Virgate Wormwood Herb

Source Yinchenhao Shoot is the young plant of Artemisia scoparia Waldst. et Kit., (Fam. Cornpositae.)

Producing Areas Shanxi, Shaanxi and Anhui, etc.

Properties Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Cold

Channels Stomach, Spleen, Liver, Gall Bladder


  • Clears away heat and dampness, promotes choleresis and relieves jaundice
    For jaundice of dampness-heat type. Also used for infectious hepatitis, cholelithiasis, cholecystitis and hemolytic jaundice.
  • Treats eczema and damp sores
    Lowers blood lipids
    For hypercholesteremia.
  • Expels wind, deprives dampness and alleviates itching
    For prurigo of dampness-heat type, urticaria, tinea favosa and tinea alba.

Usage and Dosage
6–15 g is used in decoction for oral use.
The decoction can be used externally as a washing solution.
Use with caution in the patient with blood stasis, yellowish skin due to deficiency of the blood.

Keep in a cool and dry place. Protect from dampness, sunlight and wind. Do not keep for prolonged period as its fragrance is easily lost.

Description of Quality Herb
The good one is tender, soft, greyish white in colour and strongly fragrant.