Autumn is the time for my favorite flowers, chrysanthemum. White or pink, yellow or red, they all are extremely beautiful, tender and sensitive, just like old Italian romantic songs. In herbal medicine, Chrysanthemum indicum has been one of the principal herbs in traditional Chinese medicine since the ancient times. Chrysanthemum tea was quite a popular treatment in ancient China for a great number of inflammatory diseases, including stomatitis, influenza, tonsillitis, pneumonia, dermatosis, etc. Also, special tinctures and herbal mixtures with Chrysanthemum flowers were used for external purposes: in particular, as an effective skin treatment, as a remedy for fever reduction, and so on.

chrysanthemumChemical composition of this herbal remedy includes kikkanols, sesquiterpenes, flavonoids, various essential oils containing camphor, cineole, sabinol, borneole and other elements. Also, Chrysanthemum indicum can be a source of such chemical elements as sulfur, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and others. In addition to very powerful anti-inflammatory properties, Chrysanthemum tea is considered to be an excellent herbal remedy due to its other therapeutic effects, namely antiviral, antimicrobial, antiasthma, antihyperkinesia and so on.

All aerial parts of the plant (leaves, stems and petals) can be used for preparing teas, tinctures or extracts. In addition to all above mentioned, Chrysanthemum indicum is helpful for such diseases as gout, atherosclerosis, varicose veins and other health conditions. Recently, a series of medical tests were carried out to check out the effectiveness of this herbal remedy as a treatment for arthritis pains (a study of the specialists at School of Pharmacy, Anhui Medical University, China).Besides, Chrysanthemum tea and extracts are valued for their high content of flavonoids, giving us the opportunity to enjoy anti-aging and anti-cancer benefits of this herbal remedy.

Nowadays, Chinese medical specialists tend to popularize this plant and revive wide usage of Chrysanthemum indicum in modern pharmacology. After a series of clinical studies and laboratory researches, it became clear that this plant can be a pioneer for a new generation of herbal remedies. Chemical content and elements of chrysanthemum have a potential to prevent cancer in a unique manner. It turned out that active elements of Chrysanthemum indicum can inhibit cancerous cells, and they are especially effective in combating liver cancer. It is also interesting that the chemical compounds have a property to block the processes only in cancerous cells and do not affect healthy cells.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

3 Responses to “Chrysanthemum, A New Generation Of Herbal Remedies”

  1. ElizabethNo Gravatar Says:

    I just read a report in Med News that discussed the benefits of Chyrsanthemum for cancer. Thanks for your article as it points out the other benefits too. Do you know if I can just brew up some of my plant growing in the pot on the deck, or should I go to the naturopathic store to buy the tea.
    Take Care

  2. jo oliverNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi, found you on SU and added you as a friend. Very interesting blog with great info. Loved the Top five reasons everyone should eat slower. I keep telling my hubby that, but he don’t listen.

  3. sakkaccaNo Gravatar Says:

    What is the difference in the indicum and the morifolium as far as what they treat? Also I need to ask I need treatment that can come from the chrysanthemum however, suffer from low blood pressure I cannot have my blood pressure lowered, would the chrysanthemum lower my blood pressure if I drank the tea?