Lian Fang (Lotus Receptacle)
Chinese Herb Lian Fang (Lotus Receptacle)
Lian Fang, Lotus Receptacle, Lotus Seed Pod, Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn; Receptaculum Nelumbinis 莲房
Astringent, Bitter, Warm
Liver, Kidney, Spleen
Stops Bleeding, Regulates Menstruation, Dispels Summerheat
The lotus plant grows in many countries of the world and is native to China, especially in the South. It is a very adaptable plant and the seeds can remain dormant for very long. It is commonly known as a Water Lily, and the leaves of the lotus plant float on the water while the flowers grow from long stems. The seeds of this plant rest in the seed pod before falling to the bottom of the pond or river. The seed pod is what is traditionally known in Chinese medicine as Lian Fang.
Lian Fang can be used to reduce and stop various bleeding such as hematuria, uterine bleeding, rectal prolapse, and bleeding from hemorrhoids. In children, fresh Lian Fang shows improvement in symptoms of diarhea and rashes as well as food poisoning. Additionally, Lian Fang relieves Blood Stasis following childbirth.
When combined with Yi Mu Cao, Lian Fang provides additional support for those with metrorrhagia and menorrhagia.
When Lian Fang is charred, it is the most common form to be taken. This form is used most commonly for bleeding hemorrhoids and uterine bleeding. In comparison, when Lian Fang Tan is charred, it is better at stopping bleeding through inhibiting.
The blood stimulation effects of this herb promote circulation. This can resolve menstrual irregularities and cardiovascular conditions.