Description. The plant contains bitter glycosides absinthine, anabsinthine, flavonoids, essential oil, phytoncides, alkaloids, capillin, vitamins, organic acids, and tannins. In medicine of many countries around the world, the plant is used as a means of improving digestion and stimulating appetite. Mugwort is part of the choleretic, appetizing, and gastric collections that reduce flatulence. Dry mugwort, which is worth buying for practically everyone, can be used to treat the following diseases: indigestion, intestinal upset, loss of appetite; helminthiasis; gastritis and peptic ulcer of the stomach; hypertension; pulmonary tuberculosis; hemorrhoids; arthritis; anemia and general weakness; acne and purulent rashes on the skin; gout; mental disorders; pyelonephritis and other kidney diseases.
Use. It is widely used in homeopathy. Mugwort is also variously used in traditional medicine in many countries. It is taken internally for its appetizing bitterness, as an antihelminthic astringent, to treat gastritis, gastric ulcer, dysentery, rheumatism, anemia, jaundice, obesity, flatulence, migraine, hypertension, pulmonary tuberculosis, edema, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, bad breath, epilepsy. It also acts as an expectorant and antispasmodic to treat such conditions as neurasthenia, heartburn, cholera, and it even helps in the treatment of alcoholism. Mugwort is used externally as a hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and wound healing ailment. It is added to lotions and compresses for bruises, purulent wounds and ulcers, allergies (the herb has an analgesic effect), bruises, sprains, dislocations, spasms, and inflammation of the colon. It can be taken in the form of a rinse for inflammatory processes of the mouth cavity. Importantly, the use of mugwort is contraindicated during pregnancy. Because of its toxicity when used internally, care should be taken when consuming the herb. Excessive use of wormwood preparations can cause convulsions and hallucinations.