Lotus leaf tea is effective in treating intestinal issues, such as cramps and diarrhea, states Live and Feel. It also has calming effects and is recognized for its astringent, cooling and diuretic properties. Lotus leaf tea also alleviates restlessness and insomnia, fights hemorrhoids and gastric ulcers, controls bleeding and calms the mind and body. It's digested faster than most other supplements and pills.
Healthline notes lotus leaf tea also has potential side effects, especially if misused; however, few adverse effects arising from the use of lotus leaf tea have been reported. In extreme cases, it may cause constipation, flatulence and gastrointestinal infections among other things. It is not recommended for those who have stomach swelling and constipation problems. Lotus leaf tea interacts with certain drugs, herbs and dietary supplements, especially those that increase the risk of bleeding, including anticoagulants, blood thinners, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Gingko biloba, saw palmetto and garlic. It also lowers blood pressure.
Lotus leaf tea is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, according to Live and Feel. Although studies on humans are not well documented, lotus leaf tea may have anti-fertility effects. Lotus leaf tea is also not suitable for people suffering from anemia, liver disease or diabetes.