Jin Yin Hua
Veterinarian Reviewed on June 7, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Jin Yin Hua
Jin Yin Hua is actually another name for the plant that is commonly referred to as honeysuckle. It is a climbing plant that can grow up to four meters in length and comes in several different varieties. The plant grows into a round shape and its leaves grow in pairs together along each of its reaching branches. It is a cleansing herb whose uses have ranged greatly throughout history, and today are used for a variety of diverse ailments.
Origin of the Jin Yin Hua
Honeysuckle, or Jin Yin Hua, is indigenous to southern Europe and the region of Caucasus. The Asian variety, which is referred to as Jin Yin Hua, is native to Chinese mainland as well as the island of Japan. It is cultivated and grown in both of these areas and can be seen growing along hedges, trees and walls. It is usually harvested in summer just before the first floral bloom takes place.
Traditional Uses of Jin Yin Hua
There are plenty of modern and accepted uses of this herb; however there are also more traditional uses of it as well. The Japanese traditionally used it to counter some infectious diseases such as abscesses, inflammation and dysentery. They may not be the best choices to treat these diseases today, thanks to modern medicine, however they still can help bring temperatures down in the body and relieve many oral pains caused by a variety of diseases.
Modern Uses of Jin Yin Hua
The medicines that are made from the majority of the Jin Yin Hua, make it easy to collect. Medicines can be made from the bark of Jin Yin Jua, as well as the flowers and branches. The stems of the Jin Yin Hua are also extremely useful in creating herbal concoctions. The bark is used to make cures for gout, kidney stones and many liver problems. The leaves are utilized in the creation of different mouthwashes and cleansing medicines, such as for sore throats and canker sores. The flowers themselves offer an anti-spasmodic effect, helping give relief from chronic coughing, sore throats, and asthma. It is often suggested for any respiratory disorder.
With the popularity of these herbs growing fast, scientific tests and medical research has begun, and most of it seems conclusive that the properties of Jin Yin Hua make it a great treatment for many ailments. Jin Yin Hua’s active properties can inhibit the growth of tuberculosis and counteract the pathogens that come with it. In a clinical trial, it was also combined with Ju Hua to create a new medicine for elevated blood pressure. The test was almost unanimously positive that the concoction did indeed lower blood pressure. It has also been found that when Jin Yin Hua is combined with Ju Hua, together they can help to fight off common Colds.
With the attention that Jin Yin Hua is getting today, we will only see it implemented more and more into modern medicines and mixtures. Its traditional and modern uses are diverse and wide, but with clinical tests and backing, it is destined to become a household herbal medicine for its uses from blood pressure to sore throats.
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