Chrysanthemum ( 菊花 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Ju Hua ‹e‰Ô
Common English Name
of Plant Used
Sweet, slightly bitter
This herb is used in formulas that treat rapid-onset inflammatory conditions
involving headache, fever, and red and painful tearing or dry eyes (TCM:
wind-heat injuries; internal wind heat in Liver channel); also used to treat
certain types of high blood pressure.
Usages and Functions
Disperses wind and clears heat; clears Liver and brightens the eyes; pacifies
Liver and extinguishes wind; neutralizes toxins.
Formulas Used In
Prunella and Scutellaria; Rehmannia and Dogwood Fruit.
The two types of flowers-white and yellow-have slightly different properties:
the white flower is used more to nourish the Liver and clear the eyes; the
yellow flower is used more for wind-heat symptoms. The flowers can be simmered
a few minutes, cooled, and placed on the eyes to relieve pain and redness.
Do not use this herb when there is deficient Qi, poor appetite, or diarrhea.