Lian Zi


Lian Zi in TCM:

Explore the properties of Lian Zi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: lotus seed
Pharmacuetical Name: semen Nelumbinis
Properties: sweet, astringent, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: SP, HT, KD

Flavors: astringent, sweet
Tonifies: qi

Special Properties:

    Alternate Forms:
  • lian xu (Stamen Nelumbo nucifera)- lotus stamen sweet, astringent, neutral; stabilize and bind essence; 1.5-5g
  • lian xin - or lian xi xin (Plumula Nelumbo nucifera) lotus plumule - bitter, cold; HT, PC; drain HT fire, calm spirit, stop bleeding, bind essence; 1.5-3g

Actions / Indications:
  • Tonify KD; stabilizes essence (enuresis due to deficient KD; premature ejaculation; spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge)
  • Tonifies SP; stops diarrhea (chronic diarrhea; loss of appetite)
  • Nourishes HT; Calms spirit (deficient irritability, insomnia - especially due to KD and HT disharmony, palpitations with anxiety)

    Special Notes:
  • There are 8 parts of the lotus plant, each having distinct functions. The most commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine are Ou Jie, Lian Zi, He Ye, and Lu Duo.

  • (cc: abdominal distension or constipation due to excess)