Medicinal Uses of Lotus Seed and Other Lotus Plant Parts.
- Basic Botanical Info of Lotus.
- Lotus Physical Characteristics and Description.
- Phytochemicals and Constituents of Lotus.
- Lotus Preparation and Edible Uses.
- Medicinal Uses of Lotus Seed and Other Lotus Plant Parts.
- Lotus Use in Magic and Personal Growth.
- Research Update:Lotus.
- Traditional Formulas with Lotus Seeds.
- Lotus Origin and Tale.
- Research Update:Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn,Lotus root,Lotus leaf.
Medicinal Uses of Lotus Seed and Other Lotus Plant Parts.:
Lotus seeds are classified as astringents, being sweet and neutral, and benefiting the spleen, kidney, and heart. The sweet taste and nourishing qualities of the seed are responsible for the benefit to the spleen; this helps stop diarrhea associated with qi deficiency. The astringent quality helps prevent loss of kidney essence, so the seeds are used to treat weak sexual function in men and leukorrhea in women. The seed also has calming properties that alleviate restlessness, palpitations, and insomnia (more so in the whole seed with embryo). The medicinal dosage is 6-15 grams when it is combined with other herbs that have similar applications and double that when used as the main ingredient (the amount in the bean and lotus soup is about 7 grams per serving and in the cream lotus soup and sweet lotus desert about 37-40 grams per serving).
As an example of a therapy for diarrhea, one ounce of lotus seed is soaked in warm water for a few hours, then an adequate amount of rock sugar is added (to taste), and the mixture is simmered until the lotus seeds are well done. To this thick soup a cup of tea-made by steeping 5 g of black tea in boiling water-is added to yield the medicinal food. Traditional herb formulas for diarrhea are described in the next section.
Inside the seed there is a green embryo that is quite bitter; it is usually removed before the seed is provided as a food product. The embryo (lianzixin; heart of the lotus seed), is classified as bitter and cold and benefiting the heart; it dispels pathogenic heat from the heart to treat fidgets and spontaneous bleeding due to heat. The bitter components are isoquinoline alkaloids with sedative and antispasmodic effects. The alkaloids dilate blood vessels and thereby reduce blood pressure. Small amounts of the alkaloids are found in the seeds with embryo removed, and these may contribute an antispasmodic action for the intestines, helping to alleviate diarrhea.
The lotus leaves (heye) are also bitter, but neutral, and are said to benefit the stomach, spleen, and liver. They are used for treatment of summer heat syndrome and dampness accumulation; they also contain the lotus alkaloids with hypotensive effect. Lotus leaf has become popular for lowering blood lipids and treating fatty liver; it is commonly combined with crataegus, which promotes blood circulation and lowers blood fats, for that purpose. Lotus stems (hegeng) are used medicinally in the same way as the leaves for treatment of summer heat and are used also to treat tightness in the chest due to obstruction of qi circulation.
Lotus stamen (lianxu) is sweet, astringent, and neutral, benefiting the heart and kidney; it is mainly used for preventing discharge, such as treatment of leukorrhea or for frequent urination. It contains flavonoids and a small amount of alkaloids. Lotus nodes, the rhizome nodes (oujie), are astringent and neutral, benefiting the liver, lung, and stomach. They are mostly used to control bleeding. All the parts of the lotus have some antihemorrhagic effect, but the rhizome nodes are relied upon for that purpose specifically. The active component for reducing bleeding is not yet established, though quercetin and other flavonoids may play a role by improving capillary wall strength. By charcoaling the lotus plant parts, as is sometimes done, a hemostatic effect is assured, as charcoal itself has this effect (it promotes blood coagulation).
If you manage to obtain fresh, tender lotus roots, peel the thin skin away, slice crossways and marinate in a dressing. They may be eaten raw and enjoyed for their crunchy texture which is said to cool the blood. After cooking for a couple of hours it is credited with stimulatingthe appetite. Stalks of flowers and leaves counter diarrhoea and the stamens of the lotus flowers are a diuretic.
Medicinal Properties: Astringent; Cancer; Cardiotonic; Febrifuge; Hypotensive; Miscellany; Resolvent; Stomachic; Styptic; Tonic; Vasodilator.
