Chrysanthemums (also known as mums, chrysanths, Ju Hua 菊花), are flowering and ornamental plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Most species originate from East Asia and the center of diversity is in China. Dried chrysanthemums flower bud is used in chrysanthemum tea which can be taken daily and is a good source of Vitamin Bs like choline, folacin, niacin as well as riboflavin.
Chuzhou Chrysanthemum (Chinese: 滁菊), is native to Chuzhou City of Central China’s Anhui Province, the plant can grow up to 80~90 cm. It is one of the four major traditional medical chrysanthemums in China. The flower bud of Chuzhou Chrysanthemum acts as a bitter tonic (clearing away internal heat), antihypertensive and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including high blood pressure and insomnia.
1. Hangzhou White Chrysanthemum, 杭菊;
2. Bozhou Chrysanthemum, 亳菊;
3. Chuzhou Chrysanthemum, 滁菊;
4. Henan Chrysanthemum, 怀菊
2. Odour & Nature:
Pungent, sweet, bitter, slightly cold-natured.
Chuzhou Chrysanthemum functions by influencing the lung and liver.
4. Uses, Health Benefits of Chuzhou Chrysanthemum & Medical Formulas:
4.1 Clearing Internal Heat
Chuzhou chrysanthemum tea is taken orally to treat heat related dry throat and faint.
4.2 Swelling Reduction
Smashed Chuzhou chrysanthemum is applied externally to treat periorbital dark circles.
4.3 Improving Sleep
Chuzhou chrysanthemum tea is taken orally to effectively reduce irritability or excitement and improve sleep.
The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.
The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.
Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.