Japanese Honeysuckle Weed (Lonicera japonica)
Honey bees are the main pollinators of honesuckles. They have been known to attack honesuckles when they are not hungry enough. Honey bee stings can cause severe pain and even death if untreated.
Honey bees may sting multiple times before dying from their wounds or simply die after being stung once.
The honey bee’s venom is very toxic to humans. Even small amounts of it can kill a person within minutes. Honey bees are also known to carry diseases such as the varroa mite and the European corn borer.
These pests damage crops through their bites, which cause them to wither and eventually die off completely. Varroa mites lay eggs inside honeybees, which hatch into tiny maggots that feed on the bees’ blood until they die.
In Japan, honeysuckle plants are commonly used in herbal medicine. In fact, there are many different varieties of honeysuckle. Some of these include:
Honeysuckle flowers contain a substance called salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps reduce inflammation and relieve pain caused by minor cuts and scrapes. It also reduces swelling due to minor burns and other skin irritations.
Honeysuckle flowers contain a mild toxin called moroidin. This toxin is similar to digitalis, a drug used to treat congestive heart failure. In low doses, it strengthens heart muscles and reduces chest pain caused by heart disease and irregular heartbeats.
In high doses, it can be poisonous.
Honeysuckle berries may be poisonous to humans, but they are safe for birds. These berries are not only poisonous to us, but also cause stomach pain and nausea.
Body Systems Affected By Honeysuckle
The human heart is a complicated organ. It contains billions of tiny cells that ensure it keeps beating at a regular rhythm. It also helps keep blood moving throughout the body.
If any of these cells die or become damaged, the heart can’t maintain a steady beat. This is called a cardiac arrest, and it can be fatal if the problem isn’t fixed immediately.
The human digestive system transforms food into energy that keeps us active and alert. The liver filters toxins from the blood. The pancreas produces enzymes that help break down food so the body can use it for energy.
If any of these organs fail completely, death is inevitable.
Body systems affected by honeysuckles include:
The nervous system
The reproductive system
The respiratory system
The skeletal system
The urinary system
The digestive system
The integumentary system
The lymphatic system
Body systems not affected by honeysuckles include:
The cardiovascular system
The endocrine system
Harmful effects of honeysuckles:
Some honeysuckles contain harmful substances that can be poisonous if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. These substances can cause damage to major organs such as the brain and the liver. In some cases, they can cause death.
In some rare cases, honeysuckles can cause allergic reactions in humans and other animals. Symptoms may include itching, swelling, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and seizures. If you experience any of these symptoms after coming into contact with honeysuckles, seek immediate medical attention.
Some honeysuckles can cause diarrhea. This can become life-threatening in some cases if the individual becomes severely dehydrated.
Some honeysuckles can cause uterine contractions. In large enough quantities, these honeysuckles can actually expel the unborn child before a woman goes into labor. This is not common and typically only affects women who are members of certain tribes that have ingested these honeysuckles for generations as a means of natural birth control.
Some honeysuckles can cause drowsiness and fatigue.
Sources & references used in this article:
Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) as an Invasive Species; History, Ecology, and Context by KA Schierenbeck – Critical reviews in plant sciences, 2004 – Taylor & Francis
Japanese honeysuckle: from” one of the best” to ruthless pest by RA Hardt – Arnoldia, 1986 – JSTOR
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Ecological Life-history of Lonicera japonica Thunb. by AD Leatherman – 1955 – trace.tennessee.edu
The biology of Canadian weeds. 135. Lonicera japonica Thunb. by BMH Larson, PM Catling… – Canadian journal of plant …, 2007 – NRC Research Press