Artemisia Vulgaris (Mugwort)
Artemisia Vulgaris (also called Mugwort and common wormwood) is beneficial in diseases related to menstruation, digestion and parasitic infestations. Topical application of leaves acts antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial.
Flowers and leaves of Mugwort are also effective in muscular cramps, asthma, painful periods and uterine disorders.
|Scientific Name||ARTEMISIA VULGARIS|
|Hindi Name||NAGADOUNA, NAGADONA|
|English Name||MUGWORT, COMMON WORMWOOD|
|Other Names||ARTEMISIA, HIERBA DE SAN JUAN|
Botanical Classification (Taxonomy)
|Infra Kingdom||STREPTOPHYTA (land plants)|
|Division||TRACHEOPHYTA (TRACHEOPHYTES or Vascular Plants)|
|Sub Division||SPERMATOPHYTINA (SPERMATOPHYTES or Seed Plants)|
|Family||ASTERACEAE (sunflowers or tournesols)|
|Genus||ARTEMISIA (wormwood, sagewort or sagebrush)|
|Species||ARTEMISIA VULGARIS (mugwort, artemisia, hierba de San Juan, common wormwood)|
- Mugwort root
Artemisia Vulgaris (Mugwort) has following healing properties.
- Antiseptic (local application of leaves paste)
- Nervine tonic
- Diaphoretic (inducing perspiration)
Artemisia Vulgaris (Mugwort) is helpful in following health conditions.
Brain & Nerves
- Mental fatigue
- General irritability
- Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
Lungs & Airways
- Abdominal colic and cramps
- Loss of appetite
- Parasitic infestations or intestinal worms
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Liver disorders (supportive therapy)
- Irregular periods
Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses
Mugwort roots are general tonic and boost physical and mental energy. Leaves and flower tops are used for therapeutic purposes. All parts of Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) stimulate the secretion of gastric juices, so they improve digestion. Mugwort also works as liver tonic and increases the bile secretion, which corrects fat metabolism and improves intestinal movements. Thus, Mugwort also help in curing constipation. Mugwort also have sedative, antidepressant and calming action on the mind, which helps in getting rid of all diseases related to mental stress, depression and anxiety.
The dosage of Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) varies according to its parts, age of patient and health conditions. The general therapeutic dosage of Mugwort is as follows.
|Mugwort Roots Powder||125 mg to 1000 mg|
|Mugwort Leaves Powder||500 mg to 2 grams|
|Mugwort Flowers powder||500 mg to 2 grams|
|Mugwort Flowers infusion||25 to 50 ml|
|Mugwort Leaves decoction||25 to 50 ml|
|Mugwort Tea||50 to 100 ml|
This table represents the single dosage of Mugwort parts. Herbalist can recommend this dosage twice or thrice a day according to health conditions and several other factors.
Caution & Side Effects
Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) in natural form is POSSIBLY SAFE in the Mugwort dosage listed above. The excess dosage can cause several side effects. Some of them are.
- Heartburn (common)
- Acid reflux
- Vertigo (rare)
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) is UNSAFE in pregnancy. It can stimulate uterine contractions and increase the chances of bleeding and spotting. It may also have effects on hormones or alter the pregnancy hormones, which may lead miscarriage.
There is a little information available regarding the safety of Mugwort during breastfeeding. It might pass into milk and cause heartburn in infants.
Mugwort pollen are allergens and cause respiratory troubles. In some people, Mugwort can also have allergic reaction. The symptoms of Mugwort allergy are.
- Persistent sneezing
- Burning sensation in the nose (especially with Mugwort smoke)
- Itchy throat
- Swelling on lips
- Swollen eyes
- Breathing trouble