Lotus root is one of the tastiest foods in Chinese medicine. It also has properties for clearing away heat and cooling blood in people that easily get nosebleeds, intestinal bleeding, or bladder infections due to heat. When boiled this vegetable can strengthen your spleen's digestive function ideal for people with low appetite, and blood deficiency (anemia). This root vegetable is in season now, so give it a try if you've been feeling the heat this summer