(Artemesia vulgaris)
Family: Asteraceae
Parts used: Leaf, root 

Actions: Bitter tonic, stimulant, nervine tonic, emmenagogue

TCM: (Niu Xi Cao)

Meridians: Lung, Spleen, Intestines

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Tonifies the Lungs, Expels Phlegm, Releases to the Exterior, Tonifies Qi (Energy), Expels Parasites, Prevents Infection

Coughs, bronchitis, asthma, hay fever, wheezing, intestinal parasites, weak appetite, diarrhea, shortness of breath, exhaustion, chronic fatigue, wounds, cuts, acne, psoriasis.

Medicinal Uses:

Whenever digestive issues are indicated. Supports digestion not only through bitter stimulation but also through carminative actions due to its volatile oils. It also has a mild nervine action - related to volatile oils - that may ease depression and tension. It is essential that volatile oils are not lost during preparation. 

May also be used as an emmenagogue to promote normal menstrual flow.  

Nutrients/Constituents: Volatile oils, sesquiterpene lactones (vulgarin); flavonoids; coumarin derivatives; triterpenes

Energetics: Bitter, acrid, warm

Safety/Contraindications: Potentially allergenic to people allergic to the asteraceae family

Ayurveda: Jupha

Dosha: Reduces Kapha and Vata