Yi Yi Ren – Job’s Tears – Semen Coicis

Yi Yi Ren

English Name: coix seeds, Job’s tears

Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Coicis

Medica Category: Water-Regulating and Damp-Resolving Herbs

Properties: Yi Yi Ren enters the Spleen, Stomach, and Lung channels; it is sweet and bland in nature and cool in temperature.

What is Yi Yi Ren?:

The Chinese Herb Yi Yi Ren is the dried, ripened seed kernels of the coix plant (Coix lachrymal-jobi L. var. ma-yuen (Roman) Staph), a tropical, grain-bearing plant grown in Fujian, Hebei and Liaoning provinces in China.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Yi Yi Ren:

Yi Yi Ren strengthens the Spleen and resolves accumulations of dampness with such clinical presentations as edema (including fluid in the lungs), various manifestations of dysuria, and diarrhea/loose stools.

Yi Yi Ren resolves dampness and relieves pain to treat bi zheng (painful obstruction syndrome) caused by accumulated dampness.

Yi Yi Ren clears damp heat conditions (from any level) when there are the accompanying symptoms of a greasy white tongue coating and digestive difficulties.