Jin Yin Hua - Honeysuckle Flower, Lonicera

TCM Materia Medica

Jin Yin Hua TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "jin yin hua" which in english is Jin Yin Hua herb"honeysuckle flower, lonicera", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, lung and stomach channels and exhibits cold (han) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 9-15g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Clear heat, relieve toxic fire - hot, painful swellings in the throat, breast, eyes; intestinal abscesses.
  • Expel wind-heat - fever, aversion to wind, sore throat, headache; also for summer-heat.
  • Clear damp heat from the lower jiao - dysentery, lin syndrome.
  • Stem, Ren Dong Teng, is used for similar functions - abscesses, sores, damp-heat bi syndromes.

Jin Yin Hua may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: headache, sore throat and/or urinary disorders (lin disease)

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, jin yin hua is generally included in the following 7 formulas:

ViewBa Wei Dai Xia Fang (Eight Herb Powder for Vaginal Discharge)

Clearing damp heat in the lower warmer, particularly with underlying blood deficiency - vaginal disharge, vaginal itching, vaginal inflammation along with constipation, possibly anemia, low back pain…

ViewFu Fang Qing Dai Wan (Indigo Combo Pills)

Itching, rashes, general skin irritation especially of the type that moves around or is intermittent. Insect bites, allergic contact dermatitis, poison ivy/oak/sumac, sun burn.

ViewLi Dan Wan (Benefit The Gallbladder Pills)

A range of gallbladder, liver and related digestive/obstructive issues - clears damp heat from the liver and gall bladder in TCM terms.  Symptoms may include gallstones and/or a range of digestive is…

ViewShou Wu Wan (Polygonum Multiflorum Pills)

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ViewTe Xiao Bi Min Gan Wan (Specially Effective Nasal Allergy Pills)

Generally useful for a range of allergy symptoms - seasonal allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, dry or watery eyes, sinus headaches, etc.  Can be used both as a preventative and as a symptomatic aid for …

ViewXian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan (Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life)

Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins - sores, carbuncles, boils, styes, acne.  Swollen and painful skin lesions with other heat signs (chills/fever).  Breast abscesses, mastitis…

ViewYin Qiao Wan (Honeysuckle and Forsythia Formula)

Common cold or flu presenting with fever w/slight or no chills, headache, desire for fluids, cough, sore throat. Acute respitory infections, acute fever, tonsillitis, canker sores.

As noted above, jin yin hua is within the herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... toxins for the purpose of this categorization means fevers and other adverse effects of infectious diseases where patients are clinically sick. )".

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