Among Chinese, coix seed has been valued for its ‘cooling’ property, a concept related to Chinese food therapy, for acting on an ‘inflammed’ human body, mostly occurred after taking considerable spicy, grilled or barbecued foods. In addition to this, Chinese herbalists have regarded the seeds as being capable of:
- 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.
However, they suggest that it is not suitable for pregnant women. But there are claims mention that coix is good for nourishing the skin making it look soft and smooth.
Barley is an ideal ingredient for removing dampness and eliminating edema in spring and summer, but not all barley can remove dampness.
Raw barley has the highest medicinal value, it can remove dampness, clear heat, nourish, strengthen kidney, clear heat and diuresis.
It is slightly cold, and its effect is to moisturize water, clear heat and expel pus.
Precautions for drinking barley water
Although barley water can effectively dispel dampness and diuresis, invigorate the spleen and relieve diarrhea, it is not recommended to be drunk as boiled water due to its cold properties. If you drink it for a long time, it will cause your body to become cold. Moreover, barley has certain medicinal properties.
Excessive hydration will cause the body's water loss, resulting in dry skin, dry intestines, constipation and other uncomfortable symptoms.
It is recommended that the average person 1-2 times a week, the number of times depends on physical fitness, each time 10-30g barley.