Chrysanthemum ( 菊花 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Chrysanthemi Morifolii

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Ju Hua ‹e‰Ô

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used

Flower head


Slightly cold


Sweet, slightly bitter

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Liver

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required



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.

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