333Jacob's Tears (croix lachryma-jobi)
- Jul 1, 2003In view of its apparent anti-cancer properties I went to China town in
London to buy a couple of pounds to sprinkle on my daily muesli. I was
not successful, because I was not able to ensure that what they were
selling me was not barley. I was not able to resolve the difference
because the Chinese name for both appears to be the same.
Does anyone have a uk source for it in whole grain form?
I now realise that it is also to be found in India and so I might be
able to buy it in a local Indian supermarket.
Does anyone know of the Indian name for it?
An added problem is that there are different varieties and I want the
one that is most cancer effective. That is the one to be found in
southeast China. I say this without knowing if the Indian version is
Here is some background information taken from
"Chinese pearl barley the latest cancer cure
It has long been suspected that the low cancer rates in southeast
China could be due to a dietary staple in the region, Coix
lachryma-jobi, or Jobs's tears, a relative of maize.
The species appears to be widely distributed throughout the world. The
seeds, shaped like tear drops and coloured greyish white to dark
brown, are often used as beads in necklaces because they come with a
perforating hole from one end to the other. When shelled, the kernel
is white and looks like barley; and indeed, is referred to as such.
Its Chinese name, yi-yi-jen, or yi-mi (in southeast China) is the same
as that used for barley, or yang-yi-mi, `yang' meaning `foreign', or
`across the ocean'.
Yi-mi is used in soups and porridges and is a common ingredient in
many herbal medicines for treating a variety of ailments including
cancer. It has also been widely used as a diuretic, analgesic and
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