||Lotus; Sacred Lotus
flowering water plant, grown since ancient times, has a place of honor
in the history of three great civilizations: India, Egypt and China.
From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Asian
traditions representing the virtues of sexual purity. Sacred Lotus often
used as an example of divine beauty, 'Lotus-Eyed' adjective is used for
most beautiful eye. Lotus is known for its ability to calm and sooth.
Users often feel more open to forgiveness and kindness.
parts of the lotus plants are used in the indigenous system of medicine.
The young leaves, petioles, rhizomes and flowers of plant are eaten as
vegetables. They are used as healthy foods due to presence of minerals and
vitamins. The dried lotus plant contains following minerals Ca, Cu, Fe,
Mg, Zn, Ba, K, Na, Al, Mn, Ce, Sr, V, Hg, Ni and Co. The vitamins reported
to be present in rhizomes are thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and ascorbic
acid. The fruiting torus is often sold for the edible carpels embedded on
it. Nelumbo carpels are considered superior to cereals in nutritive value
and used to check vomiting. The rhizomes are nutritious, mucilaginous,
diuretic, cholagogue, demulcent and anti-diabetic .It is used as a
refrigerant, cardiotonic and astringent.
are astringent, syrup of flowers is used in cough, to check haemorrhage
from bleeding piles and in menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding during)
of rhizomes, seeds, flowers and leaves have been reported to have varied
therapeutic potential. Several bioactive compounds have been derived from
plant parts belonging to different chemical groups, including alkaloids,
flavonoids, glycosides, triterpenoid, and vitamins etc., which all have
their own therapeutic impact. 5Nelumbo nucifera (sacred lotus) seeds have