Common Barley. Nat. Ord. Gramineae. Linn. Syst. Triandria Digynia. Cultivated in most parts of Europe.
Med. Prop. and Action. The seeds deprived of the husks (pearl barley) are demulcent in the form of decoction. M. Themont considers that this decoction acts powerfully on the kidneys, and that it may be advantageously employed when alkalies and stimulating diuretics are contra-indicated. Flavoured to the taste with sugar, lemon-juice, &c, it is an excellent refrigerant drink in Febrile and 1nflamniatory attacks; in Gonorrhoea, to relieve the-Ardor UrinAe; and in Calculous Affections. It is gently laxative. As an article of diet, Barley is of great importance, but it is less nutritious than many other grains.