Chrysanthellum, or Golden Chamomile, is a lesser known member of the chamomile family. Yet despite its relative obscurity, this herb has an impressive array of health benefits backed by centuries-old traditions and modern research. From its ability to reduce inflammation to its calming effects on the mind, Chrysanthellum is a powerful herbal remedy that is quickly growing in popularity.
Common name Chrysanthellum
Other name(s) Chrysantellum, golden chamomile, golden chamomile
Scientific name(s) Chrysanthellum indicum
Family Asteraceae, Asteraceae
Origin South America (Peru and Bolivia)
Part(s) used Flower, leaf, fruit
Main active ingredients Flavonoids, saponosides, phenolic acids
Related property(ies) Hepatoprotector | Digestive well-being | Lipid-lowering effect | Anti-edematous and venotonic | Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
What is the Chrysanthellum?
The chrysanthellum is a medicinal plant widespread in the mountainous regions of South America as well as in the savannahs and high plateaus of Africa. This plant is particularly renowned for its protective properties for the liver (food excess, poisoning, alcoholism, hepatitis, etc.) and its beneficial action on blood circulation (heavy legs, Raynaud’s disease, etc.). It also revealed choleretic activity, hypolipidemic effect, antioxidant power and anti-inflammatory activity.
Origin, habitat and culture
The term chrysanthellum, sometimes spelled chrysantellum, refers to a genus of plants in the Asteraceae family.
One species is particularly valued in herbal medicine: Chrysanthellum indicum. This species would originally be native to the mountainous regions of Peru and Bolivia but is now common in other regions of the world, especially in Africa.
The therapeutic use of chrysanthellum is not new. In Africa, we find for example the plant recommended to treat jaundice (jaundice), hepatitis and several blood disorders.
Similar uses are observed in South America.
Chrysanthellum is also used in Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent and protective agent against damage from ultraviolet rays.
The chrysanthellum is a plant found in the wild in South America and Africa. It is found particularly in the savannahs and highlands.
Appearance, composition and format
The chrysanthellum is a herbaceous plant measuring between 10 and 30 cm in height. It has slender, round-sectioned stems with deeply cut alternate leaves.
Its yellow flowers are grouped in small heads that can reach a diameter of 8 to 10 mm at maturity. The fruits of the chrysanthellum are achenes, that is to say indehiscent dry fruits with a single seed not welded to their envelope.
The appearance of chrysanthellum can be reminiscent of chamomile. The big difference is the bright yellow color of chrysanthellum flowers. It is also attributed to this title the nickname of golden chamomile or golden chamomile.
The chrysanthellum is used in its entirety in herbal medicine. Thanks to advances in extraction methods, it is now possible to obtain extracts with optimal levels of active ingredients. These extracts are used in particular for the formulation of food supplements.
Chrysanthellum is known to contain a combination of rare natural active ingredients including flavonoids (glucosyl-eriodictyiol, glucosyl-iso-okanine, maritimein and marein) and saponins (chrysanthellines A and B). It also contains tannins and phenolic acids such as caffeic acid.
Desired properties and effects
Chrysanthellum is reputed to act as a powerful liver protector. It is commonly recommended in cases of overeating, poisoning, hepatitis, alcoholism or cirrhosis.
The chrysanthellum is often recommended during hearty meals. This is explained not only by its hepatoprotective power but also by its choleretic effect. It facilitates the secretion of bile, which helps in the digestion of fats and thus avoids certain digestive problems such as bloating…
Chrysanthellum acts as a hypolipidemic. It can help reduce circulating lipid levels in the blood. It can be used in particular in case of hypercholesterolemia.
Anti-edematous and venotonic activity
The benefits of chrysanthellum on blood circulation are also widely known. The plant exhibits anti-oedematous and venotonic activity. It helps to promote blood circulation by fighting against many disorders (water retention, venous insufficiency, etc.). Chrysanthellum can be recommended for the treatment of heavy legs, varicose veins and other blood circulation disorders such as Raynaud’s disease.
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power
In Chinese medicine, chrysanthellum is also used for its antioxidant power and anti-inflammatory activity. Certain active ingredients can in fact protect the body from attacks by free radicals and limit the development of pathological inflammatory processes.
Different dosages can be proposed. The dosage is based on traditional uses. It can vary between 1000 and 1500 mg per day for a one-month course.
Contraindication, danger(s) and side effect(s)
Chrysanthellum is contraindicated for children, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, as well as people suffering from biliary dyspepsia. It is also not recommended for people with an allergy to plants of the Asteraceae family.
Side effects :
Chrysanthellum can cause some mild and transient side effects: headaches, stomach aches, nausea and vomiting.
Poor blood circulation: Ginkgo biloba
Biliary and liver disorders: Milk thistle
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