Lotus is a plant. The flowers, seed, leaves, and parts of the underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.

Lotus flowers are used to stop bleeding. Lotus seeds are used for disorders of the digestive tract, including diarrhea.

How it works

There is not enough information to know how lotus might work.


Not Proven
Digestion problems
Other conditions


There is not enough known about lotus to know if it is safe.



Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking lotus if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Lotus might lower blood sugar levels in some people. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use lotus as a medicine.

Surgery: Lotus might lower blood sugar levels. There is concern that taking lotus as a medicine might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures. Stop using lotus at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


Always consult with your doctor.
Pentobarbital (Nembutal)

Lotus might lower blood sugar in some people. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking lotus along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and others.Pentobarbital causes sleepiness and drowsiness. There is some concern that taking lotus along with pentobarbital might cause too much drowsiness. However, there isn't enough information to know if this is a big concern.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.