Information on Honeysuckle

Latin NameLonicera japonica
Other NamesJin yin hua
Part UsedFlowers
Herb FormsBulk herb, tincture.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoRapidly growing vine from the Honeysuckle family with fragrant white and yellow flowers and thin leaves.
DescriptionHoneysuckle flowers are known to have heat-clearing properties in Chinese medicine and are used for fever, sore throat, and inflammation of the breast, throat, or eyes, especially for flu. In the summer it is used for its general cooling nature. In China, honeysuckle is used in breast cancer. It is known for its antibiotic and antiviral effects.

Honeysuckle has a taste of SWEET and a temperature of COLD.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Honeysuckle

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Hot flashesrefrigeranttea, tincture
Throat, sore--acuteanti-inflammatorytea


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