COMMON NAME: Job's Tears

LATIN NAME: Coix Lacryma-Jobi

ORIGIN: South-East Asia

HABITAT: Many species of Job's Tears grow under the natural conditions of the tropics and subtropics in South-East Asia. The plant is cultivated in the Philippines, in the countries of North America.

In the wild, it grows along the banks of rivers, along with the herbs of marshy meadows.

In the countries of South-East Asia, in the mountain regions Job's Tears is grown as a food plant, since there is a low yield of other cereals. Coix Lacryma-Jobi is grown as an ornamental cereal.

BOTANICAL INFORMATION: Job's Tears (lat. Coix Lacryma-Jobi) is a small genus of tropical herbaceous plants. Job's Tears belongs to the Gramineae family.

Coix genus is represented by perennial or annual plants, growing mainly in the subtropical and tropical strip. They have leafy dense up-stream stems up to 60 cm in height. The leaves are long, light green in color, resemble cane or corn leaves. Inflorescences are axillary, complex, racemose, formed from the leaf angle of the upper leaves.
Job's Tears is a monoecious plant. Its inflorescences carry stamen and pistil spikelets at the end of long stalks. 
Flowering of the herb is observed in August-September. The fruit of Job's Tears is up to 1.5 cm in diameter, ovoid or spherical, shiny on top, very dense, resembles a stone, pearl grayish or yellowish-white in color, when it ripens, it becomes blue or brown.


Coix Lacryma-Jobi has a rich vitamin and mineral composition. It contains carbohydrates, amino acids (glutamic acid), fatty unsaturated acids (oleic and linoleic) and saturated - palmitic, stearic acid, lipids, cuaxenolide, cuaxol, sitosterol. Among vitamins, a high content of B1, A , E, B2, C, phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese. The plant has a high nutritional value. It contains fats - 2.7 g, proteins - 14.8 g, carbohydrates - 67.0 g, plant fibers - about 4.0 g.

ACTIONS: Due to the rich chemical composition , the plant possesses analgesic, anodyne, anticancer, antidiarrheal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antipyretic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitumor, demulcent, depurative, diuretic, emollient, hepatic, hypoglycemic, hypotensive, immunity booster, sedative, tonic, vermifuge actions on the human’s body.


The plant is effectively used in eastern medicine to treat skin diseases (dermatitis, eczema, allergic rashes).

Coix Lacryma-Jobi is also used orally for gastrointestinal diseases, in order to remove excess fluid from the body, as an expectorant.

 It is used as an antifungal agent, has a beneficial effect on the skeletal system, strengthens bones, and prevents the development of osteoporosis.

The amino acids in the plant improve vision, as well as brain activity.

 According to recent studies by American scientists, Job's Tears extract exhibits oncoprotective activity and is able to stop the growth of malignant neoplasms.

Job's Tears is effective in case of papillomas of the bladder and urethra.


Job's Tears is not recommended for use by persons with a tendency to constipation, digestive disorders, or those suffering from gastritis.

To protect yourself from potential risks, do not use it during pregnancy and breast-feeding period.

Individual intolerance and a tendency to allergic reactions are also considered to be contraindications to the use of Job's Tears.


The first mention of Job's Tears (Koiks) as a medicinal plant is found in the canon of medicinal herbs of China "Herbalism of the sacred farmer." Even in ancient works were mentioned a number of diseases against which Koiks was effective. This included a disease of the spleen, "expulsion of water", "discharge of pus".

Crafts made from colorful fruits were considered to have magical and healing properties. Therefore, the bracelet from the “Beads” of Job's Tears was put on the baby’s handle in order to reduce teething pain. This product was also worn by adults to get rid of cough and strengthen their body. The Chinese say that Coix bracelet fulfills desires.

Job's Tears has many synonymous names, in particular “plant pearls”, “the Virgin Mary tears”, which is explained by the similarity of the shape of the fruit to beads, tears.

The name Job’s Tears is somewhat biblical. Coix Lacryma-Jobi plant received its name in honor of Job the Long-suffering, from the book of Job in the Bible.

Coix grains are notable for the fact that they do not lose their useful properties during processing and are easily digested. They are used to make soups and cereals, which are especially useful for dietary and digestive disorders.

*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.