Chapter

Chinese Drugs of Plant Origin

pp 179-183

Artemisia scoparia Waldst. et Kit. and A. capillaris Thunb.

  • Weici TangAffiliated withLebensmittelchemie und Umwelttoxikologie, Universität Kaiserslautern
  • , Gerhard EisenbrandAffiliated withLebensmittelchemie und Umwelttoxikologie, Universität Kaiserslautern

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Abstract

Yinchen, Herba Artemisiae scopariae is the dry young sprout of Artemisia scoparia Waldst. et Kit. or A. capillaris Thunb. (Asteraceae) collected in spring when the sprouts have reached a height of 6–10 cm. It is listed officially in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia and used mainly as a choleretic, antiinflammatory, and diuretic agent in the treatment of epidemic hepatitis.