Semen Nelumbinis

 

Source
Seed of Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn., family Nymphaeaceae.

Characteristics
Seed oblong or spheroidal, 1.2-1.9 cm long, 0.8-1.4 cm in diameter at the middle. Outer surface of spermoderm red-brown to purple-brown, with longitudinal vascular bundle marks. A papilla with surrounding depression presenting at one end. The inner surface of spermoderm appearing as two yellow-white and thick cotyledons, a green embryo seen when the cotyledons separated. Sweet and astringent in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to spleen, kidney and heart channels.

Indication
1. Strengthen the spleen and relieve diarrhea: For diarrhea of spleen-deficiency type.
2. Benefit the kidney to preserve essence, keep the heart-fire and the kidney-water in balance: For nocturnal emission, enuresis and leucorrhagia attributive to kidney-deficiency. Also used for imbalance of the heart-fire and kidney-water manifested as nocturnal emission, palpitation, vexation, insomnia, dreaminess, tinnitus and soreness and weakness of the back and lower extremities.
3. Nourish heart and tranquilize the mind: For palpitation, insomnia, amnesia, etc.

Administration Decoction:
9-18g, the embryo should be discarded when it is used as a tonic for invigprating the spleen and kidney, otherwise it should be retained.


   

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