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Artemisia capillaris - Thunb.

Common Name Yin Chen Hao
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards 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].
Habitats Grassy thickets[147], and along rivers and seashores, C. and S. Japan[58]. Humid slopes, hills, terraces, roadsides and river banks at elevations of 100 - 2700 metres in China[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea, Manchuria.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Artemisia capillaris Yin Chen Hao


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Artemisia capillaris is a deciduous Shrub growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from August to October, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves and stems - soaked and boiled[177].

Medicinal Uses



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Antibacterial;  Anticholesterolemic;  Antiviral;  Cholagogue;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge;  Hepatic;  Vasodilator.


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].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

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].

Propagation

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.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Artemesia capillaris in the management of fatty liver [nash]   Jul 22 2014 12:00AM

Artemesia capillaris in the management of fatty liver [nash]
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