High up in the highest peaks of the Himalayas and Tianshan can be found this rare beauty called Snow Lotus. The snow lotus has the ability to resist severe cold, intense ultraviolet radiation and low oxygen --- in such an environment no other plants can grow.In Chinese Kung Fu novels, the Snow Lotus has been prized for its wondrous medical benefits. The secret to its magnificence lies in its high antioxidant properties. This gives the plant its remarkable natural ability to fight ageing, keeping its petals brilliantly white, soft and cottony even in its extreme surroundings.
The stem, root, leaves and blossom of the snow lotus contain a variant composition of alkaloid, volatile oil, steroid, polysaccharide, reduced substance, manganese, zinc and some other trace elements. Some of the ailments where it has been proved to have medicinal value are Rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago and muscle soreness. It has also been shown to alleviate menorrhagia, functional irregular mentruation, impotence and weak physique. There are no known toxic side effects according to their research.
The harvesting of the snow lotus is regulated by the Chinese government and mostly by the military in view of the location of the plant. A certain number is allocated to research, some are sold to foreign researchers and to the public.