Seed of Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn., family Nymphaeaceae.
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.
1. Strengthen the spleen and relieve diarrhea: For diarrhea of spleen-deficiency
2. Benefit the kidney to preserve essence, keep the heart-fire and the
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,
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.