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Lotus

Lotus
Lotus the national flower of India is also known as “Kamal” or “Padmini”. It is a sacred plant and a symbol of divine beauty and purity. There are two types of Lotus: Kamal and Kumud. Kamal has pink or reddish-pink petals and is also known as 'Rakta Kamala'. Kumud has white petals and is known as 'Pundarika’ or ‘Sveta Kamala’. Lotus is a medicinal plant and all its parts such as leaves, seeds, flowers, fruit and rhizomes are edible and shows medicinal benefits. Lotus has antioxidant, anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps manage diseases like diarrhea, weight loss, poor digestion, gastric ulcers and high cholesterol[2-4][7].

What are the synonyms of Lotus?

Nelumbo nucifera, Abja, Aravinda, Padma, Kalhara, Sitopala, Pankaja, Podum, Padma Phool, Salaphool, Kamal, Kanwal, Tavare, Naidile, Tavaregedd, Tamara, Venthamara, Chenthamara, Senthamara, Komala, Pamposh, Tamarai, Thamaraipoo, Aravindan, Paduman, Kamalam, Sarojam, Kaluva, Tamarapuvow[1].

What is the source of Lotus?

Plant Based

Benefits of Lotus

How effective is Lotus?

Insufficient evidence
Bleeding, Diarrhoea

Precautions when using Lotus

Advice from Experts
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Lotus may increase the risk of bleeding. So it is generally advised to consult your doctor while taking Lotus with anticoagulants, NSAIDS and anti inflammatory drugs[6].
Breastfeeding
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Avoid taking Lotus during Breastfeeding[5].
Patients with diabetes
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Lotus may decrease the blood sugar level. So it is generally advised to monitor your blood sugar level while taking Lotus with antidiabetic drugs[5].
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Lotus may decrease the blood sugar level. So it generally advised to monitor your blood sugar while taking Lotus with anti diabetic drugs[6].
Patients with heart disease
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1. Lotus may have anti-arrhythmic activity. So it generally advised to monitor your heart rate while taking Lotus with anti-arrhythmic drugs[6].
2. Lotus may decrease the blood pressure. So it generally advised to monitor your blood pressure while taking Lotus with anti-hypertensive drugs[6].
Pregnancy
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Avoid taking Lotus during Pregnancy[5].
Side Effects
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1. Hypersensitivity
2. Flatulence
3. Constipation
4. Stomach distention[6].

Recommended Dosage of Lotus

  • Lotus Capsule - 1-2 capsules twice a day.

How to use Lotus

1. Lotus root Chips
a. Preheat the microwave oven to 300- 325 F.
b. Peel off the skin of Lotus roots with a vegetable peeler.
c. Slice into thin roots.
d. Combine the sliced roots with 2 tbsp oil, black pepper, salt and sesame oil in bowl.
e. Mix well until all the pieces are evenly covered with oil and seasonings.

2. Lotus Seeds (dried) or Makhana
a. Take dried Lotus seeds or Makhana as per your requirement.
b. Roast them slightly in Ghee.
c. Take preferably before meals.

3. Lotus extract capsule
a. Take 1-2 capsule of Lotus extract capsule.
b. Swallow it with water 1-2 times a day.

Recommended Dosage of Lotus

  • Lotus Cream - Use twice a day as per your requirement.
  • Lotus Oil - 2-5 drops or as per your requirement.

How to use Lotus

1. Lotus Flower Paste
a. Take ½ -1 teaspoon of Lotus flower paste.
b. Add honey to it.
c. Apply evenly on the affected area.
d. Let it sit for sometime.
e. Use this remedy 1-2 times a day to control bleeding.

2. Lotus Seed Paste
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Lotus seed paste.
b. Add rose water to it.
c. Apply evenly on the affected area.
d. Let it sit for 4-5 minutes.
e. Wash thoroughly with fresh water.
f. Use this remedy 2-3 times a day to get rid of skin problems, including acne and inflammation.

3. Lotus Cream
a. Take Lotus cream as per your requirement.
b. Apply on the skin once or twice a day to get rid of skin problems like acne and blemishes.

