functions: 
    • Suitable for gluten-sensitive population
    • Help maintains stable blood sugar level
    • Benefits the heart
    • Lowers blood pressure and blood lipid


TCM Benefits 功效:

  • Tonifies spleen and eliminates intestinal stagnancy
  • Descends Qi and improves digestion
  • Detoxifies and heals sores
  • Reduces coughing due to rebellious Qi 
  • Helps with food stagnation, diarrhea 
  • Helps with excessive or abnormal vaginal discharge

Cooking Suggestions 使用方法:

  • Buckwheat noodle (Soba!)
  • Add whole buckwheat into your porridge or rice
  • Use buckwheat flour in baking

Notes & Safety:

  • Not suitable for long-term, high-dose use
  • Individuals with weak and cold in spleen and stomach should consume in moderation
Written by Five Seasons TCM

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