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Mugwort

(Artemisia vulgaris)

Parts Used: Leaves, roots or flowering tops

Active constituents:  Mugwort contains a volatile oil, a sesquiterpene lactone, flavonoids, coumarin derivatives and triterpenes, tannins and bitter principles.

Main Actions:

  • Bitter tonic
  • Bitter stomachic (tones the stomach and encourages appetite)
  • Stimulant
  • Nervine Tonic
  • Emmenagogue (stimulates the menstrual flow when it is absent for reasons other than pregnancy)
  • Cholagogue (promotes the flow of gastric bile from the gall bladder)
  • Athelmintic (encourages the expulsion of worms)

Major Safety Issues:

  • Should be avoided during pregnancy.
  • Toxic in overdose. and excessive dose can cause epileptic spasms.
  • Can also increase menstrual bleeding to a dangerous level.
  • Can act on the uterus to cause abortion.