Artemisia is a large, diverse genus of plants with between 200 and 400 species belonging to the daisy family, Asteraceae.
Common names for various species in the genus include mugwort, wormwood, and sagebrush. Notable species include:
- A. vulgaris (common mugwort)
- A. tridentata (big sagebrush)
- A. annua (sagewort)
- A. absinthium (wormwood)
- A. dracunculus (tarragon)
- A. abrotanum (southernwood)
In cooking and brewing, Artemisia is used in French cuisine, mugwort beer, and in making a highly potent spirit called absinthe.
Artemisia is also used as medicinal herb, mostly for worms, malaria, convulsions (seizures), and as a sedative-hypnotic. It has also been used to treat the withdrawal symptoms of morphine.
In homeopathy, artemisia is used in very dilute potencies for treating many different indications, when the person’s constitution matches. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, artemisia is also used for many different uses, including cancer.
This is an interesting video by Len Saputo, MD about the use of artemisia in cancer. As he mentions in the video, it has been shown to kill cancer cells in vitro (which means, non-human and non-animal tests), although more tests would be needed to show scientific safety and efficacy in humans.