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Chrysanthemum CHRYSANTHEMUM  

Botanical:  Dendrathem morifolium  (also known as Chrysanthemum morifolium)
Family:   Compositae (daisy) - Asteraceae (aster)
Other common names:  Mum, Ye Ju, Ju Hua

Chrysanthemum cools!   Used for thousands of years to reduce fever and the feverish discomforts of colds and headaches, this cooling herb will also help to reduce inflammation.  It is an old and reliable tonic for good eye health, and helps to relieve eyestrain, night blindness and sore, tired eyes.

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Chrysanthemum is a hardy annual and perennia genus of many species, native to China and Japan, that is now cultivated in Europe, the United States and many other places in the world because of the great commercial demand for the flowers.  It may grow to thirty-six inches in height and thrives in rich, well-drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position.  Its common and botanical name is derived from two Greek words, i.e., chrysos, meaning "golden" and anthos, meaning "flower," and these beautiful ornamental flowers generally bloom in the autumn in most every color, including red, orange, yellow, white and lavender.  They were introduced to the West from China in the eighteenth century and rapidly became popular as decorative ornamentals.  In the East they have been valued in herbal medicine as a bitter, aromatic herb that cools the body since at least the first century A.D.  The Chinese always steamed the flowers before drying to reduce bitterness, and they made a tea as a cooling and refreshing summer drink.  Some of the constituents included in Chrysanthemum are stachydrine, choline, betaine, three flavonoids (acacetin, apigenin, luteolin) and vitamin B-1.

Beneficial Uses:
Chrysanthemum is believed to support good coronary health.  It is thought to promote healthy blood pressure levels, dilate the coronary arteries and increase blood flow to the heart. The flower has used to relieve hypertension and is said to be helpful in cases of angina.

Considered an antibacterial, Chrysanthemum is believed to inhibit the growth of pathogens, making it useful in preventing many diseases.  In addition, new research has indicated that one of the flavonoids in the flowers, acacetin, has been said to inhibit malignant cell growth and cell cycle progression in certain human prostate cells.

Chrysanthemum is famous for its cooling qualities that have been known in herbal medicine for thousands of years and have been used to reduce fevers, relieve inflammation, feverish colds and headaches, and to generally clear heat from the body.  It has been a favorite for countering the effects of hot climates. Considered an anti-inflammatory, Chrysanthemum has been shown to reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as cool inflamed tissue.

Chrysanthemum is believed to help strengthen the eyes and is said to clear eyesight, soothe eye irritation and relieve the discomforts of sore, red, tired and itchy eyes.  It is also thought to be useful in cases of night blindness.

Chrysanthemum is thought to nourish and soothe the liver and has been used to ease liver-related disorders.

Externally, a rinse made of the flowers has been used to relieve skin diseases, as well as a soothing eyewash to treat conjunctivitis.

People with allergies to daisies or asters should not use Chrysanthemum Herbal Supplement, as it may produce an allergic reaction. Those who are weak or have diarrhea should not use the herb.

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