English: Lotus receptacles

Chinese: 莲房

Parts used: Dried receptacle

TCM category: Herbs that invigorate the BloodHerbs that stop bleeding

TCM nature: Warm

TCM taste(s): Bitter

Organ affinity: Liver

Scientific name: Nelumbo nucifera

Use of Lian Fang (lotus receptacles) in TCM

Please note that you should never self-prescribe TCM ingredients. A TCM ingredient is almost never eaten on its own but as part of a formula containing several ingredients that act together. Please consult a professional TCM practitioner, they will be best able to guide you.

Preparation: Remove impurities, wash, soak in water and dry.

Dosage: 5 - 10 grams

Main actions according to TCM*: Invigorates the Blood and breaks Stasis.

Primary conditions or symptoms for which Lian Fang may be prescribed by TCM doctors*: Hematuria Lochiorrhea Hematochezia

Key TCM concepts behind Lian Fang's properties

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Lian Fang belongs to the 'Herbs that invigorate the Blood' category. Like the name indicates these herbs tend to stimulate the Blood flow. In TCM they're used to help the circulation of Blood in cardiovascular conditions or menstrual irregularities as well as to treat acute pains caused by Blood Stagnation. They can also be used to treat Blood Stagnation when it causes certain tumors, cysts and hardened clots.

Furthermore Lian Fang is Warm in nature. This means that Lian Fang tends to help people who have too much 'Cold' in their body, although with less effect than a plant that would be Hot in nature. Balance between Yin and Yang is a key health concept in TCM. Those who have too much Cold in their body are said to either have a Yin Excess (because Yin is Cold in nature) or a Yang Deficiency (Yang is Hot in Nature). Depending on your condition Lian Fang can help restore a harmonious balance between Yin and Yang.

Lian Fang also tastes Bitter. The so-called 'Five Phases' theory in Chinese Medicine states that the taste of TCM ingredients is a key determinant of their action in the body. Bitter ingredients like Lian Fang tends to have a cleansing action on the body by clearing Heat, drying Dampness and promoting elimination via urination or bowel movements.

The tastes of ingredients in TCM also determine what Organs and Meridians they target. As such Lian Fang is thought to target the Liver. In TCM the Liver is often referred as the body's "general" because it is in charge of regulating the movements of Qi and the Body Fluids. It also takes a leading role in balancing our emotions.