Artemisia Vulgaris L., commonly known as mugwort, has a rich history of medicinal use, particularly in treating gynecological and gastrointestinal ailments. Recent research has shed light on the various potential health benefits of mugwort, such as its antioxidant, hepatoprotective, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
This plant has been valued for both medicinal and culinary purposes in Europe and Asia, and it is even listed as a potential homeopathic raw material. Given the significant variation in its chemical composition, mugwort is now being extensively studied for its biotechnological potential and the isolation of active compounds for use in herbal medicine and cosmetics. Furthermore, mugwort is also being explored for its potential in the treatment of COVID-19.
In addition to mugwort, another species called Artemisia scoparia, or virgate wormwood, is under analysis for its potential in combating obesity and diabetes. Despite the considerable success achieved in the development of synthetic drugs, researchers emphasize the importance of investigating complex botanical extracts like mugwort and virgate wormwood. By delving deeper into the intricate properties of these plants, we can unlock their full therapeutic potential and contribute to the advancement of medicine beyond synthetic compounds alone.