A large aquatic herb. Stem-slender, elongate, branched, sending out roots at the nodes .leaves- membranous, 30 to 60 cm or more in diameter, orbicular, concave or cupped, erect, peltate, entire, radially nerved and glaucous petioles are long. Rough with small distant prickles.Flowers-solitary, 10 to 25 cm in diameter , white or rosy in colour, petals are 5 to 12 cm long, elliptic, obtuse, finely veined, concave. Fruit – ovoid and glabrous .
Types Of Plant’s Of Kamala :
White ( Padma )
Red ( Kokanada )
Blue ( Indeevara )
Properties (Gunadharma) Of Kamala :
Guna-Laghu, Snigdha, Picchila
Specific PartsOf Kamala :
Flower, seed , root, Panchanga.
DoshaghnataOf Kamala :
Kapha – Pittaghna.
BenefitsOf Kamala :
Being chhardinigrahana, trishnanigrahana and stambhana, it should be used in chhardi, trishna, atisara and pravahika. Being hridya andshonitasthapana it is useful in hridroga and other diseases to protect the heart. Being medhya it is used in various CNS disorders like moorchchha and in manodvega and anidra. Being prajasthapana it is used for nutrition of foetus and in pregnancy for stopping dichanges; for the same purpose kamalakeshra should be given with butter or kamalakanda in the from of a gruel made with milk. Being mootravirajaneeya and mootravirechaneeya should be used in mootrakrichchhra and in Pittajaprameh. Siddhajala prepared from the seeds should be given in jvara to pacify daha and trishna. Being balya and vishaghna it is useful in kshaya to increase strength and to stop diarrhea and also in vishavikara.
Phanta prepared from lotus flower,stem or stalk is given with the jaggery in a dose of 25ml,twice in a day in case of hyperacidity.
Phanta prepared from lotus seed is used in vomiting,menorrhagia and hiccups.
Lotus stamens (1/2 gram per day)is taken with butter to prevent the threatened abortion.
Paste of lotus petals is applied externally over the forehead it gives relief from headache.lotus along with water lily,cardamom etc is explained by Charaka as group of herbs,the paste of which is useful to relieve headache.(ref-sutrasthana 3/24)
In the same chapter ,Charaka includes Sacred lotus in group of herbs-cream,useful in relieving burning sensation(diabetic neuropathy)
Tea prepared with Seeds of Lotus is used to treat hypertension and diarrhea.
The stamen of lotus is used in the treatment of frequent urination,premature ejaculation and uterus bleeding.
Formulation (Kalp)Of Kamala :
Dosage Of Kamala :
Beejachoorna – 1 to 3 gm.
Moolasvarasa – 10 to 20 ml.
Research CornerOf Kamala :
Phenolic rich ethyl acetate fraction (EAF) from lotus leaves was prepared and its bioactive components, antioxidant and cytoprotective effects were investigated . EAF showed high to tal phenolic content and flavonoid content. It contains Rutin, Catechin, Snapic acid, Chlorogenic acid, syringic acid and Quercitin, EAF exerted the IC 50 of 4.46mg/ml and 5.35 mg/mL toward DPPH and ABTS cation radicals, respectively and showed strong reducing power, which was better than that of ascorbic acid, a positive control. The results suggest that EAF have great potential to be used against oxidative stress-induced health conditions.
Home remedies Of Kamala :
Raktarsas (Bleeding piles)
Regular intake of butter mixed with sugar and stames of kamala (Nelumbonucifera ) is much beneficial in Raktarsas (Bleeding Piles).
In madatyaya (Alcoholism) one has to take stalk and stem of Kamala (Nelumbonucifera). Pippali (Piper longum) mixed with honey & cold water.