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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Chinese herb stories : Lonicera japonica Flos or Japanese honeysuckle (Jin Yin Hua)

Lonicerae japonicae flos (Jin Yin Hua in Chinese), flowers or flower buds of Lonicera japonica Thunberg, is an extremely used traditional edible-medicinal herb.

Once upon a time, in a small village, A couple who were very diligent had twin daughters. The girls’ names were Jin Hua and Yin Hua which Jin Hua meant yellow color flower, Yin Hua meant white color flower, the combination meant white and yellow flowers. In a summer, a terrible disease spread out in the village. People who got it had high fever, did not respond to any treatments and they were dying. The twin sisters asked the permission from their parents to go and find a doctor and medicine for the patients. They came to the mountain Hua and a Chinese doctor told them to climb up to the mountain to pick up flowers which blossomed in the summer yellow and white due to changing colour from white to yellow. These plants didn’t die off in the winter. The twin sisters picked up the flowers from all of the mountains. They took the flowers home, boiled them and let patients drink the soup. All sick people were healed. To remember the twin sisters, they name the flowers Jin Yin Hua.

Lonicerae japonicae flos was first described in different name in The Collective Notes to Canon of Materia Medica (around 480–498 AD). It gained its current name Jin Yin Hua since Qing Dynasty. Lonicerae japonicae flos grows mainly in Shandong, Shaanxi, Henan, and Hebei Provinces in China, among which the Pingyi County, Linyi City, Shandong Province, is the main area with the largest production. They are sweet in flavor and cold in nature, attribute to lung, heart, and stomach meridians. They clear heat, toxins, and certain external ailments.

They have many pharmacological effects and therapeutic applications and have long been applied in treating inflammation and infectious diseases.

Modern pharmacological study has confirmed their antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activities, antioxidative, anti-tumour, liver protective and hypoglycemic activities by regulating glucose and lipid metabolism,

1, Its anti-inflammatory activities were via inhibiting inflammatory factor synthesis/release, decreased expression of immune related molecules, and enzyme activities of matrix metalloproteinase

2, It has broad spectrum of antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral effects; it has significant anti-inflammatory effects, antioxidative Effects and immunoregulation. It is most used for inflammatory and infectious diseases.

3, Other effects include antiatherosclerotic effects, modulates gut microbiota, antiallergic effects, antiultraviolet Radiation to protect skin damage from UV light, a ntiendotoxin Effects, spasmolytic Effects, antiplatelet Effect, neuroprotective Effect etc.

Yujie Li et al Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015; 2015: 905063.

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