Job’s tears (scientific name: Coix lacryma-jobi, also known as adlay, adlay millet, coixseed and tear grass; Chinese Pinyin: Yi Yi, Simplified Chinese: 薏苡), is a species of perennial flowering grain-bearing herbaceous plant in genus Coix (grasses family, Poaceae). Native to Southeast Asia and found in the valley, damp places and on stream banks, the plant can grow up to 150 cm tall. The seed of Job’s tears is used as diuretic, spleen tonic, anti-diarrheal (stop or slow diarrhea), anti-paralysis drug and pus draining drug in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis and edema.
Other simplified Chinese names for Job’s tears include: 解蠡, 芑实, 莘 米, 回回米, 薏珠子, 薏苡仁, 米仁, 六谷, 川谷, 菩提子.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The seed and root of Job’s tears are considered to have sweet, mildly cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the spleen, stomach and lung meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Job’s Tears & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Cold, Flu, Fever And Coughing
A decoction of phragmites australis stem, walnut kernel, coix seed and winter melon seeds is taken to heal lung-heat related coughing.
3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain
Job’s tears and bunge cherry seed are cooked and eaten to treat edema (swelling caused by fluid retention).
Job’s tears and platycodon root are powdered and taken orally to relieve toothache.
3.3 Jaundice in Adults – Liver and Gallbladder Disorders
A decoction of Job’s tears root is taken orally and regularly to treat jaundice in adults caused by liver and gallbladder disorders.
3.4 Rheumatoid Arthritis
Pills made with Skimmia reevesiana leaves (fried), Coix seed, bunge cherry seed, Ipomoea nil seeds and honey is taken orally to treat rheumatoid arthritis with foot pain symptoms.
3.5 Skin Health
A decoction of coix seeds, radix aconiti carmichaeli and Patrinia scabiosifolia is used in treating inguinal carbuncles.
3.6 Intestinal Worms
A decoction of Job’s tears root is taken orally to kill intestinal worms.
Job’s tears porridge is taken orally to help to treat diabetes.
4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:
Administration with caution for pregnant women.
5. Research And Studies:
Job’s tears seed contains coixenolide, myristic acid, campesterol, Palmitic acid, 8-octadecenoic acid, stigmasterol, amino acids, proteins and carbohydrates.
The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.
The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.
Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.