SINGAPORE – One of the hotly demanded Chinese herbs in traditional medical halls during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak was jin yin hua (honeysuckle).

The dried flower buds of the lonicera japonica are believed to have detoxifying properties in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

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