Chinese Herb: Yi Yi Ren (Seeds of Job's Tears), Semen Coicis Lachyrma-jobi

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Chinese Herb: Yi Yi Ren (Seeds of Job's Tears), Semen Coicis Lachyrma-jobi

Herb 24 of 28 in Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness

Slightly Cold Yi Yi Ren (Semen Coicis Lachyrma-jobi)
Channels:
SP, LU, KI
Properties:
Sweet, Bland, Slightly Cold
Latin:
Semen Coicis Lachyrma-jobi
Chinese:
薏苡仁
Tone Marks:
yì yĭ rén
Alt Names:
Yi Ren, Yi Mi, Yi Ren Mi

Chinese Herb Actions

  • 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • None Noted

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • None Noted

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • None Noted
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Chinese Herb Dosage

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

Chinese Herb Notes

  • 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.

Chinese Herb Clinical Studies & Research

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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