The Health Benefits Of
Honeysuckle is one of the oldest medicinal herbs in known
history. Sometimes referred to as woodbine, European
honeysuckle was once used widely to treat urinary complaints,
asthma, and during childbirth.
However, in traditional Chinese medicine, honeysuckle has
been used medicinally for thousands of years. The first known
reference to the honeysuckle plant as a medicinal plant is in
the Tan Ben Cao that was written in A.D. 659.
In traditional Chinese medicine, honeysuckle is considered
one of the most important herbs for releasing poisons from the
body and clearing heat from the body.
There are three main parts of the honeysuckle plant that are
used medicinally: the flowers, the flower buds, and the
The flowers are traditionally used to make syrup that has
been used as an expectorant for bad coughs, asthma, and as a
diuretic. The syrup from honeysuckle flowers is still used to
make medicinal syrup. The flowers of the honeysuckle plant
should be harvested in the summer time.
The flower buds of the honeysuckle plant are also used to
make herbal remedies. In traditional Chinese medicine, the
flower buds are very important. They are called jin yin
hua and are used widely to treat feverish conditions.
They are especially used to treat conditions that are
thought to be caused by the summer heat. They are also thought
to clear toxins from the body, and the "fire poisons" that may
linger in the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, fire
poisons are thought to be responsible for many conditions,
including boils and dysentery.
Honeysuckle flower buds are also thought to help alleviate
the symptoms of some kinds of diarrhea. In traditional Chinese
medicine, the honeysuckle flower buds are warmed and slightly
stir-fried to treat diarrhea. Flower buds should also be
harvested in the summer.
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The stems of the honeysuckle plant are also used, especially in
traditional Chinese medicine. These are alternately called
jin yin teng and ren dong teng (stems and
branches) and they are especially used in acupuncture
They are thought to be able to remove heat from
certain acupuncture meridians by stimulating the flow of
energy, or qi. The stems and branches are also used in
Chinese medicine to treat feverish colds and dysentery. They
are also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, and are often
combined with other herbs to create a cooling remedy.
There are several applications that are created
by using the honeysuckle plant. The flowers can be infused to
create a hot tea that can operate as an expectorant.
Honeysuckle is often combined with other herbs, including
cowslip and mulberry to create a healing tea that is used to
treat coughs and mild symptoms of asthma.
Milk thistle capsules can be taken before
drinking alcohol in order to combat
Lots of herbs have anti bacterial
properties, including Echinacea.
Again, honeysuckle flowers can be made into a
syrup that can be used to treat coughs. The honeysuckle flower
buds can be made into a decoction that is used to treat
feverish colds and sore throats. Honeysuckle flower buds can be
used to make a tincture that is used by herbalists to treat
gastroenteritis and diarrhea.