Latin name: Artemisia vulgaris
Other names: felon herb, moxa, muggons, old man, sailor’s tobacco, St. John’s plant, traveler’s herb

What is Mugwort?

Mugwort is a tall perennial shrub that contains essential oils and flavonoids. It has been used for centuries, and Roman centurions allegedly put it in their sandals to keep their feet in good shape. Mugwort is used in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine in a pulverized and aged form called moxa, which is burned, and then applied to acupuncture points.

What are the health benefits of Mugwort?
Mugwort is considered feminine in nature and has been used to improve women’s health for centuries.  Mugwort has also been used to treat digestive issues. It plays a role in Asian traditional medicine as an external method of correcting possible breech births. Moxibustion, along with acupuncture, is effective in slowing fetal heart rate while increasing fetal movement.

Are there any precautions for taking Mugwort?

Since it causes uterine contractions, mugwort should not be taken internally by pregnant women.

Where can I find Mugwort?
Mugwort can be found online through herb suppliers, in Asian markets, in health food stores and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

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