This article is by Dr M S Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu) PhD.
Lotus flowers are good cardiac tonics, diuretics, coolants, blood purifiers, complexion enhancers and antipyretic in nature. Botanical name – Nelumbo nucifera belongs to Nymphaceae family.
Depending upon the color several sub species are named and almost all varieties have the similar properties.
Red, blue/violet and white colored plants are commonly found. Red colored is most used and appreciated in therapeutics and white takes next priority.
Usually it is found in the ponds, lakes or back water. Rarely it is cultivated in tubs and flower buckets.
Flowers, petioles and seeds/fruits are used in medicinal field. Fruits are rich in protein and used as food also.
The flowers are sweet in taste, cold in potency and balance Vata and Pitta Dosha.
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Few important simple Lotus remedies are explained here below-
Burning micturition, haematuria
1. Hot infusion of the lotus flower in burning during urination and in haematurtia:
The lotus flowers are taken(dry or wet) –20 grams. 40 grams of warm water is poured. After 15-20 minutes it is filtered and used.While using 3 – 5 grams of honey or sugar candy may be added.This can be used in all the age groups. It is very effective in burning during urination and in haematurtia.
2. Fine paste of the flower for pigmentation scars of face:
The flower is made into fine paste and applied to the face once daily. This enhances the complexion and lustre of the face; also the black spots and freckles are relieved by this.
For nutritious diet
3. Fried seeds for nutritious diet:
The fried seeds are taken similar to any nuts. Seeds are crushed and by adding little coconut and sugar (or jaggery) it is consumed. This is a very good nutritive and improves body strength.
Bilious conditions, bleeding disorders
4. Flower decoction for bilious complaints, burning of the body, menopause syndrome etc:
The lotus flower decoction is taken in the dose of 20-30 ml twice daily in bilious conditions, menopausal problems, bleeding disorders etc.
Palpitation, skin diseases
5. Whole plant decoction for palpitation, skin diseases and blood borne disorders:
Whole plant of lotus is taken in dry form and decoction is made. This is filtered and taken. This pacifies palpitation, skin diseases and blood borne disorders.
Pushpayurveda is a unique text composed by Jain Acharya Samantabhadrasena. In this text he explains several flowers with their relevance, action, qualities and uses in therapeutics. The text as such is not available now a days; but Acharya PV Sharma framed another text by the same name where he too tried hard to explain such medicinally useful flowers and lotus is one among them.
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