Chrysanthemum flowers and leaves are rich in flavinoids, which are a class of compounds known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, and cardioprotective properties. The two principal flavinoids in Chrysanthemum are Luteolin and Apigenin, as well as some Quercetin. Modest amounts of essential oils are present in the flowers, 0.2-.85%. Chrysanthemum also contains Isobutyl-amides, immune modulating compounds also found in Echinacea.
Most importantly, Chrysanthemum has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic,and anti-viral properties, is cardioprotective, neuroprotective, and has potent antioxidant properties. I have found it to be especially useful in a wide variety of viral infections both acute and chronic, as well as bacterial infections including Lyme. Almost across the board when patients begin taking Chrysanthemum they report a greater sense of wellbeing, and some report increased-energy. I’ve also seen great effects with patients who suffer from chronic aches and pains as in Fibromyalgia. With muscle testing, it generally seems to strengthen most people in the clear. I find Chrysanthemum to be useful in a broad range of applications from a gentle cardiovascular and brain tonic to a potent anti-microbial agent.