“Compendium of Materia Medica” recorded: Wormwood’s leaf is used as medicine, it is warm in nature, bitter in taste, non-toxic, pure yang nature, opens the 12 regular meridians and has the effects of regaining yang, regulating qi and blood, dispelling dampness and cold, stopping bleeding and preventing miscarriage. It is also commonly used in acupuncture. Therefore, it is also called “medical herb”, and most of the popular “herb baths” in Taiwan uses wormwood. Regarding the performance of wormwood, “Materia Medica” recorded: “Wormwood can moxibust all diseases.”
In the folks, in order to treat diseases and remove filth, there is a custom of eating wormwood glutinous rice cake on 3 March, hanging wormwood on 5 May, and taking wormwood medicinal bath. There is even a saying that “if the family has a 3 years old wormwood, there is no need of a doctor.”
All kinds of magical effects of wormwood are not groundless, but are clinically proven through thousands of years of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as the results of modern medical research.
Ancient Chinese documents recorded:
- Early medical works such as “Prescriptions of 52 Diseases” in the Spring and Autumn and the Warring States Periods, “Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies” by Ge Hong in the Eastern Jin Dynasty have records of the treatment of diseases by wormwood fumigation.
- In the “Chuang Tzu” of the Spring and Autumn Period, there is a record of “Yue people fumigate using wormwood”, and in the “Ai Fu” by Kong Fan, there is also a record of “Qi Ai Ji Bing, Mi Shen Ting Yan”. It can be seen that there was a habit of treating diseases by wormwood fumigation and preventing diseases in the folk at that time, and the habit has continued to this day.
The ancient folk believed that the smoke produced by the burning of wormwood has the effect of preventing diseases and avoiding filth (plague). Modern research has proved that smoke of wormwood has the effect of preventing diseases and preventing plague, because smoke of wormwood has inhibitory effects to the pathogenic bacteria, fungi and viruses which cause different infectious and epidemic diseases.
During the SARS epidemic, medical experts proposed to use the smoke produced by the burning of wormwood for air disinfection prevention.
The “Grand Dictionary of Chinese Traditional Medicine” describes the disinfection effect of wormwood smoke.It is believed that wormwood smoke has a significant sterilization effect on tubercle bacillus, staphylococcus aureus, colon bacillus, hay bacillus, and pseudomonas aeruginosa. Its effect is better than ultraviolet rays.
Mei Quanxi, a professor in the Department of Pharmacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Bao’an, Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, found that wormwood smoke can form a molecular film of air medicine indoors, and the hanging wormwood also has disinfecting effect. The volatile substances contained in the wormwood can also form a natural disinfecting air curtain in the air around the human body. The bacteria and viruses that invade the human body through the respiratory system are most likely to accumulate in the sinus cavity and throat. The natural bactericidal and antiviral components of wormwood can form a “medical film” in the sinus cavity, throat and trachea to accumulate a large amount of antibodies to achieve the effect of sterilization, antivirus, and preventing infection.
Modern studies have shown that wormwood smoke has the effect of air disinfection. Doctors Wu Aixu, Li Yanping, etc. of the Second Hospital of Hebei Medical University used wormwood smoke, traditional Chinese medicine disinfectant, and ultraviolet radiation to disinfect indoors respectively. The number of bacteria per cubic meter is detected and counted, and the results show that the air disinfection effects of the three are the same.
The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, the First People’s Hospital of Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province, and many other hospitals have published clinical observation papers, confirming that the use of wormwood fumigation in wards, clinics, etc. is safe and effective. Modern research believes that wormwood smoke can inhibit or kill a variety of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms.
1) Chinese research shows that wormwood smoke has a significant inhibitory effect on common pyogenic bacteria (pseudomonas aeruginosa, colon bacillus, staphylococcus aureus, caligenes) has a significant inhibitory effect
2) It has been clinically found that in wards fumigated with wormwood, some patients with colds can self-cure withouttreatment.
3) Wormwood fumigation is a simple and easy way to prevent plague, and it has a history of thousands of years.
