Coix Seed (Yiyiren)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Semen Coicis|
|Botanical Name:||Coix lachryma-jobi L. var. ma-yuen (Roman.) Stapf|
|Common Name:||Coix seed
Job’s Tears seed
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The seeds are obtained by removing the hard husk of the fruit, which is gathered in autumn.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet or no taste and slightly cold
|Meridian:||Spleen, stomach and lung|
|Functions:||To transform dampness and promote water metabolism
To strengthen the spleen
To clear heat and
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Deficiency of spleen manifested as edema, dysuria and diarrhea.
*Use with Alismatis rhizome (Zexie) and White atractylodes (Baizhu).
2. Beginning stage of damp-heat febrile diseases when the pathogenic factor is at the qi level.
*Use with Talc (Huashi), Bamboo leaf (Zhuye) and Rice paper pith (Tongcao) in the formula Sanren Tang.
3. Accumulation of damp-heat or stagnation of qi and blood manifested as lung abscess and intestinal abscess.
*For lung abscess with cough, sputum and pus, use with Reed stem (Weijing), Benincasa seed (Dongguaren) and Peach seed (Taoren) in the formula Qianjin Weijing Tang.
*For intestinal abscess, use with Patrinia herb (Baijiangcao) in the formula Yiyi Fuzi Baijiang San.
|Cautions:||To tonify and strengthen the spleen this herb is dry-fried.