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Mugwort, have you heard of it? This herbal plant is on the rise, you know, because it is believed to have many he alth benefits, including reducing stress. Even so, there are some things you need to pay attention to before using this plant
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris L.) or also known as Chinese new leaf has been used for a long time in traditional Chinese medicine. This herbal plant is believed to have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory effects, and is even thought to be able to work as an antitumor.
Various Benefits of Mugwort
Mugwort is often used in acupuncture therapy. In this therapy, mugwort leaves will be rolled first to form a cone, then burned over certain points of the body. This technique is called moxibustion.
In addition, mugwort can also be extracted into essential oils, brewed as tea, processed into food seasonings, or processed and packaged into pills or supplements. The roots of this mugwort plant can also be processed into a tonic which is believed to increase energy.
Well, here are some of the benefits you can get from using mugwort:
1. Reducing stress
Did you know, mugwort is believed to calm the nervous system, increase energy, and even relieve anxiety, sleep disorders, and depression. So, when you're feeling stressed, it never hurts to try mugwort, huh.
You can use mugwort that is already available in the form of supplements or tea that you can brew.
2. Relieves itching
Lotions containing mugwort can also be used to relieve itching caused by scars or burns. However, before using it, make sure first that you are not allergic to this herbal plant, okay.
3. Helping the normal delivery process
One of the benefits of mugwort that has been known for a long time is that it helps the normal delivery process. This is believed to be because mugwort can trigger uterine contractions. However, the benefits of mugwort still need further research to ensure its safety and effectiveness.
What you need to know, because it can trigger uterine wall contractions, mugwort is not recommended for use in early pregnancy. The reason is, it can actually increase the risk of miscarriage.
4. Relieves colic or stomach cramps due to menstruation
In several studies, the moxibustion technique performed with mugwort leaves is known to relieve menstrual pain. One study even mentions that its effectiveness is estimated to be the same as when someone takes painkillers.
In addition to the various benefits above, mugwort is also believed to be able to overcome digestive problems, sleep disorders, maintain liver he alth, lower blood pressure, and is even believed to have antitumor effects. However, these benefits have not been fully justified and need further investigation.
Pay Attention To This Before Using Mugwort
The he alth benefits of mugwort are a shame if you miss it, right? However, before you use this herbal plant, there are a few things you need to pay attention to.
Mugwort can trigger allergic reactions in someone who has a history of allergies to this plant or plants that are still included in the Asteraceae family, such as sunflowers, daisies, stevia leaves, or chicory.
Sometimes, allergic reactions can also occur in people who have allergies to tobacco, celery, carrots, olives, hazelnuts, kiwi, or peaches.
In addition, pregnant women, especially those whose pregnancies are very young, are not recommended to use mugwort. This is because mugwort can trigger contractions and actually risk causing bleeding and miscarriage.
Likewise with breastfeeding mothers. Until now, it is not known with certainty the safety of using mugwort in nursing mothers.
Mugwort does have a number of he alth benefits. However, to be safer, it would be better if you consult with your doctor first before using it.
If after using mugwort an allergic reaction occurs, such as itchy or swollen skin, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the lips and eyelids, then stop using mugwort and go to the doctor immediately for treatment.