Probably no herb captures the beauty of Chinese medicine as much as chrysanthemum. Let me share a quotation from an 18th-century work, The Thoroughly Revised Materia Medica, as a means of further exploring the wonders of Chinese medicine and chrysanthemum:
Thoroughly imbued with the qi of the four seasons, it sprouts in winter, produces leaves in spring, blossoms in summer, and reaches full flower in autumn. In its fullness, it embraces the frost and succumbs to the essence of metal and water [i.e, autumn and winter respectively], thus it is able to benefit two organs, lungs and kidneys. This controls heart fire and calms liver wood; with wood calmed, the wind is extinguished; when fire is directed downward, heat is eliminated.