Ju Hua - Chrysanthemum Flower

TCM Materia Medica

Ju Hua TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ju hua" which in english is "chrysanthemum flower", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and lung channels and exhibits bitter (ku), 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: 4.5-15g

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

  • Disperses wind, clears heat (bitter, cold) - headache, fever.
  • Clears liver and the eyes (sweet, cold) - wind-heat in the liver channel manifesting with red, painful, dry eyes or excessive tearing, or yin deficiency of the kidneys and liver with floaters, blurry vision, or dizziness.

Ju Hua has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in qi deficiency with poor appetite/diarrhea.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding ju hua:

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, ju hua is generally included in the following 5 formulas:

  • Bao Ji Wan (Protect and Relieve Pills) - Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen. Foul sm…
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  • Gan Mao Ling (Miraculous Cold Pills) - Common cold and flu patterns, particularly at the early sta…
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  • Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan (Coptis Clearance Pill) - Dispels wind heat, clear toxic heat - generally used short-…
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  • Jiang Dan Gu Chun Wan (Contribute To Youthfulness Pills) - For high cholesterol, generally focuses on strengthening me…
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  • Qi Ju Di Huang Wan (Lycii Chrysanthemum Teapills) - Yin deficiency symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, night s…
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    As noted above, ju hua is within the herbs that release the exterior wind heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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