Medicine and food are the same things based on Chinese Traditional Medicine for more than 5000 years. Buddhist treatment is an essential part of ancient Indian medicine, which spread to China along with Buddhism. Buddhist sutras describe thousands of herbaceous plants and woody plants, some of the exotic such as clove, borneol, cardamon, frankincense, Curcuma, and many more, including in Chinese Traditional Medicine recipes. 

In the Buddhist view, Buddhism itself is a medicine to release pain and suffering. In the book “Virtues of a Great Physician,” Sun Simiao wrote the Buddhist thoughts of equality of all beings and leniency as the core highly regarded. 

As part of medicine and food concept, the monks use plants and flowers in their diet due to their medicinal properties.
In this note, we will discuss the medicinal benefits of Lily flower for body health. Tiger Lily, a subspecies of lily, is known scientifically under the name of Lilium lancifolium. It is specific to Asian regions such as China, Korea, and Japan. 

When given as a gift, the flower symbolizes friendship, wealth, pride, and prosperity. The color is associated with love and passion.

medicine and food are one and same thing
medicine and food are the same
medicine and good are the same

Medicinal uses for Lily flowers

The lily flowers treat cardiovascular and respiratory systems issues such as: 

  • Pain in the heart area, angina, heart disease, and palpitations;
  • Coughs, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, and tuberculosis

Benefits for the reproductive system include: 

  • Uterine neuralgia, congestion, irritation, and nausea during pregnancy (tincture form made of flowers in full blossom);
  • Bearing down pain from uterine prolapse;
  • Vaginal and pelvic inflammation, menstrual pain relief, fibroids and menopause symptoms (tincture form);

Other medicinal benefits include:

  • Myopic astigmatism;
  • Eyelid muscle strength; 
  • Holistic healing for aggressive behavior (essence form);
  • Stress relieve, anxiety and depression;
  • Bloating and gas relief

The bulb is a root vegetable, such as parsnip. The best way to eat it is by boiling the bulb. Its medicinal benefits include:

  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Diuretic properties;
  • Emollient and expectorant

How to cook and use for medicinal properties

You can prepare the bulbs boiled (flavor similar to parsnip), pickled, dried (powder used as flour), baked, and grated.
You can eat the flowers fresh (raw), cooked or dried in salads, soup dishes with rice, the spice for seasoning. When you prepare the flowers, make sure you remove the stamens). Traditionally the flowers are eaten during summer months due to their cooling effect on the body.


Shifu Shi Yanjun encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. The information contained in this blog is to educate people and is not for medical diagnosis or treatment. It is based on thousands of years of experience  of the Buddhist monks and the diet they follow. It should not be replacing the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider. Should you have any healthcare-related questions, please call or see your physician or another qualified health provider promptly. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before embarking on a new treatment, diet, or fitness program.  


Shifu Shi Yanjun

Shifu Shi Yanjun

Shifu Shi Yanjun

Head Coach of the Shaolin Warrior Monks of Shaolin Temple Yunnan. 34th Generation Shaolin Warrior Monk & 17th Generation Disciple of Meihua Quan