Lotus seeds come in all shapes and sizes! They are wonderful in retaining kidney essence, can help alleviate diarrhea, and even maintain urination support. To improve the spleen and stomach, eat lotus seeds. In Chiense medicine, we also use the root and leaf of the flower, as well as the plumule. They grow abundantly in swamps and lakes of Hunan, Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and other provinces in Southern China.
Properties and Taste: neutral; sweet and astringent
Meridian Channels of Entry: Spleen, kidney, heart
Composition and pharmcology: Lotus seed is full of beta-sitosterol, raffinose, and proteins that help support the body's blood sugar levels. They are wonderful at boosting body immunity and can help relieve heart heat.
Where to buy it: Organic Lotus seeds and remember a little goes a long way. We recommend 10-15 grams per serving.
Caution: If experiencing abdominal distention or constipation, do not eat. Avoid if you have a weak stomach or are sensitive to cold
How to cook it: always soak lotus seeds overnight
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