Coix ( 薏苡仁 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Coicis LachrymaJobi

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Yi Yi Ren

Common English Name

Job's Tears (seed)

Part of Plant Used

Seed with the husk removed




Sweet, bland

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Stomach, Lungs, Large Intestine

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas that promote urination; treat edema and arthritislike pain and spasms in the legs; reduce diarrhea; and assist digestion (TCM: internal dampness; deficient Spleen function; damp-heat conditions).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Promotes urination and leaches out dampness; strengthens Spleen and stops diarrhea; clears heat and expels pus; expels wind dampness; clears damp heat.

Common Formulas Used In

Ginseng and Atractylodes.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use during pregnancy.

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