Sweet Wormwood (Qing Hao)

青蒿

Sweet wormwood (Qinghao)

Pharmaceutical Name: Herba artemisiae annuae

Botanical Name: Artemisia annua L.

Common Name: Sweet wormwood

Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing

Part Used: The entire plant is gathered in summer or autumn, dried in the shade and cut into pieces.

Natural Properties & Taste: Bitter, pungent and cold

Meridians: Liver, gall bladder and kidney

Therapeutic Effects:
1. To reduce heat caused by deficient yin.
2. To cool blood and release summer heat.

3. To relieve malaria.

Indications:
1. Malaria. Sweet wormwood (Qinghao) is used alone or with Scutellaria root (Huangqin) and Pinellia tuber (Banxia) in the formula Hao Qin Qingdan Tang.

2. Late stage of febrile disease, with pathogenic heat damaging yin and body fluids, manifested as fever, fever at night, and subsiding in the morning without presence of sweating, red tongue proper with scanty coating and thready, rapid pulse. Sweet wormwood (Qinghao) is used with Turtle shell (Biejia), Moutan bark (Mudanpi) and Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang) in the formula Qinghao Biejia Tang.

3. Heat signs due to deficient yin manifested as afternoon fever and night sweating. Sweet wormwood (Qinghao) is used with Large-leaf gentian root (Qinjiao), Turtle shell (Biejia) and Anemarrhena rhizome (Zhimu).

4. Invasion by summer-heat manifested as fever, dizziness and headache. Sweet wormwood (Qinghao) is used with Mung bean (Ludou) and Lotus leaf (Heye).

Dosage: 3-10 g

Cautions & Contraindications: This herb should not be boiled for a long time.

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