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(Hato-mugi; Yi yi; Japanese barley) A staple cereal crop in Japan and , and an important medicinal . Nutritious soft-shelled seeds are widely consumed in macrobiotic cuisine. They can be brewed into beer or roasted to make a delicious coffee-like beverage. In , the seeds strengthen the spleen and counteract damp heat, and are used for edema, diarrhea, rheumatoid arthritis and difficult urination.