Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is a well-known Chinese herb used for centuries in the treatment of influenza infection for centuries.
Previous studies have confirmed that the herb, which is usually consumed in the form of a tea, can suppress the replication of influenza virus. However, more recently, a team of researchers headed by Dr Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University in China has identified the first active component, MIR2911, directly targeting various influenza viruses, including the swine flu H1N1.
It has been reported that the antiviral properties makes adding a few drops to a steaming bowl of hot (purified) water, covering your head with a towel, and breathing in the vapors for 5-10 minutes, beneficial.
Honeysuckle is used for digestive disorders including pain and swelling (inflammation) of the small intestine (enteritis) and dysentery; upper respiratory tract infections including colds, influenza, swine flu, and pneumonia; other viral and bacterial infections; swelling of the brain (encephalitis); fever; boils; and sores. Honeysuckle is also used for urinary disorders, headache, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. Some people use it to promote sweating, as a laxative, to counteract poisoning, and for birth control.
Honeysuckle is sometimes applied to the skin for inflammation and itching, and to kill germs.