Not to be confused with blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea), the Chinese water lily/lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. It is held sacred by the Buddhists, Hindus and Ancient Egyptians. Lotus can treat coughs, ease menses, and kill and hinder cancer cells associated with lung cancer. All parts of this species of lotus are edible and are common ingredients in many Asian dishes. Lotus is popular for its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
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