4) The hospital uses it for indoor air disinfection, which can reduce the spread of iatrogenic bacteria, and control cross-infection in the hospital.
Most chemical disinfectants have stronger bactericidal power, but they all have certain side effects. In neonatal wards and patient wards, the use of chemical disinfectants is subject to certain restrictions. Fumigating with wormwood has been used in paediatric wards of hospitals to disinfect indoor air for many years, and the effect is ideal. Especially for the critically ill children with pseudomonas aeruginosa infection secondary to a large area of rolled and contusion injuries, air disinfection using wormwood fumigation was used without isolating the room. There was no case of recurring pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in children in the same ward. Therefore, the reason why China has selected wormwood as its moxibustion material among thousands of traditional Chinese medicines is because of its stability and point penetration effect.
Summary of the efficacy of wormwood:
1. Anti-inflammation, sterilization to prevent diseases
Fumigate the room with wormwood can anti-inflammation and sterilize.It can kill off and get rid of all staphylococcus aereus and various pathogenic bacteria that exist in indoor air, and can reduce their harm to human bodies. Especially in the season when influenza occurred frequently, fumigating the room with wormwood can effectively prevent the occurrence of influenza.
2. Repel mosquitoes
Using wormwood to fumigate the room can also effectively get rid of indoor mosquitoes. It is an odour that mosquitoes do not like, therefore using it to fumigate the room, the mosquitoes will leave the room naturally. Especially in the summer when mosquitoes are raging, it is recommended that you can appropriately use some wormwood to fumigate the room so as to effectively prevent mosquitoes.
3. Remove odour
Many times, there will always be some peculiar smell in the room, especially in some vacant and unoccupied rooms. Fumigating the room with wormwood can effectively reduce the odour. If you are able to fumigate the room with wormwoodin time, it can effectively remove the odour in the room, and it can also leave the faint scent of wormwood in the room, and at the same time eliminate the toxins in the indoor air. We can always fumigate wormwood in the room at ordinary times, so as to achieve the effect of purifying the air, which is beneficial to our body.
Fumigating with wormwood alone can inhibit adenovirus, rhinovirus, influenza virus and parainfluenza virus. If your family member have a cold, at the same time when you seek for medical advice, you can also moxibust at Dazhui point and other points using wormwood stick to recover faster. Wormwood smoke can also inhibit the cold virus, and reduce the chance of infection to family members with weaker physiques.
A large number of pharmacological experiments have proved that the volatile oil ofwormwood has good effects on relieving asthma and cough. Among them, the effect of relieving asthma is the most significant. It is good for children to smell wormwood smoke occasionally, it can help relieve cough and asthma.
The scent of wormwood has a calming effect after being absorbed by the human body. The stress of modern people is so great that everyone will have irritable emotions. If you smell wormwood smoke, you will have a relaxing feeling throughout the body, which has the effect of relieving stress.
7. Promote blood circulation
Chinese medicine believes that if a person’s body temperature reaches about 37 degrees Celsius, many pathogenic bacteria cannot survive in the human body due to the high temperature. Therefore, Chinese medicine advocates promoting blood circulation and improving body metabolism. Wormwood has the effect of promoting blood circulation, and for those with cold hands and feet, appropriate wormwood fumigation can relieve it. Therefore, appropriate wormwood fumigation can effectively improve the body’s immune system.
There are so many benefits of wormwood fumigation, but you should know when to stop.
If you fumigate wormwood in a relatively small and unventilated space, you need to ventilate it after 1 hour to avoid excessive wormwood smoke causing throat discomfort and suffer from excessive internal heat.
When fumigating wormwood, remember to keep ventilated. As the scent of wormwood is relatively strong, if the space is too small and the odour is too strong, it will cause discomfort.
Our wormwood series does not uses only wormwood, but is made from a variety of Chinese herbal formulas. It is launched in the market after multiple preparations and improvements. All herbal medicines are in trace amounts and are suitable for human inhalation, so if you burn no more than 3 servings a day, they seem to meet the health standards and you can use them without worries.
For pregnant women under three months of pregnancy, please consult a doctor first, then use the incense according to your personal physique.