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Sweet Wormwood

Medically reviewed by Last updated on April 29, 2021.

What are other common names?

  • Artemisia annua
  • Absinth
  • Absinthe
  • Absinthe Sauvage
  • Absinthe Suisse
  • Absinthii Herba
  • Absinthites
  • Absinthium
  • Ajenjo
  • Alvine
  • Annual Mugwort
  • Annual Wormwood
  • Armoise
  • Armoise Amère
  • Armoise Commune
  • Armoise Vulgaire
  • Artemether
  • Artemisae
  • Artemisia
  • Artemisia absinthium
  • Artemisinin
  • Artemotil
  • Artesian
  • Artesunate
  • Chinese Wormwood
  • Ching-Hao
  • Common Wormwood
  • Grande Absinthe
  • Green Ginger
  • Herba
  • Herbe aux Vers
  • Herbe d'Absinthe
  • Herbe Sainte
  • Huang Hua Guo
  • Indhana
  • Lapsent
  • Menu Alvine
  • Mugwort
  • Qing Hao
  • Qinghaosu
  • Quinghao
  • Sweet Annie
  • Sweet Sagewort
  • Vilayati Afsanteen
  • Wermut
  • Wermutkraut
  • Western Wormwood
  • Wormweed
  • Wurmkraut

What is this product used for?

Sweet wormwood is used by some people to help with malaria or other infections. Some people use it to help stomach problems and to increase sexual desire. Others believe it may help with cancer.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Take extra care if you are allergic to pollens or plants like ragweed, daisy, aster, marigolds, or chrysanthemums.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Heart problems

    • Liver problems

    • Kidney problems

    • Seizures

    • Diabetes

  • Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Slowed heart rate

  • Itching

  • Rash

  • Low blood sugar

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away or call for emergency help.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include hunger, dizziness, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad stomach pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Seizures

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