Artemisia afra (African Wormwood)

Artemisia afra (African Wormwood)

Artemisia afra (African Wormwood)
is one of the most popular and commonly used herbal medicines in southern Africa.
In the Xhosa language it is known as “Umhlonyane”, the Zulu language “Mhlonyane”, in Sotho “Lanyana”, Tswana “Lengana”, English “African wormwood” and in Afrikaans “Wilde als”.
It is usually employed for treating a variety of ailments such as coughs, colds, headaches, chills, dyspepsia, loss of appetite, gastric derangements, colic, croup, whooping-cough, gout, asthma, malaria, diabetes, bladder and kidney disorders, influenza, convulsions, fever, heart inflammation, rheumatism and is also used as a purgative (Watt and Breyer-Brandwijk, 1932, Thring and Weitz, 2006).
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