Ou Jie – Node of Lotus Rhizome

Nature: sweet, astringent, neutral

Enters: Liver, Lung, Stomach

Actions: Stops bleeding by astringing; dispels blood stasis

• Many forms of bleeding, especially heat in the Lungs or stomach: hemoptysis, hematemesis. Also for chronic bleeding when combined appropriately.
• Heat in the blood: prolonged menstruation.
• Can be cooked as a food
• Use raw for bleeding due to heat in the blood (the fresh herb crushed into juice is even better).
• Partially char the herb for bleeding due to cold from deficiency.
• Ping-Qi Kang includes this herb in his headache/migraine formula.
Jin: To promote blood circulation, best prepared with vinegar or wine.
Yoga: Padma, Kamala, Pushkara, more names
• The lotus is India’s most sacred plant, the symbol of spiritual unfoldment. (See also Lian zi, Lian xin, Lian fang, etc.)
• Sweet, astringent/cooling/sweet.
• P, V-; K+ (in excess)
• Nutritive tonic, rejuvenative, aphrodisiac, astringent, hemostatic, nervine.
• Diarrhea, bleeding disorders, menorrhagia, leukorrhea, impotence, spermatorrhea, venereal disease, heart weakness.
• Opens the first chakra (muladhara) – the root center: for first chakra disorders. (PLB: e.g., self-indulgence, self-centeredness, insecurity, instability, rootlessness, ungroundedness, etc.)
• Calms the mind, subdues restless thoughts and dreams.
• The lotus is sacred to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and brings spiritual and material abundance.

Dose: 9-15g

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