Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)


http://winvivo.com/files/botanicals/buddha%20fruit%20-%20momordica%20grosvenori%20-%20image.pngJapanese honeysuckle is a popular ingredient of herbal tea in the summer, and has been known for thousands of years for its “cooling” and detoxification effects. Modern scientific studies revealed that this botanical has broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Traditional Uses of Japanese Honeysuckle
(Lonicera japonica)

  • Japanese honeysuckle flower has a sweet taste and its dried form is a popular ingredient of herbal tea in the summer for its “cooling” effect known for thousands of years in Asia. It is also widely used an
    essential herb combined with others for clearing heat and detoxification.
  • In Asia, especially in China, South East Asia and Japan, many herbal medicine for colds or flu usually
    includes this botanical.
  • According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, honeysuckle is taken orally for digestive
    disorders, enteritis, dysentery, urinarydisorders, headache, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, malignant
    tumors, and to promote sweating.
  • It is also used as a laxative, for colds and other upper respiratory tract infections, influenza, swine flu,
    pneumonia, encephalitis, fever, inflammation, swelling, boils, sores, and viral and bacterial infections.

Modern Research - Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

  • Modern scientific studies revealed that the flower of this plant has broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral
    and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • The active constituents of Japanese honeysuckle have been analyzed and are found to include: iridoid
    glycosides; organic acids (quinic acid and caffeic acid and their derivatives); triterpene glycosides
    (saponins);  flavonoids; and essential oil comprised mainly of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.
  • Laboratory investigations of this herb have mainly focused on demonstrating anti-inflammatory actions.
  • In vitro and animal studies indicate antibacterial and antiviral activity (mainly tested for influenza).

WinVivo uses Japanese Honeysuckle in products that address the following Health Concerns:

Articles about this botanical

Treatment of Acute Bronchiolitis (Japanese Honeysuckle)

In a randomised single blind trial the Chinese herbs Shuang Huang Lian (a combination of Lonicera japonica, Scutellaria baicalensis, and Forsythia suspense) were evaluated for the treatment of acute bronchiolitis.

Anti-Inflammatory Activity in Animal Models (Japanese Honeysuckle)

Lonicera japonica (Caprifoliaceae) has long been used for treatment of infectious diseases.

Anti-Inflammatory Activity (Japanese Honeysuckle and Chameleon Plant)

Houttuynia cordata Thunb. (HC), Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fischer (GU), Forsythia suspense (Thunb.) Vahl (FS), and Lonicera japonica Thunb. (LJ) are Chinese herbs known to possess anti-inflammatory properties.

Anti-HIV Integrase Activities (of Lonicera japonica or Japanese Honeysuckle

The dicaffeoylquinic acids (DCQAs) and the dicaffeoyltartaric acids (DCTAs) [compounds present in Lonicera japonica] have potent activity against HIV integrase in vitro and prevent HIV replication in tissue culture.

Anti-Inflammation via Direct Inhibition of COX-2 (Lonicera japonica or Japanese Honeysuckle)

The anti-inflammatory properties of aqueous extracts from Lonicera japonica (LJ) flower, an anti-inflammatory treatment in traditional Chinese medicine, were tested by radioimmunoassay of cyclooxygenase isoenzyme-generated prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) synthesis as well as by Western and Northern blot analysis of COX-2 protein and mRNA expression, respectively.

Product containing this botanical

Botano Guard

Botano Guard™ capsules deliver a synergistic combination of natural immune boosters with broad-spectrum antiviral and antibacterial herbs that, together, build defensive and offensive protection against harmful microorganisms.


Naturally Anti-Microbial

Synergy for Faster Relief
of Lung Inflammation

Synergy for Faster Relief of Inflammation

Dissolves Mucus/Phlegm

Repairs Inflamed Throat

Naturally Anti-inflammatory
Desensitizes the Body to Allergens

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