A winged insect with a large head, the cicada is recognized by its characteristic chirping sound. The molted skin of the creature is used as a treatment for skin rashes, sore throats and other ailments. In traditional Chinese medicine cicada is characterized as sweet and slightly cold.
Taken internally for:
Fresh or dried flowers are available in bulk at Chinese pharmacies, Asian food markets and some Western health food stores. They make a cooling drink.
Combinations: A mixture of chrysanthemum flowers with honeysuckle flowers and other herbs is a formula for colds and flu. A combination of the flowers with prunella and white mulberry leaf prescribed for painful, red, swollen eyes. Chrysanthemum flowers mixed with honeysuckle are taken for toxic sores. Modern practitioners use a blend containing chrysanthemum, honeysuckle, and dandelion (Taraxacum mongolicum) to treat hypertension (high blood pressure). Check with a Chinese medicine practitioner for details of dosages and additional herbal combinations.