Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) has been used throughout Egypt, the Middle East, India, and China since ancient times, primarily as a food, but also as a medicine. The flowers, seeds, leaves, fruit, and rhizomes of the lotus are all edible. The petals of the flower are used as a wrap for foods in Asia, and the rhizome is a common ingredient in soups and stir-fries.
Lotus flowers, leaves, seeds, and fruit have been used traditionally to treat a variety of conditions, including diarrhea, abnormal bleeding, poor digestion, fever, and insomnia. There is not enough scientific research on the use of lotus for treatment of any condition.
Adenine, alkaloids, aporphine, arbutin, ascorbic acid, asimilobine, astragalin, bean of India, benzylisoquinoline, beta-ionone, beta-sitosterol glucopyranoside, bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids, carbohydrates, catechin, chungyang, coclaurine, flavonoids, gallic acid, garam, geranyl acetone, hexahydrofarnesyl acetone, hyperin, hyperoside, inchisa, Indian lotus, isoliensinine, isoquercetin, isorhamnetin glycosides, kaempferol, lian fang, lian xu, lian zi, liensinine, lirinidine, lotus leaf extract, lotusine, methyl gallate, muan, myo-inositol, neferine, negferine, Nelumbium spp., Nelumbo spp., Nelumbonaceae (family), norcoclaurine, nuciferine, nuciferone, O-nornuciferine, pentadecyl acrylate, phenolics, procyanidins, pronuciferine, quercetin, red lotus, rutin, sacred lotus, sacred water-lily, saponins, triterpenoids, tryptophan, vitamins.
Note: This monograph does not include plants from the Lotus or Nymphaea genera, as these are distantly related plants from other plant families.
These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.