July 30, 2016

Chrysanthemum

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What other names is Chrysanthemum known by?

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, Flos Chrysantemi, Ju Hua, Matricaria morifolia, Mum, Yao Jiu Ha, Ye Ju Hua.

What is Chrysanthemum?

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.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Diabetes. Early research suggests that taking a specific product containing Chinese chrysanthemum and chromium (jiangtangkang) by mouth three times daily for 6 months might lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Stomach cancer. Early research suggests that taking a combination of chrysanthemum, licorice, and Panax pseudoginseng (Hua-sheng-ping) might reverse the development of precancerous stomach sores in some people.
  • Chest pain (angina).
  • High blood pressure.
  • Fevers.
  • Headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Prostate cancer.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chrysanthemum for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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