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Latin name: Flos Chrysanthemi
Botanical name: Chrysanthemum morifolium Ramat.
1. Used for common colds due to pathogenic wind-heat, fever and headache:
Chrysanthemum is so light as to reach the superficies easily, so refreshing as to float up and slightly cold with the ability to clear heat and it is good at dispelling pathogenic wind-heat, so it is often used together with mulberry leaves, weeping forsythia fruit (Fructus Forsythiae) , peppermint, balloon flower root (Radix Platycodi) , etc. , e. g. , Sang Ju Yin, for the treatment of such ailments as common colds due to pathogenic wind-heat, initial attacks of febrile diseases, invasion of warm pathogens into the lungs, fever, headache and coughs.
Or, use chrysanthemum and mulberry leaves (dry or fresh) in equal amount, infuse with boiling water and use as tea.
2. Used for conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva) with blurring of vision:
Chrysanthemum is good at dispelling wind, clearing heat, purging the liver with pathogenic fire, replenishing yin and improving eyesight, so it can largely be used together with mulberry leaves, sickle senna seed (Semen Cassiae) , rough gentian root (Radix Gentainae) , etc. , for the treatment of conjunctivitis due to pathogenic wind-heat in the liver channel or upward attacks of liver-fire in order to jointly achieve the effects of dispelling wind, removing heat from the liver and improving eyesight; often used in combination with Chinese wolfberries (Fructus Lycii) , prepared rehmannia, shelled medicinal cornel fruit (Fructus Corni) , etc. , e. g. , Qiju Dihuang Wan, for the treatment of deficiency of the liver and kidneys and blurring of vision in order to jointly achieve the effects of nourishing the liver and kidneys, replenishing yin and improving eyesight.
3. Used for dizziness and convulsions:
Being cold in nature and entering the liver channel, chrysanthemum can clear heat from and calm the liver, so it can be used together with abalone shell, pearl shell, ox-knee root (Radix Achyranthis bidentatae) , etc. , for the treatment of headache and dizziness due to hyperactivity of liver-yang; used in combination with antelope horn, hooked uncaria (Ramulus Uncariae cum uncis) , herbaceous peony root (Radix Paeoniae Alba) , etc. , e. g. , Lingjiao Gouteng Tang, for the treatment of spasms, convulsions and excess syndromes of the liver. One could also use 10 g dry chrysanthemum flower and immerse in wine. Drink daily as one likes.
4. Used for furuncles (skin infection) and pyogenic (having pus) infections:
Being sweet, cold and yin-replenishing, chrysanthemum clears heat and removes toxic substances and it is especially good at removing furunculosis, so it can be used in combination with honeysuckle flower (Flos Lonicerae) and fresh licorice, e. g. , Gan Ju Tang, for the treatment of furuncles and pyogenic infections.
5. For hypertension:
Take chrysanthemum and green tea, each 3 g to make tea infusion with boiling water as one would tea. This may be applied on a daily basis for a long period.