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Coix Seed


Chinese Name Yiyiren
Latin Semen Coicis
English Name Coix Seed
Key Characteristics Herb that drains dampness and subsides swelling
Source Dried ripe kernel of Coix lacryma-jobi L. var. mayuen (Roman.) Stapf (Fam. Gramineae).
Property, Flavor and Meridians Entered

Sweet, tasteless, slightly cold.  Spleed, Stomach, Lung


To invigorate the spleen function and induce excretion of urine, dispel dampness, arrest diarrhea, remove heat and facilitate drainage of pus


Edema, difficult urination, arthralgia due to dampness, diarrhea due to diminished function of the spleen, lung abscess, appendicitis,verruca plana, in addition, used for carcinoma of esophagus, gastric carcinoma, colon carcinoma, rectal cancer and verruca plana juvenilis

Special Usage Fresh ones are used to clear heat and drain dampness. Dry-fried ones are used to invigorate the spleen to arrest diarrhea

Use with caution in patients with less body fluids.

Chemical Composition

It contains fatty oil, coixenolide, polysaccharides and amino acids, etc.


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