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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 rhizomes are growing in the mud. Above the level of water, leaves and flowers protrude, and then they develop the tertiary plumes of lotus seeds. After removing the bitter germ, the seeds eat like nuts.

Lotus seeds are exceptionally long-lasting (they maintain germination for up to 1000 years) and are attributed to aging effects. They are part of many TCP recipes. According to TČM, the lotus nuts have a soothing effect, improve sleep , strengthen the immune system, improve the function of the digestive system and overall strengthen the body, including sexual functions. Even more powerful effect according to TČM lotos rhizomes. Medicines also use flowers, leaves and bitter germs of lotus seeds that have anti-inflammatory and soothing effects.

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