When you make lotus root salad or soup, do you keep the nodes? For most of you, the answer is probably no. This makes sense since the node doesn’t taste good, plus it is quite difficult to clean. As a matter of fact, this Chinese herb called Ou Jie can be used medicinally and known for its impressive medicinal properties on stopping bleeding, especially the symptom of nose bleeding. What’s more, it also works in the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding, coughing up blood, vomiting blood, blood in the urine, blood in the stool, etc. And the storage and use of Oujie is quite simple – you can either use freshly harvested lotus nodes or have them handy after drying them in the sun. In terms of dietary therapy, the quick and effective ways are to cook soup, decoct with brown sugar, or make salad.
What is lotus root?
Lotus plant, or water lilies, is a member in the family nymphaeaceae. It is native to India and later introduced to China. Its rhizomes are enlarged and elongated, and with joints between the sections, which look like chains of sausage or bananas. When the root is cut or broke, it sees some tubular holes and attached silk-like threads. Just like water chestnut, this under-water rhizome is also known for being slightly sweet, crunchy, and delicious. Hence, it can be eaten fresh and cooked. Water lily is a plant with enormous health benefits. All the lotus flowers, leaves, roots, fruits, and seeds can be used medicinally as tonics.
And medicinal lotus node refers to the hairy joints of Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. Rhizome. Therefore, other names of this herb include Lotus Rhizome Nodes, Oujie, Nodus Nelumbo Rhizomatis, Nodus Rhizoma Nelumbinis Nuciferae, Nelumbo nucifera rhizome node, lotus root’s joints, lotus tubers node, and so on. And it is mainly produced in Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Anhui in China. Lotus rhizomes are usually dug in autumn and winter. After that, cut the nodes, wash, and dry in the sun. Medicinally it is normally used raw or charred.
Main chemical constituents of Oujie are tannin, asparagine, and more. And lotus roots contain a lot of starch, plus raffinose, vitamin C, stachyose, glucose, fructose, sucrose and polyphenol compounds.
Health benefits of lotus root node
As mentioned earlier, this is an effective herb to stop bleeding, especially nosebleed. For that reason, this is a perfect angle to take a look at how it works medicinally. Causes of nosebleed vary from person to person and about half of them fail to find out what causes it. However, clinically 90% of nosebleeds are vascular bleeding due to the broken capillaries on nose. As everyone knows, there are plenty of blood vessels on nose. They are very sensitive, fragile, and easily broken to cause bleeding. From the point of view of traditional Chinese medicine, it can inherently induce astringency because the node is the narrowest place of the whole root, relieve the urgency of the symptom due to the sweet nature, and fuse stopping and promotion simultaneously on medicinal properties as the hollow holes allow going through. According to Ben Cao Hui Yan (Treasury of Words on the Materia Medica), it is an ideal herb for arresting blood while removing blood stasis. Similarly, this reasoning behind the nosebleed makes sense to a variety of other clinical hemorrhagic diseases, such as hemoptysis, hematuria, bloody flux, metrorrhagia, etc.
Modern pharmacological actions of lotus nodes
The intraperitoneal injection of 1g/kg its hot water extract can shorten the bleeding time in cutting mice’s tail.
Sample node of lotus root recipes on herbal remedies
According to the Chinese Materia Medica, it is sweet in flavor and astringent and neutral in nature. It goes to meridians of kidney, stomach, and liver. Main function are dissipating blood stasis and stopping bleeding. Primary indications and uses include vomiting blood, hemoptysis, hematuria, hematochezia, bloody diarrhea, and vaginal bleeding. Recommended dosage is from 10 to 30 grams in decoction or 60 grams of fresh nodes for juicing. And it can be used in powder and pills too. In addition, for heat-induced bleeding the fresh herb or fresh juice are preferred; but for deficiency cold induced bleeding the charred one is better in efficacy.
1. Shuang He San from Tai Ping Sheng Hui Fang (Taiping Holy Prescriptions for Universal Relief). It is coupled with He Ye Ding (Lotus leaf top) to treat vomiting blood suddenly and violently.
2. Bai Ji Pi Pa Wan from Zheng Zhi Zhun Sheng (The Level-line of Patterns and Treatment). It is combined with E Jiao (Donkey-Hide Gelatin), Bai Ji (Bletilla Rhizome), Pi Pa Ye (Loquat Leaf), etc. to cure hemoptysis.
3. Xiao Ji Yin Zi from Chong Ding Ji Sheng Fang (Revised Formulas to Aid the Living). It is formulated with Xiao Ji (Field Thistle), Tong Cao (Rice Paper Pith), Hua Shi (Talcum Powder), etc. to heal bloody stranguria and hematuria.
Node of lotus root side effects and contraindications
Lotus root is totally edible. So is its node. As you can see, there are tons of simple but tasty recipes like lotus root minced pork out there you can give it a try. Thanks to its neutral nature, lotus node has few toxic effect and adverse effects clinically. Hence, you can rest assured the use of this root vegetable and medicine.