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Re: [pfaf] Jacob's Tears (croix lachryma-jobi)

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  • Ken Fern
    The Pin Yin (Chinese medicinal name) for Coix lacryma-jobi is Yi Yi Ren, whilst barley is called Mai Ya. Yi Yi Ren can be obtained as a grain from Chinese food
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      The Pin Yin (Chinese medicinal name) for Coix lacryma-jobi is Yi Yi Ren,
      whilst barley is called Mai Ya.

      Yi Yi Ren can be obtained as a grain from Chinese food shops, but if you
      want to make sure you get the variety used medicinally (called Ma Yuen) then
      you are best advised to go to a Chinese Herbalist. There are several
      herbalists in the area of China town in London that supply the seed. If you
      want to buy a kilo or more then you can save money by going direct to a
      Chinese Herbal wholesaler called Herbs Kingdom which is located in
      south-east London (I do not have the address or phone number handy, but can
      get them for you if Directory Enquiries cannot help you).

      It is probably not very viable obtaining the whole seed since it has a very
      tough seedcoat and so is very difficult to utilise.

      The seed has several names in India, in Sanskrit it is known as Gavedhu or
      Javgadi. In Hindi it is called Gurlu or Sankru. It has various other local
      names throughout the country.

      I hope this is helpful

      Ken Fern

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "benfordlaw" <RGS@...>
      To: <pfaf@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 9:33 AM
      Subject: [pfaf] Jacob's Tears (croix lachryma-jobi)

      > In 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
      > the same.
      > Here is some background information taken from
      > http://i-sis.org.uk/full/GCM2Full.php
      > "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
      > antispasmodic agent."
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