Artemisia scoparia

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Historical Use of Artemisia scoparia

Artemisia scoparia in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Yinchen (Yinchenhao)

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Oriental Wormwood

Specific Name  : Herba artemisiae scopariae

Scientific Name:
Collection  : The drug is collected in spring when seedling is 6 - 10cm high, or in autumn when the bud is forming, remove from foreign matter and older stem and dried in the sun. The drug collected in spring is known as "Mianyinchen" and that collected in autumn is known as "Yinchenhao".

Description  : Mianyinchen: mostly rolled into masses, greyish white or greyish green, densely covered with white pubescences throughout, soft like a nap. Stems thin and small. 1.5 - 2.5cm long, 1 - 2mm in diameter, longitudinal striations distinct after removing the white pubescences on the surface, texture fragile and easily broken. Leaves petioled when whole, 1 - 3 pinnatipartisect, lumina 1 - 3nm long, about 1cm wide. Segments ovoid or slightly oblanceolate, strip shaped, apex acute, odor delicately aromatic and taste slightly bitter.Yinchenhao: Stems cylindrical, frequently branched, 30 - 100cm long, 2 - 8mm in diameter, externally pale purple or purple, striated longitudinally, pubescent, light. Texture fragile, fracture whitish, leaves densely gathered or mostly fallen off. Basal leaves 2 - 3 pinnatipartite, segments stripe shaped or finely stripe shaped, densely covered with white pubescences on both surfaces, cauline leaves 1 - 2 pinnatipartisect, amplexicaul at the base, segments filamentous, capitulum ovoid, mostly gathered into conical. 1.2 - 1.5mm long, 1 - 1.2 mm in diameter, short petioled, involucres 3 - 4 layers, ovoid, bracts 4-lobed, the outer female flowers 6 - 10 up to 15, the inner bisexual flowers 2 - 10, achenes oblong, yellowish brown. Odour aromatic, taste slightly bitter.

Identification  :

Processing  : Eliminate remains of roots and the foreign matter, rub or cut into pieces. For Mianyinchen, sift to remove dust.

Action  : To remove damp-heat and relieve jaundice.

Indication  : infectious icteric hepatitis; sores with exudation and itching

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 6 to 15 g; for external use, appropriate quantity to be made into hot decoction for fuming and washing.

Storage  : Preserve in a cool and dry place, protected from moisture.

Synonymns for Artemisia scoparia

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Ya-Xian DU, Jin Fan, Shi-Yao Li, Yu-Bin Niu, Hai-Long Yu, Ju-Ying Huang
[Fractal dimension characteristics of soil particle size distribution under different vegetation patches in desert steppe and its relationship with soil nutrients]. [荒漠草原不同植被微斑块土壤粒径分布分形特征与养分的关系.]
Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao: 2019, 30(11);3716-3724
[PubMed:31833684] [] [DOI] (P p)

Hui-Feng Wu, Li-Na Ren, Wen-Fang Hao, Gang Li, Li-Juan Song, Shui-Juan Wu
[Response of understory species distribution of Robinia pseudoacacia plantation to environmental factors in loess hilly region, China.] [黄土丘陵区刺槐群落林下物种分布对环境因子的响应.]
Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao: 2019, 30(11);3646-3652
[PubMed:31833676] [] [DOI] (P p)

Shabina Iram, Muhammad Qasim Hayat, Muhammad Tahir, Alvina Gul, Abdullah, Ibrar Ahmed
Plants (Basel): 2019, 8(11);
[PubMed:31698805] [] [DOI] (P e)

Xue-Ying Zhang, Xian-Zhi Sun, Sheng Zhang, Jing-Hui Yang, Fang-Fang Liu, Jie Fan
Comprehensive transcriptome analysis of grafting onto Artemisia scoparia W. to affect the aphid resistance of chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium T.).
BMC Genomics: 2019, 20(1);776
[PubMed:31653200] [] [DOI] (I e)

Ya Xian DU, Yang Mei Kang, Yu Bin Niu, Pan Wang, Hai Long Yu, Zhen Shi Zhang, Ju Ying Huang
[Soil microflora characteristics under different vegetation patches in a desert steppe of Ning-xia, Northwest China.] [宁夏荒漠草原不同植物群落微斑块内土壤微生物区系特征.]
Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao: 2019, 30(9);3057-3065
[PubMed:31529881] [] [DOI] (P p)



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