English Name: lotus receptacle
Literal Translation: “lotus mansion”
Pharmaceutical Name: Receptaculum Nelembinis
Medica Category: Stop-Bleeding Herbs
Properties: Lian Fang enters the Liver, Spleen, and Kidney channels; it is bitter and astringent in nature and warm in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Lian Fang is the dried receptacle (or seed pod) of the lotus plant (aka water lily—Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.); this is the part of the lotus in which the seeds sit before falling to the bottom of pond, lake, or river where she lives. Charred Lian Feng has a better action to stop bleeding that the fresh herb.
Lian Feng disperses blood stagnation and stops bleeding to address such clinical concerns as profuse/abnormal uterine bleeding, bloody dysuria (xue lin), hemorrhoidal bleeding and rectal prolapse.
Lian Feng dispels dampness due to summer heat and is used to address diarrhea in children and eczema/other rashes due to this cause.