Mugwort (Artemisiae vulgaris herba, radix)

Published July 6, 1988.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Artemisiae vulgaris herba, mugwort herb.
Artemisiae vulgaris radix, mugwort root.

Composition of Drug

Mugwort herb consists of the above-ground parts of Artemisia vulgaris L., as well as preparations thereof.

Mugwort root consists of the underground parts of A. vulgaris L. [Fam. Asteraceae], as well as preparations thereof.


Mugwort herb is used in complaints and problems involving the gastrointestinal tract, such as colic, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, weak digestion, to stimulate secretion of gastric juice and bile, as a laxative in cases of obesity and "for the liver," also against worm infestations, and for hysteria, epilepsy, persistent vomiting, convulsions in children, menstrual problems and irregular periods, to promote circulation and to act as a sedative.

The root is used for asthenic states as a tonic, and in combination with other remedies for psychoneuroses, neurasthenia, depression, hypochondria, autonomic neuroses, general irritability and restlessness, insomnia, and anxiety states.

The efficacy of mugwort for the listed indications has not been substantiated.


An abortifacient action has been reported. Allergic reactions are possible in previously sensitized subjects.


Since the effectiveness for the claimed applications is not verified, a therapeutic administration is not recommended.