Wednesday, 24 June 2015


The gardeners at the college mistook the artemisia argyi or Chinese mugwort plant as weeds and got rid of them.  Fortunately they did not put weed killers and new plants have sprouted.  It is also known as mugwort.  In Chinese it is called Ngai.  When my Aunt May was alive she would fry this herb together with eggs for me when I complained of period pains.  They are quite a few species but the ones that I have here is really bitter.

Medicinal use of Artemisia argyi:
The leaves are antiseptic, expectorant, febrifuge and styptic. They are used in the treatment of sterility, functional bleeding of the uterus, dysmenorrhoea, coughs and asthma. They are also used in moxibustion. The leaves have been found to have an antibacterial action, effective against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus typhi, B. dysenteriae, E. coli, B. subtilis, Pseudomonas etc. A volatile oil extracted from the plant is particularly effective in the treatment of bronchitis and asthma - the oil is sprayed into the throat and takes effect within one minute.

No comments: