Semen Nelumbinis


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 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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