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In Asia it is both a food and a medicine. In China it is used for the therapy of painful and stiff joints. The fruits have also been used for various cancerous tumours as well as warts. The plant contains chemicals that have antioxidant effects and decrease the growth of bacteria and parasites. Called Yi Yi Ren, it can also be used as a general health tonic, primarily benefitting the functions of the spleen, lungs and skin. It was also commonly used for arthritis and rheumatism since these conditions are associated with excess moisture. It is said to contain numerous amino acids, lysine, arginine, B1, adenoisine, and thiamin. The Grains are called pearl barley and used as a food in Asia and cultivated as a cereal in India

Comments Warnings : They grow successfully in open sunny position in ordinary garden soil.