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CHRYSANTHEMUM
Ju Jua, Kikus

(Chrysathemum Morifolium, Chrysanthemum Indicum)


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  • Chrysanthemum Herbal Description
  • Chrysanthemum Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • Chrysanthemum Dosage Information
  • Chrysanthemum Safety, Cautions & Interactions
  • Chrysanthemum Herbal Supplements & Products




  • chrysanthemum flower tea


    CHRYSANTHEMUM HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    Chrysanthemum (Chrysathemum morifolium, Chrysanthemum indicum) is also known as Ju Jua and Kikus. Other names are Anthemis grandiflorum, Anthemis stipulacea, Chrysanthemum sinense, Chrysanthemum stipulaceum, Dendranthema grandiflorum, Dendranthema morifolium, Florist's Chrysanthemum, Ju Hua, Matricaria morifolia, and Mum.

    The Chrysanthemum, of which there are many varieties, has been known by a host of common names throughout history. It is a flower that has grown in gardens all around the world as far back as any records can tell and seems to have been used everywhere at some tome or another as a cure for a host of complaints.

    wild chrysanthemum


    The wild chrysanthemum is a sprawling, leafy plant with clusters of daisy like flowers at its crown. Though it was first officially described in the west by the famous Botanist Karl Linnaeus in 1753, it has a long and rich history in Eastern medicine. The Chinese first described the flower in the 15th century B.C.E., Buddhist Monks brought the Chrysanthemum to Japan in 400 AD and by the 8th century C.E., it was introduced to Japan. Enthralled by its brilliant appearance and variety of uses, it became a national symbol in Japan and is recognized as the official seal of the Emperor. Japanese emperors so loved the flower that they sat upon Chrysanthemum thrones. Chrysanthemums, called Kikus in Japan were featured on the Imperial Crest of Japan. It continues to be one of the most important herbs in traditional Japanese medicine, and is thought to hold the power of life.

    The yellow flowered Chrysanthemums are considered to be the best for medicinal purposes. The Latin name for Chinese Chrysanthemum flower is Chrysanthemum indicum and it is known in China as Ju Jua. This plant grows abundantly throughout China and is both an emblem to the Chinese and greatly prized for its medicinal properties.





    dried chrsanthemum buds for tea


    CHRYSANTHEMUM USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    In the 1st century AD, Chrysanthemum was categorized in the Shennong Bencao jing (Herbal Classic of Shennong) as a medicine, particularly for use as an anti-inflammatory, but it also has antiseptic and antibiotic properties.

    Also known as Chrysanthemum sinense; Chrysanthemum indicum; Chrysanthemum grandiflorum. Edible Chrysanthemum flowers and leaves figure as garnish and ingredients in innumerable Chinese recipes. Chrysanthemum is often combined with tea leaves to make a delicious drink. Medicinally, Chrysanthemum is used as an infusion, decoction, tincture and poultice. It is used as a multipurpose sedative in Chinese medicine. It helps relieve cough, and lower anxiety and blood pressure. Research in China using about 60 grams daily of Chrysanthemum morifolium flowers for lowering vascular pressure reported case success rates of 17.1% very effective, 51.4% effective, 31.5% not effective. Note the high dose level, thus indicating that Chrysanthemum is regarded as safe.

  • Chrysanthemum is taken as a headache remedy, and for dizziness and hearing disorders. Chrysanthemum also treats headaches accompanying infection, carbuncles, furuncles, and vertigo.
  • Chrysanthemum is also used for treating high blood pressure.
  • Chrysanthemum is used for its effects on the eyes. Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that the herb corrects imbalances in liver and kidney function that cause blurred vision, dizziness, dry red eyes, excessive tearing, or spots in front of the eyes. Chrysanthemum is used as a compress or eye wash for inflammation of the eyes and for other eye problems such as dry-eye, blurred vision, and seeing sports.
  • Chrysanthemum also has a calming effect and can relieve stress.
  • Combined with Honeysuckle, it can be used for treating colds, flu, fever, and infected sores.
  • A poultice of Chrysanthemum leaves works well on acne, pimples, boils, and sores. Wild chrysanthemum is thought to be more useful than the cultivated variety for treatment of sores abscesses, especially those of the head and back. Chrysanthemum also contains compounds that fight staph infections of the skin.



  • CHRYSANTHEMUM COUGH REMEDY

    Chrysanthemum morifolium flowers are one of two primary ingredients in a classical Chinese cough remedy, a strong decoction, called Sang ju yin, available thoughout China.
      7.5 grams Mulberry Leaf
      3 grams Chrysanthemum Flower
      6 grams Bitter Apricot Kernel
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      6 grams Yam Rhizome



    Chrysanthemum is also used as a liver-balancer and digestive aid in Chinese medicine. The flowers have been shown scientifically to have antibacterial, antifungal and hypotensive effects, thus illuminating Chrysanthemum's traditional use for dizziness, ocular inflammation, and skin boils. The flowers also contain several strong anti-inflammatory compounds, effective both internally and externally. Of fifteen isolated Chrysanthemum compounds, all showed potent inhibitory effects against abnormal cells. One compound in particular, arnidiol, has cancer researchers seriosly interested. Chrysanthemum morifolium also contains a flavonoid compound that is active against HIV infection.

    chrysanthemum flowers


    The Chrysanthemum is sometimes known as "The Queen of Fall Flowers" in the United States due to its beauty and high visibility in displays and decoration. It is often included in college homecoming festivities and it is the largest commercially produced flower in the US due to its ease of cultivation, ability to bloom on schedule, and its wide diversity of form and color.





    chrysanthemum buds


    CHRYSANTHEMUM DOSAGE INFORMATION

    Chrysanthemum comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow directions.

