Herb of the Day: Coix

( Coix lachryma jobi )

The seeds are the functional parts of the coix plant, it is also known as Job’s tears. The full, round, white fruit is used as a food. The seeds can be ingested over a long period of time without producing side effects other than feeling of dryness. In Chinese traditional medicine the seeds are categorized as sweet, bland, and sightly cold. The fruit is grown throughout China and harvested at the end of fall when the seeds have ripened. Coix seeds can be found in Chinese pharmacies, Asian food markets, and some western health food stores. Coix seeds mix well with poria mushrooms, kudzu root, and white atractylodes that is often prescribed for traveler’s diarrhea, weak digestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, morning sickness, bloating, and cramps. If mixed with winter melon seeds, adzuki beans, and akebia caulis for inadequate urination. Consult a Chinese medicine practitioner for information on herbal preparations and doses. Practitioners urge pregnant women to use the seeds with caution because of the herb’s drying effect on body tissue.Clinical trials have indicated and effect of the oil from coix seeds on breathing, low doses of the oil appear to stimulate breathing while high doses seem to inhibit it.
Aids with: urinary difficulty, marked by edema ( retention of body fluids, carbuncles, lung, intestinal abscesses, diarrhea, coated tongue, arthritic pains from weather changes, fever accompanied by inadequate urination, planter warts.


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