Foliurn Nelumbinis

 

Source
The leaf of Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn, family Nymphaeaceae.

Characteristics
leaves rounded, sometimes folded into semi-circular or folding-fan shaped, 20-50 cm in diameter, margin entire, with about 21 radiate midrib veins, bearing remnants of petiole bases in the middle of the dorsal side. The dried samples yellow-green. Slightly bitter in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to liver and spleen channels.

Indication
1. Clear away summer-heat, promote the production of body fluid to quench thirst: For summer-heat syndrome with thirst and headache, and diarrhea of summer heat-dampness type.
2. Life up lucid-yang: For diarrhea due to spleen-deficiency, used together with Rhizoma Atractylodis Macmcephalae and Rhizoma Dioscoreae.
3. Disperse blood stasis and stop bleeding: For hematemesis, epistaxis, hemoptysis, hematuria, metrorrhagia, etc.
4. Reduce the level of blood-fat: For hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia and angina pectoris.

Pharmacological Action
An active component nuciferine exerts antispasmodic effect on smooth muscles.

Administration Decoction: 6-12g. For reducing blood-fat: 50-150g.


   

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