Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a bitter herb found in Asia, North Africa, and North America. The plant has been used therapeutically since ancient times.
In traditional Asian and European medicine, wormwood is used for a variety purposes, including dyspepsia, worm or parasite infestation and anorexia. Wormwood contains compounds known to stimulate digestion by supporting gallbladder function and gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion.
Wormwood is often found in anti-parasitic formulations with herbs such as cloves, black walnut and sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua) Wormwood supplements are available as wormwood capsules, wormwood tablets and as wormwood liquid extract.
Wormwood is not suitable in pregnancy or lactation. It contains thujone and in high doses, thujone may cause neurotoxicity.