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.
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: JuphaDosha: Reduces Kapha and Vata