CHRYSANTHEMUM Overview Information
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 prostatecancer.
As a beverage, chrysanthemum is very popular as a summertime tea in southern China.
How does it work?
- 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.
- Prostate cancer.
- Other conditions.
CHRYSANTHEMUM Side Effects & Safety
There isn't enough information to know if chrysanthemum is safe. Chrysanthemum can cause skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking chrysanthemum if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Plant allergies: Chrysanthemum is a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family of plants and may cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to other plants from this family. Other members of this family include ragweed, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking chrysanthemum.
The appropriate dose of chrysanthemum depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for chrysanthemum. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.