Information on Chrysanthemum

Latin NameDendranthema x morifolium
Other NamesJu hua
Part UsedFlowers
Herb FormsBulk herb, tablet, capsule, tincture.
AffectsUrinary system, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoUpright perennial herb in the Aster family growing to three feet high. The flowers are various colors--the chrysanthemum of the florist's shops.
DescriptionChrysanthemum is a heat-dispersing herb used for fever, dizziness, and headache. An infusion of chrysanthemum flowers is used both internally and externally for conjunctivitis, eye inflammation, dry eyes with tearing, and spots in front of the eyes. It is antimicrobial and helps purify the blood and reduce inflammation. Recent tests suggest that it may be useful for high blood pressure.

Chrysanthemum has a taste of SWEET, BITTER and a temperature of COLD.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Capsules3 capsules 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Chrysanthemum

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Eyes, dryheat dispersingtea
Feverheat dispersingtea
Conjunctivitisheat dispersingtea internally and as a wash externally


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