English Name:Lotus Leaf Extract
Latin Name:Folium Nelumbinis
Other Name:Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.
Lotus is a perennial aquatic herb. Root-stock stout, cylindrical,
embedded in the mud. Leaves peltate, radiately nerved, margins
wavy, petiole long, aculeate, inserted in the middle of the leaf.
Flowers large, solitary, handsome and fragrant, rosy or white,
carpels numerous, ovoid, fleshy, sunk separately in cavities of
receptacle, maturing into nut-like achenes, skin hard and
blackish-brown when ripe.
The lotus is the national flower of India, and is found growing
wild throughout Asia and Australia, but is nearly extinct in the
wild in its native Africa. It is often depicted in religious motifs
in Egypt and Eastern and middle Eastern cultures. The large leaves
are often used as a wrap for food, and lotus leaf has been used in
traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries to help control
bleeding. The lotus is one of the most celebrated and well-known of
flowers, and has been part of the sacred folklore of India and
Southern Asia for over 5,000 years. Every part of the plant is
edible, from the root to the flower itself, and it is used in every
type of dish from soup to dessert.
The effective part of the lotus leaf extracts, include one or
several flavonoid components such as Quercetin, Isoquercitrin,
Nelumboside. The alkaloid components include Nuciferine, Roemerine,
Nornuciferine, Anonaine, Pronuciferine, N-N ornuciferine,
Liriodenine, Dehydroroemerine, Dehydronuciferine, and
Lotus leaf extracts can be used alone or mixed with other Chinese
herbs to reduce weight and fat content in mammals, such as animals
They can also be used to prevent and treat CHD, which can be
induced by abnormal blood lipids.
Lotus leaves are often used fresh to staunch bleeding and reduce
fever as a poultice, and have been prepared in various ways to
treat a wide variety of ills. These preparations include
decoctions, alcohol extraction, boiling to paste and dried in tea.
Lotus leaves have an unusual quality that has been widely
studied in Western science the ability to remain dry in water.
Among the conditions that the lotus leaf has been used to treat are
piles, leprosy, parasites, fever, vomiting, infection, ringworm and
sexually transmitted diseases.
Lotus can also be used to invigorate the spleen function of the
spleen and arrest bleeding by reducing heat in blood.
The lotus is widely consumed as a food throughout southern Asia.
There are no cautions connected with its use.