As the season of renewal approaches, we at Michigan Acupuncture Studio are excited to share with you some of the wonders of traditional Chinese medicine that come to life during this time. With spring flowers blooming all around us, we thought it would be fitting to shed some light on how these flowers are not only visually appealing, but also play a vital role in Chinese medicine. Our goal is to not only provide you with effective and personalized treatments, but to also educate you on the natural remedies that can help support your overall health and well-being. So, let's take a moment to explore some of the spring flowers that you may see every day and their benefits in traditional Chinese medicine.
Safflower, also known as Hong Hua in Chinese Medicine, is an herb used to improve blood circulation, alleviate pain and relieve rashes. It has a pungent and warm nature and targets the heart and liver, which are important for healthy menstruation. Hong Hua is commonly prescribed for conditions such as dysmenorrhoea (period pain), amenorrhea (absence of periods) and post-pregnancy abdominal pain. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women, so if you are pregnant or think you may be, please consult your prescribing practitioner before consuming this herb.
Chrysanthemum is a flower known for its sweet and bitter taste and cool energy in Chinese Medicine. It is believed to have a calming effect on the liver, relieve wind, brighten the eyes, and clear wind-heat from the body. Chrysanthemum is commonly used to treat various conditions such as headaches, dizziness, eye problems like dry eyes, excessive tears, blurry vision or floaters, as well as deafness or tinnitus. It is worth noting that the white version of the flower is typically used for calming the liver, while the yellow one is often prescribed for wind-heat related conditions.
Jin Yin Hua
Honeysuckle, also known as Jin Yin Hua in Chinese Medicine, is a sweet-tasting herb with a cooling nature that targets the lungs, stomach, and large intestine. It is commonly used to cool blood, clear heat, remove toxins, and expel wind-heat. Jin Yin Hua is often prescribed for conditions such as dysentery, appendicitis, carbuncles, boils, lung abscesses, as well as pain and swelling in the eyes, breast, and throat. However, patients with stomach cold conditions should avoid taking this herb until the cold is cleared, as it may worsen symptoms such as chills in the abdomen, sudden and severe epigastric pain, preference for warm food and drinks, and vomiting clear fluids.
Xin Yi Hua
Chinese Medicine Practitioners use Biond's Magnolia, a pungent and warm flower that targets the lungs and stomach, to treat sinusitis during spring. This herb expels wind-cold and opens up nasal passages, making it effective in relieving sinus headaches, congestion, excess nasal mucus, toothache, and loss of the sense of smell.
Mei Gui Hua
Rose buds have a sweet and slightly bitter taste, are warming in nature, and target the liver and spleen in Chinese Medicine. They are believed to regulate liver qi, harmonize the stomach, improve blood circulation, and remove blood stasis. Rose buds are commonly used to treat conditions such as stomach or hypochondriac pain, trauma, and irregular menstruation. Additionally, Mei Gui Hua is sometimes used as a soak in a bath or foot bath to reduce muscle tension.
At Michigan Acupuncture Studio, we are passionate about empowering our patients to take control of their health and well-being. As you explore the wonders of traditional Chinese medicine and its connection to the blooming flowers of spring, we invite you to consider how our services can support you on your journey towards optimal health. Whether you are seeking relief from a specific condition or simply looking to improve your overall wellness, our team of experienced practitioners is here to assist you with any of your traditional Chinese medicine herbal needs. To learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you achieve your health goals, please don't hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.