The Sacred water lotus has been used in the Orient as a medicinal herb for well over 1,500 years. All parts of the plant are used, they are astringent, cardiotonic, febrifuge, hypotensive, resolvent, stomachic, styptic, tonic and vasodilator. The leaf juice is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and is decocted with liquorice (Glycyrrhiza spp) for the treatment of sunstroke. A decoction of the flowers is used in the treatment of premature ejaculation. The flowers are recommended as a cardiac tonic. A decoction of the floral receptacle is used in the treatment of abdominal cramps, bloody discharges etc. The flower stalk is haemostatic. It is used in treating bleeding gastric ulcers, excessive menstruation, post-partum haemorrhage. The stamens are used in treating urinary frequency, premature ejaculation, haemolysis, epistasis and uterine bleeding. A decoction of the fruit is used in the treatment of agitation, fever, heart complaints etc. The seed contains several medically active constituents, including alkaloids and flavonoids. It is hypotensive, sedative and vasodilator. The seed has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and to relax the smooth muscle of the uterus. It is used in the treatment of poor digestion, enteritis, chronic diarrhoea, spermatorrhoea, leukorrhoea, insomnia, palpitations etc. The plumule and radicle are used to treat thirst in high febrile disease, hypertension, insomnia and restlessness. The root is tonic. The root starch is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery etc, a paste is applied to ringworm and other skin ailments. It is also taken internally in the treatment of haemorrhages, excessive menstruation and nosebleeds. The roots are harvested in autumn or winter and dried for later use. The root nodes are used in the treatment of nasal bleeding, haemoptysis, haematuria and functional bleeding of the uterus. The plant has a folk history in the treatment of cancer, modern research has isolated certain compounds from the plant that show anticancer activity.
Traditional medicinal uses:
The rhizomes or leaves are used with other herbs to treat sunstroke, fever, diarrhoea, dysentery, dizziness, vomiting of blood, haemorrhoids. The whole plant is used as an antidote to mushroom poisoning.
Seeds: The embryonic seeds for high fever, cholera (Chinese), nervous disorders and insomnia; the seeds to stop vomiting, relieve indigestion and diarrhoea or just as a tonic.
Flowers: pounded petals for syphilis; for cosmetic unguents (Java); the flower stalk with other herbs to treat bleeding from the uterus.
Fruit: the pods contain alkaloids that stop bleeding.
The lotus is one of the world most celebrated flowers. From time immemorial to the present day, it has always been in folklore, religion and the arts in one form or the other. Apart from its majestic beauty, the Lotus is held sacred because of the mystical effects it can produce.
The ripe seeds produce a wholesome effect in cases of Neurathenia, spermatorrhea, and metrorthoea. The leaves are the seed cores in decoction are effective of insomnia and haemorrhage and haemotemesis.
The flowers, seeds, young leaves and rhizomes are edible, while the big leaves, 2 feet in diameter, are used to wrap food in. Plant rhizomes are a source of lotus meal which is rich in starch. It was often smoked or made into a tea with the idea that it would create a feeling of joy that permeated the mind and body.
The stamens (The male reproductive organ of a flower) can be dried and made into a fragrant herbal tea (Tea-like drink made of leaves of various herbs). The seeds or nuts are quite versatile, and can be eaten raw or dried and popped like popcorn (Small kernels of corn exploded by heat). They can also be boiled down until soft and made into a paste. Combined with sugar, lotus seed paste is a common ingredient in pastries such as mooncakes, daifuku and (Grains used as food either unpolished or more often polished) rice (Fine powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a cereal grain) flour (Any of various soft sweet desserts thickened usually with flour and baked or boiled or steamed) pudding.
all parts:nutritive tonic, aphrodisiac, astringent, haemostatic, nervine, emmenagogue.
seeds: cardiac tonic, seminal tonic, astringent, sedative, refrigerant, strengthens kidneys, clears phlegm, clears inflammation of eyes.
root: astringent, haemostatic, works on first chakra issues.
leaves: alterative (used for mushroom and alcohol poisoning), astringent, refrigerant.
plumule: refrigerant, nervine, alterative.
Raw lotus root can clear away heat, cool the blood, dissipate blood stasis, it is a conventional hemostatic agent and used for thirst and fever in febrile diseases (fever), to treat restlessness, nose-bleeding and strangury (slow and painful spasmodic discharge of urine drop by drop) of the heat type.
Cooked lotus root can strengthen the spleen, promote the functional activity of stomach, replenish the blood, promote the tissue regeneration and arrest diarrhea.
Lotus node, when parched, can arrest bleeding and dissipate blood stasis, is used to shorten bleeding and blood coagulation times. The decoction of lotus node, when taken orally, can check upward adverse flow of qi and regulate the middle-jiao.
Lotus seeds are nourishing and sedative.
The leaves, the pod of the seeds and stem are hemostatic and astringent (causing contraction).
1. For all kinds of bleeding: Boil 500 g lotus root to obtain concentrated juice. It can be used constantly. For inner heat due to yin deficiency, it is also very helpful.
2. For heat-phlegm and coughing: Prepare equal amount of juice from pear and lotus root and serve as one would tea.
3. For dribbling urine of the heat type: Prepare fresh juice from fresh lotus root, grapes and rehmanniae root. Add a little bee honey and serve as tea.
4. For vomiting and thirst: Use 30 g fresh lotus root, 3 g fresh ginger. Squeeze both to obtain juice and divide it into 3 doses for daily use.
Indications and Precautions:
Indications: diarrhea, bleeding disorders, menorrhagia, leucorrhea, bleeding associated with threatened miscarriage, impotence, spermatorrhea, venereal diseases, heart weakness, poisoning, fever, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, dark urine, hematuria
Precautions: indigestion, food stagnation, constipation
- 1.Lotus root is the fat root of a plant Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.
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