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Lotus Seed (Nelumbo nucifera) - 莲子 (lián zǐ)

Lotus Seed (Nelumbo nucifera) - 莲子 (lián zǐ)

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Harvested from the big lotus flower, these small, peeled, white/off-white seeds are a principal herb in Chinese medicine. Not only that, lotus seeds amazingly can germinate even after being dormant for a long period of time. Scientists believe this is due to a special enzyme that allows the lotus seed to repair damage to proteins within its cells. Every part of the lotus plant has its own distinct properties, making the lotus plant one of the most versatile herbs in Chinese medicine. The lotus seed is well known to help decrease abnormal fluid leakage from organs such as the spleen, kidney, and heart. These seeds can be found in many herbal formulas and used in many popular soups.

Precaution: Use Chinese herbs or herbal extracts with caution. Professional advice is suggested.  In TCM, Chinese herbs are often combined in the context of formulas to enhance each other's desirable action and to minimize any potential side effect. Consult a professional if you are taking any prescription medications or Western medications as it can cause interference and strong effect in the body.

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