Monday, December 31, 2007

Wormwood As Alternative Medicine

Wormwood As Alternative Medicine

The bitter plant wormwood has been used as an alternative medicine in ancient Egypt long before 1600BC. During the Middle Ages it was used to expel tapeworms, pinworms and roundworms from the human body.

  1. It is an anti-inflammatory and an effective remedy for jaundice, fever, infections, hepatitis and gall bladder inflammation.
  2. It is a sedative and useful for mild depression.
  3. It is effective for treating liver and stomach complaints.
  4. It is a tonic for the digestive system.
  5. It is a powerful treatment for bronchial problems and chills.

Wormwood can be taken as tablets, capsules, tea or tincture. It is safe without any significant side effects when taken in small doses. Standard safe dosage is 1 ml tincture 3 times a day. Wormwood is not recommended for long term use. It can be toxic if taken in high dosages. Nursing and pregnant women must not take wormwood.

This herb can decrease the effectiveness of some prescription drugs. It is also unsafe to take wormwood and consume alcohol at the same time. Wormwood is a powerful alternative medicine but also a potentially toxic herb.

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