La’au Lapa’au | Honeysuckle

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honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

Botanical Name: Lonicera caprifolium

Family:Caprifoliaceae

Also Known As: Woodbine, Hall’s Honeysuckle, Lonicera, Goat’s Leaf, Fairy Trumpets

TCM Name:Jin Yin Hua

Meridians: Lung, Heart, Stomach

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Clears Wind Heat /Relieves Toxicity: often used in pus forming infections, skin sores, bloody dysentery, colds and flu, acute infectious diseases of the lung, head and digestive tracts, fever and inflammation. antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, hypotensive, mild diuretic

Description:The honeysuckle plant is deciduous and native to southern Europe and the Caucasus. L. japonica is semi evergreen and native to China and Japan. A perennial climber, the honeysuckle is commonly found growing along walls or forming hedges which, if given suitable support, can reach heights of twenty feet. The shrub has light green oval leaves, which sometimes merge across the stem rather than growing in pairs one on each side. The pink-tinged creamy-white flowers grow in pairs and…

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