4. Lotus Oil
a. Take 4-5 drops of Lotus oil or as per your requirement.
b. Mix with honey and apply gently on the skin especially on the cheeks, forehead, and neck.
c. Repeat once or twice a day to manage dry skin.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Can you eat raw Lotus root?

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Lotus roots cannot be eaten raw as it is bitter and astringent in taste. This is due to the presence of tannins in it. It can taste best in cooked form as cooking reduces its bitterness.
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Ayurvedic View
Lotus roots can be steamed or boiled and taken to manage diarrhea and dysentery. It helps to promotes better digestion due to its Kashaya (astringent) property.

Q. Can you freeze Lotus root?

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Lotus root can be freezed and used for cooking without defrosting. It is a good practice to cut them in slices and then freeze them in the refrigerator.

Q. Is Lotus root a starchy vegetable?

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Lotus root is a form of tuber and has a dense, crunchy and a starchy texture. It is used in soups and stir fried dishes.

Q. Can you eat the Lotus flower?

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Ayurvedic View
All the parts of the Lotus plant are used in Ayurvedic medicines. It acts as a tonic for the heart, liver and skin. It balances an aggravated Pitta and also reduces the symptoms of diarrhea and bleeding disorders. This is due to its Sita (cold) and Kashaya (astringent) properties.

Q. Can Lotus seed cause allergy?

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Lotus seeds do not cause allergy. Studies suggest that it is use to manage certain allergic reactions due to the presence of a chemical called kaempferol. It inhibits immunoglobulin E mediated allergic reactions[1].
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No, Lotus seeds do not cause allergy. These are edible seeds and are also known as Lotus Nuts or Makhana (when dried). But if you have any gastrointestinal problems like constipation it can worsen your problem. This is due to its Kashaya (astringent) and Garhi (absorbent) properties.

Q. Is Lotus root good for you?

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Yes, Lotus root extract is good for you as it has a number of beneficial properties. It is rich in antioxidants due to which it protects the cells against oxidative damage and contribute towards its hepatoprotective potential. It also has diuretic and astringent property which may be useful in managing obesity. Lotus root extract is also rich in alkaloids that may be useful in managing irregular heartbeat, enhance strength and sexual performance. It may also be useful in managing diabetes, infertility and infections of the urinary passage[2][3].

Q. Is Lotus good for weight loss?

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Yes, Lotus may be beneficial in weight loss. This is because Lotus leaves, rhizome and seeds all possess anti-obesity property. It inhibits the activity of certain digestive enzymes, reduces the absorption of lipids and carbohydrates, increases lipid metabolism and reduces energy expenditure[13][14].

Q. Is Lotus flower good for skin?

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Yes, Lotus flower extract may be useful as a skin whitening and anti-wrinkle agent. It inhibits the enzymes that are responsible for the formation of melanin (that darkens the skin) and wrinkles[15].

Q. Does Lotus prevents premature greying of hair?

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Yes, Lotus oil may be beneficial in preventing greying of hair by stimulating the production of melanin[16].

References

  1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India.Part 1 Volume 1.
  2. Sasikumar D, Al-Hazimi A.Phytochemistry, pharmacological and therapeutic applications of Nelumbo nucifera.Asian journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Research.2013;1(2):123-136.
  3. Bhardwaj A, Modi KP.A review on therapeutic potential of Nelumbo nucifera (GAERTN): The sacred Lotus.International Journal Of Pharmaceutical Sciences And Research.2016;7(1):42-54.
  4. Meht NR, Patel EP, Shah B, et al.Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus): A Review on Ethanobotany, Phytochemistry and Pharmacology.Indian J Pharm Biol Res.2013;1(4):152-167.
  5. WebMD.Lotus: Uses, Side effects, Doses, Interactions [Internet].Atlanta [last updated in 2016].
  6. Ulbricht CE.Natural Standard:Herb and Supplement Guide, An Evidence Based Reference.Elsevier;2010.
  7. Balkrishnan A.Kamal.Ayurved Jadi Buti Rehsya.Danik Bhaskar.2017.
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