Lian Zi - Lotus Seed

TCM Materia Medica

Lian Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "lian zi" which in english is Lian Zi herb"lotus seed", is categorized within the "herbs that stabilize and bind" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, kidney and spleen channels and exhibits neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 6-15g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Tonify the spleen and binds - chronic diarrhea, loss of appetite.
  • Tonify the kidneys and stabilize the jing - stop leukorrhea and spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation.
  • Nourish heart, calm the spirit - irritability, anxiety, palpitations, insomnia.

Lian Zi may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: anxiety, diarrhea, insomnia, irritability, leukorrhea, palpitations and/or spermatorrhea

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, lian zi is generally included in the following 1 formula:

  • Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan (Ginseng, Poria & Atractylodes Pills) - Diarrhea, loose stools, or mucus/greasy stools from damp ac…
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    As noted above, lian zi is within the herbs that stabilize and bind functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... stabilizing and binding herbs most often have sour and astringent properties. they are useful for conditions involving excess discharges …)".

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