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What Are the Medical Uses of Chrysanthemum Tea?

By Daphne Mallory
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Chrysanthemum tea has numerous uses in traditional Chinese herbal medicine and naturopathic medicine. The flowers of the Chrysanthemum indicum, or the common yellow mum, are dried and made into a tea. It is often used to alleviate the symptoms of influenza and the common cold, such as congestion and fever. Chrysanthemum petals contain vitamins A and B1, flavonoids, as well as chemical nutrients like calcium and phosphorous. The tea has both antiviral and antimicrobial properties and has shown promise in treating asthma and heart conditions. Chrysanthemum tea has been used for centuries in China for its medicinal properties, and researchers there continue to examine the many health benefits of drinking it.

There seem to be strong anti-inflammatory properties in chrysanthemum tea. The Chinese have used it since ancient times for the treatment of illnesses such as the flu, tonsillitis, and pneumonia. Its antibacterial properties often lead herbalists and naturopaths to prescribe it as a natural remedy for streptococcus and staphylococcus. The tea often helps to reduce the fever associated with viral infections. Some patients have reported success in alleviating migraine headaches through its use. Naturopaths and Chinese herbal doctors often recommend drinking it on a regular basis because of the many health benefits they believe it carries.

Several research studies have been done on the effects of chrysanthemum tea and extracts from the plant. For example, the tea was shown in animal trials to slow or prevent xanthine oxidase from converting into uric acid, a contributing factor in gout. Human trials in China showed promising results as well. Another animal study with chrysanthemum tea showed that administering the water extract from the flower caused the coronary arteries of the test subjects to dilate. This lends credence to its use in herbal medicine to treat heart conditions such as high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, and coronary heart disease. Tests have also been conducted to see how effective it is in relieving arthritis pains.

The chrysanthemum tea that is often purchased is composed of the dried leaves of the flower, but any portion of the plant that’s above ground can actually be used to make a tea. To make it at home, a person need just place 10 to 20 of the dried flowers in a pot and then pour boiling water onto the flowers and add honey or sugar to sweeten it. It takes about five minutes for the nutrients in the flowers to seep into the water. Chrysanthemum tea can be consumed either hot or cold, and naturopaths often recommend one or two cups per day for the treatment or prevention of illness.

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Discussion Comments
By burcinc — On Jun 22, 2014

I suffered from a serious back injury six months ago that damaged my nerves and left me with back pain and numbness. I used my prescription medications as directed and rested a lot. But I haven't completely healed. I still experience numbness, stiffness and nerve pain from time to time.

I tried chrystanthemum tea after reading that it is helpful for nerves and pain. I wasn't expecting a miracle and I can't say that there have been drastic changes. But I do feel that a few cups of this tea per day is speeding up my healing. I feel like my circulation has removed and my numbness is going away little by little. It's also a great tea to have before bedtime because it's relaxing and helps me fall asleep.

By discographer — On Jun 22, 2014

I drink chrysanthemum tea at my favorite Chinese restaurant all the time. I had no idea that this tea has so many benefits! I guess aside from appeasing my palate, it's improving my health too. Now I have more reasons to enjoy it.

By SteamLouis — On Jun 21, 2014

Something that many people do not know about is that chrysanthemum tea is very beneficial for eyes. Those suffering from various eye conditions can benefit from this tea. It was recommended to me by a Chinese medicine practitioner for dry eyes. But the tea can also be used for tired, strained eyes and vision problems.

The tea has helped me. My eyes are not as dry as they used to be. Before, my eyes would hurt and burn due to the dryness. I work in front of a computer all day and the radiation causes eyes to dry more than usual. So in addition to eye drops, I'm also using chrysanthemum tea to fight the symptoms.

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