Honeysuckle flowers(Lonicera japonica) or Jinyinhua (Gold Silver Flower) are a traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used for the treatment of respiratory infections, including influenza, and has recently been described by some medical researchers as potentially ‘virological penicillin’. In 2014 a team of researchers lead by Dr Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University published an article in the journal Cell Research (Nature) that Honeysuckle flower tea had been demonstrated to inhibit Influenza A viruses (IAV’s) – H1N1 (Swine flu pandemic, Sichuan, China in 2009), H5N1 (Avian
As Autumn approaches and the days rapidly get shorter, the erratic fluctuation between mild, but falling daytime temperatures and increasingly cold nights, means the body has to work harder to maintain its internal equilibrium. The body needs to adjust to the unstable external temperatures in order to maintain its immune defenses against opportunistic viruses and bacteria that thrive under these conditions. In other words, to stay healthy and maintain optimal immunity, the body must adapt effectively to the changing environment of this season.