Wild Cherry Bark

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

Actions: Bitter tonic, stimulant, nervine tonic, emmenagogue

TCM: (Yu) - fruit (Yu Li Ren)- Seed

Meridians: Lung, Large Intestine, Small Intestine

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: 

Yu Li Ren – Moist Laxative, Promotes Urination. Moistens the intestines and unblocks bowels, reduces edema. 

Yu – Circulates Qi, Calms Nerves, Calms Shen, Restores the Heart, Lungs, and Intestines, Dries Phelgm, Reduces Inflammation, Tonifies Upper Warmer. Asthma, palps, chest oppression, exhaustion, loss of appetite, night sweats (Lung Yin Xu type), nasal discharge (especially Damp Cold).

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: Elvalukam, Aileyah

Dosha: Balances kapha and pitta, aggravates vata