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Job's Tears

  • Coix lacryma-jobi
  • Origin: China
Job's Tears


Common Name

Standardized: Job's tears
Other: coix

Botanical Name

Coix lacryma-jobi L.
Plant Family: Poaceae



Job’s Tears is a tall grain-bearing tropical plant of the family Poaceae (grass family) native to Southeast Asia. It has been naturalized in the southern United States and the New World tropics. In its native environment it is grown in higher areas where rice and corn do not grow well. Job’s Tears is harvested as a cereal crop, has a soft shell, and is used medicinally in parts of Asia.


Arabinose, xylose, glucose, uronic acid

Parts Used


Typical Preparations

Teas, often combined with rice and lycii berries and used to make a medicinal porridge.


Job’s Tears is used alongside other herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine to invigorate the spleen function and promote urination. In both the Eastern Band of indigenous Cherokee and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, the beads of Job’s Tears are called “corn beads” or “Cherokee corn beads” and have been used for personal adornment since at least the time of the united Cherokee Republic.


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.