Active Alkaloids in Blue Lotus

Rumored to contain apomorphine – a dopamine agonist – as well as perhaps nuciferine. Where unfounded when in 2000 at Dr. Vic Garner’s laboratory for forensic analysis is Manchester, England, the Egyptian mummy Azru was the first mummy to undergo mass spectroscopy. She had no narcotics or painkillers in her. They found phytosterols, bioflavonoids, and phosphodiesterase, the active ingredient of viagra, all from blue lotus. No drug use has ever been found in ancient Egypt.

Azru, is an Egyptian mummy donated to the Manchester Museum in England, in 1825. Living on the Nile, in 2700 B.C, Azru was royalty, a noblewoman of thebes, later called Luxor, a former capital of Egypt, a chantress at Khonsu – the moon god was the son of Amon and Mut. The main temple at Karnak is dedicated to him. Three times a day she would bring food and wine with blue lotus tincture or extract, fetch garments for the gods, priests and Pharaoh, and dance and sing for the royal court. She had wealth, and her own home and servants, where she stayed until scheduled or called to the temple. There is evidence to suggest that it was a very sexually oriented society due to their pictures, writings, and religious beliefs. And, that blue lotus was historically, traditionally and effectively used, to relieve pain, increase memory, increase circulation, promote sexual desire and create a feeling of euphoria and ecstasy, without the use of narcotics.

Dr.Patricia Rutherford, Biologist, University of Manchester, found that Azru dyed her hair red. He tested for drugs. No drugs were detected in Azru. Dr.David Counsel and chemist Vic Garner went to Stapleys Water Garden, and took fresh blue lotus flower samples that had a scent similar to bananas only more fragrant. And from Kew Gardens, they took a small piece of blue lotus flower which was taken from an ancient mummy’s tomb, and upon analysis they were both identical, had no narcotic properties, the phytosterols were nearly identical to ginkgo biloba – only richer, the blue lotus samples also contained bioflavonoids that Dr.Counsel likened to the tonic effects of ginseng, and phosphodiesterase inhibitors, the same active compound that is found in viagra.

Dr.Elizabeth Williamson, Pharmacognosist, University of London, comparing blue lotus to ginkgo, and that blue lotus appeared richer in flavones. Gingko is free radical scavenger and antioxidant. Blue Lotus would have been used for age related diseases and would be useful in mildalzheimers, migraine headaches, tinnitus, various conditions involving blood flow and circulation, sort of “Viagra” effect It would be an important herb for both men and women, and could be a natural herbal form of viagra.

Dr.Joan Fletcher, Egyptologist, University of Manchester said that sex was a very important part of Azru’s culture, and that she believed that continued use of blue lotus produced sexual vigor and general good health.

Dr.Lisa Manniche, Egyptologist University of Copenhagen. There are many pictures depicting sex, wearing and sniffing blue lotus flowers, and blue lotus flowers are prominently displayed throughout Egypt. In one picture the king is offering a blue lotus flower, the king speaks about the blue lotus flower to the gods and says, “When you look at it’s brilliance your eyes become dynamic or imbued with dynamic properties, your nostrils dilate” This put many on the wrong path to thinking it must be a drug. Dr.Manniche, believes that blue lotus was used as a general health and sex stimulant. and scent, which was central to a sexually orientated society. Azru had probably used, and served wine, in which a blue lolus flower was floating, and blue lotus tincture or extract had been added, as part of everyday rituals, a sign of rebirth and enhancing sexual vigor and general good health.

Everyone thought blue lotus must be a narcotic, and what a surprise when no narcotics were detected, and blue lotus was found to be loaded with health giving phytosterols and bioflavonoids and phosphodiesterase. It turned out to be one the greatest daily health tonics ever found.

Reference : Manchester Museum web site

Secrets of the Pharaohs, Unwrapping The Mummy, PBS Home Vido 2001#B8482

Side Notes

Who were the “Lotus Eaters” of early Africa?

lotus side noteThe a fabulous people who occupied the north coast of Africa and lived on the lotus, which brought forgetfulness and happy indolence. They appear in the Odyssey. When Odysseus landed among them, some of his men ate the food. They forgot their friends and home and had to be dragged back to the ships. “The Lotus-Eaters” by Tennyson has become a classic of English poetry.

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