Wormwood

Wormwood (Artemesia annua).

Wormwood (Artemesia annua) also known as annual mugwort has been used throughout the ages to fevers and for the treatment and prevention of malaria, coughs and colds. Traditional preparation involved soaking the fresh whole plant in water overnight and wringing it out and ingesting the resulting liquid. The discovery of the anti-malarial compound artemisinin from wormwood resulted in the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.

References

Sadiq, A., M.Q. Hayat, and M. Ashraf, Ethnopharmacology of Artemisia annua L.: A Review, in Artemisia annua – Pharmacology and Biotechnology, T. Aftab, et al., Editors. 2014, Springer Berlin Heidelberg: Berlin, Heidelberg. p. 9-25.

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