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Yi Yi Ren (Seeds of Job's Tears)

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Slightly Cold Yi Yi Ren (Semen Coicis Lachyrma-jobi)
Sweet, Bland, Slightly Cold
Semen Coicis Lachyrma-jobi
Tone Marks:
yì yĭ rén
Alt Names:
Yi Ren, Yi Mi, Yi Ren Mi


  • Tonifies the Spleen, Resolves Dampness
    For dysuria, edema, leg qi, diarrhea, and damp febrile disorders due to Spleen deficiency leading to dampness.
  • Clears Wind-Damp, Relieves Pain and Spasms
    For stiff joints, muscle spasm and tendon pain due to wind damp painful obstruction.
  • Clears Heat and Expels Pus
    For lung and intestinal abscesses and postulated carbuncles due to heat. Also for any damp-heat disorder with a greasy tongue and digestion problem.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • None Noted

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • None Noted

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted


  • 10-30 grams in decoction 12
  • 9-30 grams in decoction 13


  • This herb is valued for its abilities to treat symptoms of Dampness while strengthening Spleen, much like Fu Ling. The main differences being Yi Yi Ren will clear heat and Fu Ling will calm the Heart.

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