Lotus Seed (Lianzi)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Semen Nelumbinis|
|Botanical Name:||Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.|
|Common Name:||Lotus seed|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The lotus seeds are collected from August to September. After the skins of the seeds have been removed, the seeds are dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet, astringent and neutral|
|Meridian:||Spleen, kidney and heart|
|Functions:||To tonify the spleen and stop diarrhea
To reinforce the kidneys and control the essence
To nourish the blood and tranquilize the mind
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Palpitations, insomnia, and irritability.
*Use with Wild jujube seed (Suanzaoren), Arborvitae seed (Baiziren) and Poria with hostwood (Fushen).
2. Kidney deficiency manifested as seminal emissions or leukorrhea.
*Use with Dadder seed (Tusizi), Dioscorea (Shanyao) and Euryale seed (Qianshi).
3. Chronic diarrhea due to deficiency of the spleen.
*Use with White atractylodes (Baizhu), Dioscorea (Shanyao) and Poria (Fuling).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with constipation.|