Chrysanthemum morifolium flowers
Also Known as: Anthemis grandiflorum, Anthemis stipulacea, Chrysanthème, Chrysanthème des Jardins, Chrysanthemum indicum, Chrysanthemum sinense, Chrysanthemum stipulaceum, Chrysanthemum morifolium, Crisantemo, Dendranthema grandiflorum, Dendranthema morifolium, Fleur d’Or, Florist's Chrysanthemum,
History: Chrysanthemum (mum) is a plant. It gets its name from the Greek words for “gold” and “flower.” People use the flowers to make medicine. Chrysanthemum is used to treat chest pain (angina), high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, fever, cold, headache, dizziness, and swelling. In combination with other herbs, chrysanthemum is also used to treat prostate cancer. As a beverage, chrysanthemum is very popular as a summertime tea in southern China. Chrysanthemum may increase blood flow to the heart. It may also increase sensitivity to insulin.
Modern Use: Today,scientific evidence suggests that an infusion or decoction has certain antibacterial effect on Staphylococcus aureus, a variety of pathogenic bacteria, and skin fungus. Chrysanthemum also demonstrates an inhibitory effect on influenza virus PR3 and leptospira. Its preparations can dilate coronary arteries, increase coronary blood flow, improve myocardial oxygen consumption, lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting time, and diminish inflammation.