Do you know the Chinese herbal medicine —— Mugwort?
Do you know the Chinese herbal medicine —— Mugwort?
The use of mugwort as medicine has a history of thousands of years in China, and the pharmacological research of modern medicine has shown that mugwort is a broad-spectrum antibacterial and antiviral drug.

Do you know the Chinese herbal medicine —— Mugwort?

The use of mugwort as medicine has a history of thousands of years in China, and the pharmacological research of modern medicine has shown that mugwort is a broad-spectrum antibacterial and antiviral drug. It has inhibitory and killing effects on many viruses and bacteria, and has a harmful effect on the respiratory system. The disease has a certain preventive effect.

In ancient China, there was a deeper understanding of mugwort. The"Compendium of Materia Medica" by Li Shizhen in the Ming Dynasty recorded that the mugwort was used as medicine, which had the effects of warming middle, nourishing Yang, twelve meridians, regulating Qi, dispelling dampness, stopping bleeding and relieving pain. Do you know the Chinese herbal medicine —— Mugwort?(图1)

The functions of mugwort:

Traditional medicinal theory believes that mugwort has the functions of regulating Qi and blood, dispelling cold and dampness, warming menstruation, hemostasis, and anti-fetus.

Modern experimental studies have proved that Mugwort has antibacterial and antiviral effects; antiasthmatic, antitussive and expectorant effects; hemostasis and anticoagulant effects; sedative and anti-allergic effects; liver and choleretic effects.

During the Dragon Boat Festival in China, people always put moxa in their homes to avoid evil spirits. After the stems of the plants are withered, the plants are soaked in water and fumigated to disinfect and relieve itching.

Fumigating the mother and infant room with mugwort can inhibit the growth of more than 10 common bacteria such as Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Escherichia coli.

The hepatitis B virus will be inactivated, and the air parameters can reach normal after fumigation, which is less toxic and irritating to the parturient and newborn. Therefore, the parturient women usually use moxa water for bathing or fumigation.

Mugwort foot bath can warm the lungs: take 30-50 grams of dry mugwort to boil the water and soak your feet three times a week. Improve lung function, which is good for people who suffer from chronic bronchitis and who are prone to coughing up white phlegm

Usages of mugwort


Mugwort Qingtuan is a common traditional holiday food, usually a green cake made from grass juice and flour.

Mugwort can be used in recipes such as "Artemisia argyi tea", "Artemisia argyi leaf soup" and "Artemisia argyi porridge" to enhance the body's resistance to diseases

 Do you know the Chinese herbal medicine —— Mugwort?(图2)Moxibustion

Moxibustion therapy uses moxa as the main material, moxibustion, moxibustion and roasting on the meridians, acupoints or painful parts of the human body, and the heat of moxibustion is used to stimulate the human body, thereby inspiring meridians and warming the blood to achieve prevention and treatment. A method for disease purposes.

In the treatment of arthritis, moxibustion therapy can alleviate the symptoms of the disease, reduce swelling and relieve pain, improve the morning stiffness of joints, control the development of the disease, and has a good clinical effect.


The mugwort oil extracted from the mugwort leaf can be used as a raw material for a variety of perfumes and cosmetics. Cosmetics produced with mugwort as raw materials have no side effects on the human body, can make human skin smooth and tender, and have the effect of delaying aging.

Mugwort perfume is rich. Mugwort volatile oil has a strong insecticidal and bactericidal effect. It is low-toxic to humans and animals, and has a strong repellent effect on potato beetles. It is a natural and cheap insecticide and can also be used for animals. Feed, cigarettes, health care products, perfumes, regulating fresheners, etc.


The raw materials extracted from mugwort can be used in the development of biological pesticides. Studies have shown that the extracts of mugwort with different solvents can kill harmful crop insects such as aphids, lepidopteran larvae, and cinnabar larvae.

The use of mugwort resources to develop botanical pesticides has low toxicity, high efficiency, high selection, and low residue safety. It is a "green pesticide" and mugwort has become one of the first choices for pure green pesticides.

With the advancement of science and the improvement of living standards, organic vegetables are on the market, and biological pesticides have replaced chemical pesticides. Most plant pesticides have the characteristics of high selection, high efficiency, low toxicity, less residue, and safety. In addition, mugwort is good. Planting, high yield, low price and other reasons, therefore, the medicinal development and application prospects of mugwort are very broad.

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