The young plant of Artemisia scoparia Waldst. et Kit., family Cornpositae.
A herb, the young stem covered by white downs. Leaves cauligerous, 2-3
pinnately parted; pinnae linear. The dried sample shrunken as soft cotton
ball, grey green. Bitter and acrid in taste, slightly cold in nature,
and attributive to spleen, stomach, liver and gallbladder channels.
1. Clear away heat and dampness, promote choleresis and relieve jaundice:
For jaundice of dampness-heat type. Recently used for infectious hepatitis,
cholelithiasis, cholecystitis and hemolytic jaundice.
2. Lower blood lipids: For hypercholesteremia.
3. Expel wind, deprive dampness and alleviate itching: For prurigo of
dampness-heat type, urticaria, tinea favosa and tinea alba (external washing
and application in addition to oral use).
1. Its decoction or its volatile oil, and active components such as chlorogenic
acid, caffeic acid and hydroxyacetophenone are chologogues.
Protecting the liver of experimental animals from the damage of CCl4.
3. Decreasing the level of blood lipids and alleviating artherosclerosis
and lipidosis in rabbits.
4. In creasing the coronary flow of rabbits in vitro.
5. Its volatile oil inhibits the growth of Shigelta dysenteriae, Hemolytic
streptococcus and various dermatomyces in vitro.
External use: Appropriate amount.