Chrysanthemum ( 菊花 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Ju Hua ‹e‰Ô
Common English Name
Part 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.
Traditional Usages and Functions
Disperses wind and clears heat; clears Liver and brightens the eyes; pacifies Liver and extinguishes wind; neutralizes toxins.
Common 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.
Cautions in Use
Do not use this herb when there is deficient Qi, poor appetite, or diarrhea.