Veterinarian Reviewed on June 7, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Chrysanthemum Morifolium Herb
Flowers have always served many functions in society and the chrysanthemum morifolium is no exception. On one hand, chrysanthemums have graced gardens, parks and homes across many cultures for centuries, thanks to their beautiful flower formations in all colors of the rainbow except for blue, of course. On the other hand, chrysanthemums have been a rich source of herbal medicines in cultures like the Japanese, Chinese and Indian with many Western cultures also recognizing the plants’ healing qualities.
Origin and History
Despite its strong associations to Eastern cultures specifically Chinese and Japanese, the hardy chrysanthemum is actually also a native plant of northern Africa and southern Europe. In fact, its English name is derived from the Greek word chyros (golden) and anthos (flower) mainly because of the predominantly yellow color in the most popular types.
The strongest association is between the Chinese culture and the chrysanthemum. The hardy plant was first cultivated in China during the 15th century mainly as a flowering herb instead of for its aesthetic value alone. In fact, such is the love of chrysanthemums that an ancient Chinese city was named in its honor.
It was only later that the chrysanthemum was imported to Japan where it quickly gained a strong following. Even the imperial family’s seal is a stylized chrysanthemum flower while an annual festival is held in the flower’s honor to this day.
Ancient and Modern Uses
Then and now, chrysanthemum flowers have been used in a wide variety of medicinal applications. Practitioners of traditional Chinese, Japanese and Indian medicine have discovered new ways to use the flowers while modern scientists continue to discover why such beautiful flowers have potent effects on bacteria, viruses and fungi. Just to name a few of this wide variety of medicinal uses:
• Alleviation of the pains associated with Headaches, sore throat and fever
• Relief of the symptoms of vertigo and hypertension
• Removal of toxins from the body as a cleansing tea
• Improvement of vision especially in night blindness as well as treatment of eye-related problems like redness, soreness and strain
• Treatment of angina through the dilation of the coronary arteries
• Healing of the symptoms on wind-heat syndrome
• Faster curing of skin infections when applied as a poultice from the juices of a fresh plant
• Adjunct therapy against abnormal growth mainly because of its potent inhibitory effects against the body’s abnormal cells
• Pacify the liver
These healing properties are possible because of the presence of stachydrine, flavonoids, choline, betaine, and vitamin B1, among other chemical components.
Side Effects and Precautions
As can be expected in any herbal formulations, chrysanthemum is not without its share of side effects and precautions. For as long as you can keep within the recommended dosage of 2 to 3 capsules of chrysanthemum tablets taken 2 times a day during mealtimes, you can avoid the possible side effects of overdosing, such as diarrhea. In the case of teas, poultices and other fresh uses of chrysanthemums, always refer to the instructions of an experienced herbalist.
If you have allergies to daisies, asters and other flowers belonging to the chrysanthemum family, if you have diarrhea or if you are physically weak, then chrysanthemum pills, tablets and other applications are not for you. You can develop allergic reactions that will worsen your condition.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan