The etymology of the name of the herb "wormwood" is associated with the Russian verb "scorching," that is, burning. What indicates in turn and the taste of the grass is bitter. In Russia, wormwood grows everywhere. Raw materials with flowers and plant leaves are collected for raw materials.
The bitterness of wormwood made it a symbolic plant, from which the name "bitter wormwood" came. However, bitter taste has never been an obstacle to the use of wormwood for medicinal purposes. Travelers of antiquity wore sagebrush on the chest, believing that it would prevent fatigue. Wormwood was considered an excellent tool not only from fatigue, but also from fever and tuberculosis. In Ivanov's day our ancestors looked at the fire through a wreath woven from wormwood. And shrubby wormwood in Russia was considered a symbol of love - it was called "young lover", "maiden death."
Bitter wormwood has a number of medicinal properties
First of all, due to its bitterness, wormwood stimulates the digestive system - increases the secretion of bile, as well as pancreatic and gastric juices. Wormwood increases appetite, strengthens intestinal motility, has antiulcer and anti-inflammatory properties. Wormwood also affects the activation of the defenses of the whole organism.
Overall, with the use of drugs from wormwood, digestion and bile secretion are greatly improved. This effect is due to increased excitability and the response of the neuroreceptors of the stomach and intestinal mucosa to incoming food. Based on wormwood prepare extracts and infusions, designed to improve digestion and arouse appetite. Wormwood is a component of an appetizing collection.
Wormwood is also used as an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic agent for the treatment of rheumatism, bronchial asthma, eczema, the results of x-ray burns. Traditional medicine suggests the use of wormwood in the treatment of gastritis, stomach ulcers, enterocolitis, anemia, kidney and liver diseases, as well as in the treatment of insomnia, epilepsy, alcoholism, neurasthenia, heartburn, frequent fainting, etc.
Wormwood is used in the form of compresses for joint diseases, as enemas for cleansing the intestine in order to get rid of worms, as an ointment in the treatment of ulcers, wounds, burns, frostbite, fistula. Essential oil of wormwood is close in its pharmacological properties to the camphor, possesses a cardiostimulating property, excites the central nervous system. Wormwood contains terpenoid compounds that have an anti-inflammatory effect.
The therapeutic effect is enhanced by the joint use of wormwood with other medicinal herbs.