Wormwood (Artemisia)

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Artemisia Annua - Pelinita or Sweet wormwood

Artemisia Annua is a tropical herb that has many health benefits for our body. It is a rich source of volatile oil, flavonoids, triterpenes, tannins and coumarin. Due to their beneficial action, mugwort annua is associated with tonic, cardioprotective, diuretic, anti-fungal, vasodilator and antiseptic properties on the body. Scientists have also extracted an active chemical called artemisinin, which has demonstrated anti-malarial and anti-tumour actions and thus has the potential to act as an adjuvant for these conditions. In addition, the plant's activity stimulates bile production in the liver.

In addition, it is recognized for its ability to help eliminate intestinal worms. But these benefits don't stop there, scientific research also shows that artemisinin annua can help eliminate and stop the growth of cancer cells. It can be used to relieve anorexia, insomnia, flatulence, stomach pain, jaundice and indigestion.

Artemisinin contains the optimal concentration of artemisia annua which gives it chemoprotective properties, the product acting as a natural cytostatic.


Health benefits of artemisia annua:

  • 1. Helps prevent cancer.
In the composition of the artemisia annua plant we find ingredients that can help fight some types of cancer, such as breast, gastric, lung and liver cancer. Artemisia annua has high anti-tumour activity due to its interaction with the iron complex in the blood. 

In fact, this plant has been used in Chinese medicine due to its ability to kill 98% of breast cancer cells. In order to obtain such benefits, it is recommended to consume this plant together with an adequate amount of water, so that the substances are transported to the bloodstream.

According to recent studies on this plant, it has been shown that mugwort can kill breast cancer cells that are enriched with iron. A 2012 study tested samples of breast cancer cells and normal breast cells.   

It found that within 16 hours, approximately all the cancer cells were killed. Bioengineer Henry Lai believes that because a breast cancer cell has more than 5-15 receptors than normal, it absorbs iron more easily and is more susceptible to the action of artemisinin.
  • 2. Helps relieve epidermal parotitis.
The polyphenolic compounds found in the composition of the artemisia annua plant have the ability to relieve this condition. Mumps is characterized by inflammation of the throat. 
  • 3. Artemisia annua can be useful in ulcers.
An unbalanced and irregular diet can lead to ulcers in the body. Another cause may be too much acid in the stomach. By consuming the herb artemisia annua, it will have the ability to help neutralize the acid in the stomach and also relieve the wound on the stomach wall.

Artemisia annua has in its composition a content of polyphenols, tocopherols and hydroxyugenols that are useful for neutralizing stomach acid. These substances can also strengthen the gastric sphincter muscles, which work to receive a high food intake without damaging the stomach.
  • 4. Helps prevent haemodialysis.
Blood plays an essential role in our body because all the activities of our organs need blood to function properly. However, there are some substances that can be harmful to it. Fortunately, mugwort contains vitamin E, an antioxidant and flavonoid that can kill toxins in the bloodstream, keeping it clean.
  • 5. Supports bone health.
Artemisia annua contains many substances that are beneficial for our bone system. The calcium and magnesium content in the composition of this plant, are able to strengthen the bones and certainly very good for their development, especially during childhood. In addition, it plays an important role in the process of bone formation, the regeneration of bone cells and contributes to the filling of the bone structure, due to aging.
  • 6. Artemisia annua supports appetite.
This herb is beneficial for children who want to grow, but also for people who have undergone surgery and need to increase physical stamina. 
  • 7. Contributes to maintaining respiratory health.
The best anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial aspects of the artemisia annua plant are found in coniferyl alcohol and quercetin. Both play an essential role in improving the balance of bacteria in the oral cavity and helping to normalise acidity. Thus, it will help reduce the risk of canker sores, bleeding gums and remove bad breath.

In addition, artemisia annua helps to clean the tongue and saliva of germs that cause bad breath.
  • 8. Prevents breast swelling and accelerates breastfeeding.
Women's breasts can be affected as they are often used to feed the baby. Artemisia annua contains terpenoid and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help relieve the inflammation that can occur, so it can speed up breastfeeding.
  • 9. May be useful as an adjuvant in malaria.
Artemisia annua has a substance in its composition - artemisinin, which has been used in the relief of malaria. It is known to rapidly reduce the number of parasites in the blood of people with malaria. The World Health Organization recommends artemisinin-based combination therapies.

Recent experiments have shown that artemisinin is effective against the malaria parasite because of its ability to react with high levels of iron in the parasite to produce free radicals. The free radicals then destroy the parasite's cell walls.
  • 10. Supports immune system health.
Artemisia annua contains vitamins A and E in its composition, which are known for their ability to strengthen the immune system. Together with proteins, this herb can help form phagocytes, which help boost the immune system. 
  • 11. It is an adjuvant in maintaining a healthy heart.
Artemisia annua contains antioxidants and flavonoids that help restore damaged cells. These flavonoid compounds may be helpful in supporting optimal blood flow by strengthening the heart muscle and blood vessels to drain blood.

In addition, the saponins and quercetin in artemisia annua help to maintain a stable heartbeat. Other antioxidants will help maintain heart cell regeneration and remove cholesterol deposits, toxins and residues from the blood vessels, which will interfere with blood circulation and cardiovascular function.
  • 12. Maintains healthy skin.
Ageing skin or the premature appearance of ageing skin is not just caused by getting older. It can also be caused by lifestyle or other factors that do not allow the skin to receive the care it needs. 

Artemisia annua has in its composition many vitamins and substances that are useful for maintaining healthy skin. Vitamins E and C contribute to moisturizing the skin and flavonoids help to clean the blood vessels to better meet the oxygen and nutritional needs of the skin.



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