The Golden Flower is an herbal tea consisting of six popular herbs that are commonly used for
flu prevention in TCM.
Honeysuckle’s PinYin name is JinYinhua which means Gold
and Silver flower in Chinese. Honeysuckle is the most
important herb used in flu prevention in Chinese history.
It expels Evil Qi and clears Heat with the property of
inhibiting the proliferation of various pathogenic
microorganisms including bacteria, fungus, and different
types of viruses such as the cold or flu. Comparing to most
Heat clearing herbs which are too cold and cause upset
stomach, Honeysuckle is the gentlest Heat clearing herb for the stomach. With a distinct fragrant
aroma and pleasantly sweet taste, it has been widely used as a tea for the purpose of flu
preventions for over thousands of years in China. Research has shown that Honeysuckle contains
pharmacologically active ingredients such as chlorogenic acid and luteolin which strongly inhibit
various pathogenic bacteria such as hemolytic streptococcus and staphylococcus aureus and
pathogenic viruses of the upper respiratory tract.
Weeping Forsythia Capsule (Lianqiao) is another popular herb that is
usually used in combination with Honeysuckle in flu prevention
recipes. Honeysuckle clears Heat in the blood while Weeping
Forsythia Capsule clears Heat in the lungs. It has a bitter taste with a
slight fragrant aroma. Research has shown that the ingredient
Forsythiaside A in Weeping Forsythia Capsule has antibacterial,
antiviral, anti-oxidant, and antipyretic effects.1
Ginger is also commonly used as a flu prevention herb in
Chinese history. It warms up the stomach and expels Cold Evil
Qi to ease symptoms of nauseous and loose stools. Tangerine
Peel (Chenpi) is another stomach warming herb that helps
relieve cold stomach symptoms. The combined use of Ginger
and Tangerine Peel helps compensate for the coldness of
Weeping Forsythia Capsule.
Milkvetch Root (Huangqi) enhances Qi and promotes healthy white blood cell production to
strengthen immunity. It can also significantly improve the phagocytic function of macrophage
and white blood cells. Milkvetch Root is widely used in combination with Heat clearing herbs in
flu prevention formulas. It was used not only as a medicine but also as a popular tea in China due
to its unique sweet taste.
Cassia Twig nurtures Heart Yang and enhances blood circulation to expel Cold Evil. In vitro, the
Cassia Twig has antibacterial effects on pathogens such as Salmonella typhi and Staphyloccocus
and strongly inhibits the flu viruses. The ingredient cinnamic aldehyde in Cassia Twig has the
vasodilating effects and increases blood flow to the skin. It helps open up the Meridian to expel
internal Heat and toxins through sweating. It is a commonly used herb in common cold and flu
Precautions: For patients with cold stomach conditions, additional use of ginger tea may be
required to avoid an upset stomach. If the patient develops cold stomach symptoms such as
nausea, bloating, and loose stools, please take ginger tea to warm up the stomach.
Suggested Use: Take 1 teaspoon and make a tea with a cup of hot water. After mixing with 2 to
3 cups of hot water, discard the herb. Take 2 times a day. For patients with excessive heat or
heavier weight, it is recommended to take 3 times a day.
Ingredients: Flos Lonicerae, Fructus Forsynthiae, Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae, Radix Astragali,
Ramulus Cinnamomi, Rhizoma Zingiberis