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Coix lacryma Job's tears Hanjeli Poaceae


Coix lacryma, Job's tears, Poaceae, hanjeli

This annual grass is native to south-east Asia and grows to a height of around 3 ft (1 m), with knobbly, bamboo-like stems from the bases of which new ‘tillers’ arise, these sometimes self- layering. The glossy deep green leaves are up to 2 in (5 cm) wide with slightly wavy edges. The flowering and fruiting spikelets are insignificant, but the shiny, pea-sized receptacles that enclose their bases harden in fall (autumn) to a pale bluish gray and have often been used for beads and other decorative purposes. Some selected strains are cultivated for their edible grains.Medical use: Seeds used as diuretic, stomachic, tonic, emollient, febrifuge, anodyne, and sedative; for rheumatism, dropsy and warts. Root as anthelmintic while kernels consumed as food and medicine, diuretic, stomachic, tonic, emollient, febrifuge, anodyne and sedative; to treat lung and chest complaints. Fruit and root used as cardiotonic, skin emollient, analgesic, vermifuge, anti-swelling and diuretic; for gastritis, lymph, rheumatism and beriberi; induce warm feeling.