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Santonica

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  • Botanical: Artemisia cina
  • Family: Asteraceae
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Santonica

Botanical

Artemisia cina

Family

Asteraceae

Known as

Santonica, Artemisia cina, Levant wormseed, Wormseed, Wurmsaat, Wurmsamen, Zitwer, Zitwerbeifuß, Zitwerblüte, Zitwersamen

Old Use

medicinal

Collection Times

July and August

Parts Used

flowers, seed

Medicinal

colic, cramps stomach, gastrointestinal, indigestion, intestinal parasites, vomiting

Hormone & Sexual Organs

menstruation promotion

Stomach & Intestinal

abdominal pain, laxative, emetic

Properties

digestive, febrifuge, vermifuge

Description

The plant is low and shrubby, throwing up a number of erect stems on which the little greenish-yellow, oblong flower-heads are borne. Each head is about 1/8 inch long and 1/16 inch in diameter, and contains three to five minute, tubular flowers. 

Properties & Uses

Cina is one of the safest and most reliable vermifuges, used especially on children. Because of its bitter flavour, it is usually mixed with liquorice or some other pleasantly flavoured herb. The unexpanded floral heads and the seed contain the vermicide 'santonin'. This is an effective and rapid treatment for round worms, it is also effective for thread worms, though it does not affect tapeworms. The plant is also used as a febrifuge and as an aid to the digestion. Caution is advised in the use of this plant since it is poisonous in large doses. This plant should not be used by pregnant women. The dried flowers are used to make a homeopathic remedy. This is particularly useful for complaints of the nervous system and the digestive tract. A homeopathic remedy made from the plant is used to rid children of worms

Cautions

Poisonous. Skin contact with some members of this genus can cause dermatitis or other allergic reactions in some people

Distribution

E. Asia - Russia, Turkestan

Constituents

Santonin, artemisinin, Zineol, Essential oil, betaine, Carvacrol, Choline, tannic acid, lecithin, terpinene

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