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COIX SEED: Food and Medicine (by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon)

Coix seed is the common name for the Chinese medicinal material Coix lacryma-jobi seed.  The entire coix plant and its seed pod are commonly called Job’s Tears, which is the English equivalent of the Latin species name (lacryma = tears): the seed pod often has a tear drop appearance.  Linnaeus gave the botanical name in 1753, relying upon an existing popular reference for the tear shaped pods to the Book of Job (e.g., Job said: “before God my eyes drop tears”); it has also been called St. Mary’s tears.   World-wide, this plant is best known for those pods (pericarps), which have a hole naturally occurring at each end, making them a useful source of beads for stringing.  One popular application is making rosaries,...

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Coix seeds (Yi Yi Ren) and their benefits

Coix seeds and their benefitsOther Names of Coix: Job's-tears, Adlay Millet, Yi Yi Ren, Chinese Pearl Barley, Soft-shelled Job's Tears, Coix ma-yuen, Lagrimas de Job, Coix Lachrymal, Coix lacryma-jobi, Yi Hato-mugiUseful Parts of the Plant: Seeds, rootCoix seed or Job's tears are a type of branched grass with broad leaves. Found in India, Pakistan, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, it is well known for its health benefits. Coix seeds are shaped like tears and are found in different colors such as purple, white, brown and yellow. The seeds and root of the plant are used for medicinal purposes to cure various ailments such as arthritis, high cholesterol, warts and hay fever. Coix seed is one of the most popular food herbs used...

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