Chrysanthemum balances the system in a variety of ways. The tea supports immunity, reduces high blood pressure, relaxes the nervous system and curbs aging and age related blindness. Various studies have been released over the years illustrating the powerful anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulatory, and neuro-protective effects of this powerful herb. It is used in treating vertigo, hypertensive symptoms, and infectious diseases such as pneumonia and colitis. It even makes you sleep better at night.
A series of studies have demonstrated that Chrysanthemum indicum possesses antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and neuroprotective effects. Recently, much attention has been devoted to the anticancer activity of Chrysanthemum indicum, especially in liver cancer or hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, its anticancer mechanism of action is still not clear and needs further investigation
Chinese scientists have found that an extract of Chrysanthemum could be a potent cancer treatment. In a series of studies, a research team headed by Professor Zong-fang Li from the Second Affiliated Hospital at Xi’an Jiaotong University’s School of Medicine has previously demonstrated that Chrysanthemum indicum extract (CIE) possesses antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and neuroprotective effects. Now, in a paper published in the September issue of the World Journal of Gastroenterology, they report that it also kills human cancer cells through a process known as apoptosis.
In a statement to the media, the scientists explained that researchers have noted the possible anticancer activity of Chrysanthemum indicum before, especially against the most common type of liver cancer known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). But just how CIE works against this and possibly other malignancies has not been known. So, to address this important issue, the Xi’an Jiaotong University investigators studied the effects of CIE on cancer cells in the libratory.
For the experiment, Professor Li and his colleagues used both rat hepatocytes (liver cells) and human endothelial cells (cells that line the interior surface of blood vessels) as controls. The results of the experiment showed that CIE dramatically inhibited the proliferation of the cancer cells. And CIE induced apoptosis, too, a form of cell death in which a programmed sequence of events leads to the elimination of cells without releasing harmful substances into the surrounding area. This process involves a series of biochemical events that lead to changes in the cell membrane, shrinkage of cells, nuclear fragmentation and chromosomal DNA fragmentation.
However, the chrysanthemum extract did not cause any harm to the normal rat and human cells. Bottom line: the chrysanthemum derived extract showed such potency specifically against cancerous cells — while not damaging normal, healthy cells — that CIE could be a promising novel treatment for human cancer.
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Caution: Chrysanthemum can cause skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned. Chrysanthemums may also cause an allergic reaction in some people. If you are allergic to ragweed, dandelion, goldenrod, sunflower or daisies, avoid chrysanthemum.
Consult a physician before using if pregnant or nursing.