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Introduction To Coix Seed (yi yi ren)  









Coix Seed (yi yi ren)

Semen Coicis


Properties: The herb is sweet and tasteless in flavour, slightly cold in nature. It acts on spleen, stomach and lung channels. Tasteless for removing dampness, sweet for tonifying spleen, slight coldness for eliminating heat, and neutral, not oily and not drastic, coix seed as a herb for eliminating heat and dampness is indicated for edema, diarrhea, damp arthralgia and pulmonary abscess.

Effects: Inducing diuresis, excreting dampness, strengthening spleen, arresting diarrhea, clearing heat and pus.



1. The herb is often used in combination with umbellate pore-fungus, poria, oriental water plantain rhizome and other herbs for inducing diuresis and alleviating edema, to treat water and dampness retention, edema, beriberi and dysuria; with Dangshen, white atractylodes rhizome, poria, Chinese yam rhizome and other herbs for strengthening spleen and arresting diarrhea, such as Shenling Baizhu Powder, to tret diarrhea and anorexia due to spleen deficiency.

2. The herb is often used in combination with phellodendron bark, atractylodes rhizome, achyranthes root for clearing heat and dampness, alleviating arthralgia and pain, to treat arthralgia due to damp-heat and swelling, heat and pain in joints; and with apricot kernel, round cardamon seed and other herbs for eliminating dampness and heat and promoting Qi circulation, such as Sanren Decoction, to treat early damp-heat syndrome, fever, fatigue, chest tightness and greasy tongue.

3. The herb can be used in combination with common reed root, Chinese waxgourd seed and other herbs for clearing heat from the lung and pus, such as Weijing Decoction, to treat pulmonary abscess, cough and purutemr phlegm; with rhubarb, peach kernel, dandelion and other herbs for clearing heat and suppuration of the intestine to treat acute appendicitis and abdominal pain.

Dosage and Administration: 10-30g. It is appropriate to be used stir-baked to strengthen spleen and arrest diarrhea, and used unprepared in other dituationus.


For the convenience of customers, we offer the Coix Seed (yi yi ren) as the  quick-dissolving granule made through modern technology.




Every sachet is equivalent to raw herb 15 grams.


The dosage is for adults, one sachet each time, twice a day. Please put the granule into a cup, then put 50-100ml boiling water into the cup and stir it with spoon. You will get some tea, drink it when it is luke-warm. For children, the dosage should be reduced according to the weight.


Air ship 50 sachets of Coix Seed (yi yi ren) in the form of quick-dissolving granule for your personal use now at $98.00.

If you would like to order this raw herb, please go to the order form.


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