Health Benefits of Lotus Tea
The lotus plant originated in India and is currently cultivated primarily for food and herbal medicine. All parts of the plant are used, but the primary active ingredients are found in the roots and seeds. A typical medicinal dosage for lotus tea is 6 to 15 grams per day. Lotus is particularly effective in the tea form, as opposed to pills or a tincture for those symptoms with quick onset, because tea is digested much faster than other remedy forms, according to "Acupuncture Today." Additionally, by brewing your own decoction, you are likely to feel more invested in your treatment, which may speed recovery.
Lotus leaf tea is a calming decoction that is said to benefit several organs and conditions that are characterized by what Chinese medicine calls "dampness accumulation." Lotus leaf tea is a remedy that treats the stomach, spleen and liver, and it is also said to treat summer heat syndrome, which is characterized by overheating and sometimes accompanied by a heat rash. Lotus leaf tea is also effective against high blood pressure because of the tea's alkaloid content, according to the Institute of Traditional Medicine. The tea's calming properties also alleviate restlessness, heart palpitations and insomnia.
A lotus tea recipe for the treatment of diarrhea includes one ounce of lotus seed soaked in warm water for several hours, then sugar is added to taste. The tea is simmered until the lotus seeds are well done. To this thick tea, 5 ounces of black tea is added to create a palatable and effective medicinal lotus tea, according to the Institute of Traditional Medicine.
Lotus tea has been used traditionally to control bleeding. The lotus roots are particularly effective for achieving the anti-hemorrhagic effect. The lotus plant contains quercetin and other flavonoids that may be the mechanism of action by improving capillary wall strength, according to the Institute of Traditional Medicine.