Yi Yi Ren - Seeds of Job's Tears

TCM Materia Medica

Yi Yi Ren TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "yi yi ren" which in english is "seeds of job's tears", is categorized within the "herbs that drain dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, lung and spleen channels and exhibits cold (han) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 9-30g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Promotes urination, drains dampness - edema, difficult urination, damp leg qi.
  • Strengthens the spleen, stops diarrhea.
  • Clears heat and expels pus - carbuncles, lung or intestinal abscesses.
  • Expels wind-damp, relieves joint and muscle pain.
  • Clears damp-heat - any damp-heat disorder at any level with greasy tongue coating and digestive problems.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, yi yi ren is generally included in the following 6 formulas:

  • Bao Ji Wan (Protect and Relieve Pills) - Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen. Foul sm…
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  • Kang Zhong Wan (Cancer Support Pill) - A modern formula with a range of Chinese herbs that can be …
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  • Qian Lie Shu Wan (Prostate Comfort Pills) - Frequent and/or urgent urination, dribbling, incontinence. …
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  • Qing Bi Wan (Clear The Nose Decoction) - Sinus issues arising from damp-heat pattern in Chinese Medi…
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  • Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan (Ginseng, Poria & Atractylodes Pills) - Diarrhea, loose stools, or mucus/greasy stools from damp ac…
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  • Si Miao Wan (Four Marvels Powder) - Damp-Heat Bi-Syndromes in Chinese Medicine terms - arthriti…
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    As noted above, yi yi ren is within the herbs that drain dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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