When prepared with whole barley it cleanses, swiftly penetrating and provides “a subtle nourishment”.
It is best to drink it hot as it cleanses more quickly and effectively. It increases the innate heat and sticks to the stomach lining.
It is also very good for coughs and sore throats
As-Suyuti attributed to Hippocrates that barley water has ten beneficial properties, that is has the quality of being smooth and sticky and can be used for treating hot diseases.