Mugwort

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Mugwort (艾叶 àiyè, traditional 艾葉)

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One of the very ancient herbs of China, it is also very common in other parts of the world, where it abounds in the countryside. The leaves and the roots can be used internally where it will act as a stimulant, and it can also be used externally on the skin, in the form of a poultice on aching joints and for muscular pains. It can also be taken as an infusion, but only in small quantities, and it will stop internal bleeding, stimulate the appetite, help to regulate menstruation, restore energy levels, dispel wind and abdominal cramps, and will also clear up a variety of skin complaints.

References

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The Tao of Long Life - The Chinese Art of Ch'ang Ming

by Chee Soo

©Seahorse Books 2008 reproduced with permission

page 144