    Chrysanthemum constituents are ascorbic acid, beta-cartone, calcium, fiber, folacin, iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, essential oils. The parts used are the whole flowers, dried, sometimes powdered.

    Typical preparations include teas, tinctures, creams, lotions. When making the tea, be sure to allow the herb to steep in hot water for no more than 10 minutes in a closed vessel, to preserve the essential oil. May also be taken as a capsule.

    chrysanthemum wild bud tea


    WILD CHRYSANTHEMUM TEA

    Growing in the wild, this variety of Chrysanthemum flower is smaller and more intense in flavor. It is a cooling tea that benefits the liver and tonics the blood, it is caffeine free. Drink it warm with any meal for its clean taste and delicate flavor. Drink it cold in the hot summer months to cool your senses and enliven your spirit. Displays a golden infusion, tastes like a mix between chamomile, honey, and mint. Associated with many health benefits, enjoy it to help cleanse your liver and detox your body.





    CHRYSANTHEMUM SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS INFORMATION

    Chrysanthemum is generally regarded as safe when taken in the recommended doses. No precautions are generally needed.

  • For those suffering from diarrhea, caution should be used in taking Chrysanthemum.
  • People with allergies to daisies or asters should not use Chrysanthemum as it may produce an allergic reaction.
  • Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.


  • Some individuals may experience contact dermatitis, and allergic reactions, though rare, can occur. It is always best to proceed very slowly with an herb one has not previously handled or ingested.





    CHRYSANTHEMUM HERBAL & RELATED PRODUCTS

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    CHRYSANTHEMUM HERBAL PRODUCTS

    Chrysanthemum, in the US, is considered the "Queen of the fall flowers" in no small part to its inclusion in most college homecoming festivities and it is the largest commercially produced flower in the US due to its ease of cultivation, capability to bloom on schedule, and its wide diversity of form and color. Chrysanthemum is used for its effects on the eyes. Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that the herb corrects imbalances in liver and kidney function that cause blurred vision, dizziness, dry red eyes, excessive tearing, or spots in front of the eyes. Chrysanthemum also treats headaches accompanying infection, carbuncles, furuncles, and vertigo. Wild chrysanthemum is though to be more useful than the cultivated variety for treatment of sores abscesses, especially those of the head and back. Chrysanthemum also contains compounds that fight staph infections of the skin.

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    Chinese Herbs Direct: Lycii Chrysanthemum (Qi Ju Di Huang Wan), Plum Flower, 200 Pills
    The Chinese believe that there should be a balance in the body between yin (internal fluids) and yang (fire of life). Yin and yang are equal and opposing forces that should be in harmony for optimal health. When either yin or yang becomes too dominant (or deficient), negative health can result. As we age, many people experience diminished yin in their bodies. Yin depletion can be accelerated by an overly active lifestyle, as well as excess chemical toxins introduced in the body (i.e. caffeine, alcohol, drugs, etc.). Qi Ju Di Huang Wan, also known as "Lycii Chrysanthemum", has been used by the Chinese for centuries to help tonify yin essence and bring yin deficiency back into balance. Rather than treating specific illnesses or infections, traditional Chinese medical theory focuses on creating harmony in all body regions, thereby strengthening the body to better withstand future illness. Qi Ju Di Huang Wan (Lycii Chrysanthemum) is one such example - a traditional herbal patent formula used to treat yin deficiency. Ingredients include Rehmannia glutinosa root-prep, Cornus officinalis fruit, Dioscorea opposita rhizome, Paeonia suffruticosa root-bark, Poria cocos fungus, Alisma orientalis rhizome, Lycium barbarum fruit, Chrysanthemum morifolium flower, Botanical wax, Talcum. - Shu di huang, Shan zhu yu, Shan yao, Mu dan pi, Fu ling, Ze xie, Gou qi zi, Ju hua, Botanical wax, Talcum. Herbal Functions include Tonifies Liver and Kidney Yin, Nourishes Liver Blood, Benefits the Eyes. Contraindicated during the early stages of acute infection or illness, such as cold or flu. Use with caution in Spleen deficient patients with a tendency to loose stools, diarrhea, poor appetite or chronic digestive weakness. Take 8 pills, three times per day.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Chrysanthemum Vasculflow Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags
    Chrysanthemum Vascuflow Herb Tea (Caffeine-Free), flavored with jasmine flower, is a high-class drink made of quality chrysanthemum and orchid flower. Chrysanthemum contains adenine, choline, vitamins A, B, amino acids, glycosides and volatile oil. It is known as a nerve energizer, detoxifier and blood vessel softener in Chinese medicine to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, normal blood pressure and improve blood flow. Its also used to "sharpen the vision and hearing, calm the nerves and clear the brain", it remains one of the most important supplementary food items and longevity elixirs in China. It is an ideal beverage for cold and flu season, and for general health.


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    Kalyx: Morus & Chrysanthemum (Sang Ju Yin) Chinese Classical Liquid Extract, Golden Lotus, 2 fl oz.: GL
    Kalyx: Lycium & Chrysanthemum Formula (Qi Ju Di Huang Tang) Chinese Classical Liquid Extract, Golden Lotus, 2 fl oz.: GL
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