Artemisia Herba-Alba

What other names is Artemisia Herba-alba known by?

Absinthe du Désert, AHAE, AHE, Armoise Herbe Blanche, Artemisia, Common Wormwood, Common Wood Worm, Desert Wormwood, Herba Alba, Shih, Thym des Steppes.

What is Artemisia Herba-alba?

Artemisia herba-alba is a short shrub usually found in Northern Africa and the Middle East. The parts that grow above the ground are used as medicine.

People take Artemisia herba-alba for cough, stomach and intestinal upset, the common cold, measles, diabetes, yellowed skin (jaundice), anxiety, irregular heartbeat, and muscle weakness. It is also used for parasitic infections such as roundworms, pinworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and flukes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Diabetes. Developing research suggests that taking an Artemisia herba-alba water extract might lower blood sugar levels in some people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Parasitic infections such as roundworms, pinworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and flukes. There is some evidence that taking an Artemisia herba-alba water extract might reduce symptoms and cure pinworm infections in adults and children after 3 days of treatment.
  • Stomach upset.
  • Common cold.
  • Measles.
  • Jaundice.
  • Anxiety.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Artemisia herba-alba for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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