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A perennial aquatic herb which is highly regarded in traditional Chinese medicine as it is a symbol of purity and spirituality; lotus seeds are haemostatic, nutritive, tonic to the nerves and regarded as an aphrodisiac; lotus seeds are used for diarrhoea, fatigue, heart failure, insomnia, menstrual disorders, pancreatitis, sexual dysfunction and STIs.
a genus (family Fabaceae) of erect or semiprostrate leguminous plants for permanent pastures. They provide good feed, equal to alfalfa in nutritional quality, in many temperate regions, but some contain cyanogenetic glycosides, e.g. lotusin, or cause photosensitization. Includes L. australis, L. cruentus (L. australis var. parviflorus, L. coccineus), L. corniculatus, L. major; called also birdsfoot trefoils.