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Indian Lotus ( Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.)

Indian Lotus (sometimes also walrus) is one of the sacred plants of Ayurveda and is unique in the plant kingdom on many occasions. This aquatic plant is one of the most important adaptogens. The entire plant is edible, but it is grown relatively difficult, so it is mainly used as a medicine and tasting.

For human consumption, the most important are rhizomes growing in mud and seeds (lotus nuts) that mature in target funnels protruding above the surface. From the lotus nuts, a bitter (plumula nelumbinis) is removed before consumption, but it is edible and used as a medicine with anti-inflammatory properties.

Medicinal properties also have a leaf of this plant - folium nelumbinis. It has a mild diuretic and laxative effect and is considered a suitable dietary supplement in the diet. Its main active substances are lotus flavonoids, which are also present in lesser extent in other parts of this plant.

Lotus is a very interesting plant at all. Flowers are interesting because they act as an insect hotel. They are heated (the lotus is one of the few plants capable of producing heat) and they attract insects to rest during the night. The night closes and the hotel guests are trapped until the morning, giving the lotus the perfect pollination.

Lotus seeds are extremely durable (they maintain their germination for up to 1000 years). In this way, the lotus will survive the long drying of the river arm, where it grows, and it waits well in the mud until the river again does not roam again to flow to the previous place. In addition, the lotus defends against rodents, who have an extraordinary liking for its nutritious underground. It is clear that for such durability, lotus seeds must contain highly effective antioxidants that contribute to their anti -aging effect. Lotus walnuts according to TČM soothe the mind, improve sleep , strengthen the immune system, improve digestion and overall strengthen the body, including sexual functions. Even more powerful effect according to TČM lotus rhizomes. The drug also uses flowers, leaves and bitter germ of the lotus seeds, which have anti-inflammatory and soothing effects. Leaves are considered to be a suitable supplement in the diet.

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