Yin Chen Hao (Artemisia capillaris)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Yin Chen Hao
Artemisia capillaris
Compositae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Yin Chen Hao has been used in Chinese herbal medicine for over 2,000 years. It is considered to be a bitter and cooling herb, clearing “damp heat” from the liver and gall ducts and relieving fevers[254]. It is an effective remedy for liver problems, being specifically helpful in treating hepatitis with jaundice[254]. Modern research has confirmed that the plant has a tonic and strengthening effect upon the liver, gallbladder and digestive system[254].

    The leaves and young shoots are antibacterial, anticholesterolemic, antiviral, cholagogue, diuretic, febrifuge and vasodilator[147, 176, 178, 218]. An infusion is used internally in the treatment of jaundice, hepatitis, gall bladder complaints and feverish illnesses[238]. Externally it has been applied in the form of a plaster for treating headaches[254]. The plant is harvested in late spring and can be dried for later use[238]. Yin Chen Hao is contraindicated for pregnant women[254].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and stems – soaked and boiled[177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, skin contact with some members of this genus can cause dermatitis or other allergic reactions in some people[222].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse[200]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Division in spring or autumn.
An easily grown plant, succeeding in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a sunny position[1, 200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[200]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[245]. This species is probably not hardy in all parts of Britain, it tolerates temperatures down to at least -5¡c[238]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea, Manchuria.

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