1.1 What is a lotus?
The lotus rhizome nodes is the growing ends of the rhizome of the plant lotus. The lotus (botanical name: Nelumbo nucifera, also known as Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, Egyptian bean; Chinese Pinyin: Lian, Simplified Chinese: 莲), is a species of perennial, aquatic, flowering, fruit-bearing, herbaceous plant in genus Nelumbo in the sacred lotus family, Nelumbonaceae. The flowers are white, pink, deep red, gold or yellow, lavender (usually a mixture of them), 10 – 20 cm in diameter, with varied numbers of petals. The lotus flowers, seeds, young leaves as well as it rhizomes (roots) can all be used for food and medicine. The plant can grow up to 150 cm tall. Native to tropical Asia and extensively cultivated in Asia, habitats of lotus include muddy waters, ponds, swamps, water gardens and lakes. Characteristics of lotus include intolerance for shade and wind, great versatility and deep root and rhizomes.
Some simplified Chinese names for lotus rhizome nodes include: 藕节, 藕节巴.
1.2 How is lotus rhizome node used in traditional Chinese medicine?
The lotus rhizome node is considered to be astringent, neutral and nontoxic in nature and to be associated with the liver, lung and stomach meridians. It is used as hemostatic and stasis-eliminating drug in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as hematochezia (blood in stool).
2. Uses, Health Benefits of Lotus Rhizome Nodes & Medical Formulas
[CTM Formula] Fried wheat flour mixed with lotus rhizome nodes juice are taken orally to treat hematemesis due to a lung disorder.
[CTM Formula] A decoction of dried lotus rhizome nodes, ginseng and white honey is taken orally to treat hematochezia (blood in stool).
[CTM Formula] Juice extracted from lotus rhizome nodes is taken orally to treat a nosebleed.
[CTM Formula] Dried lotus rhizome nodes and Sichuan lovage rhizome are powdered, roasted and taken orally with rice soup to treat nasosinusitis.
The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.
The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.
Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.