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Artemisia - Indhana

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Indhana, Artemisia

Indhana is a large, diverse genus of plants with between 200 and 400 species. It belongs to daisy family Asteraceae. Artemisia species grows in temperate climates of both hemispheres, usually in dry or semiarid habitats.


Malaria, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Salmonella, SIBO, Bloated stomach, Porphyria, Diarrhea, Sore throats

Parts Used

Leaves, Flowers.

Chemical Composition

Flavonoids, Quercitin 3-glucoside, Quercitin 3-rhamnoglucoside, Spinacetin 3-glucoside, spinacetin 3-rhamnoglucoside, and others[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Urigattige, Uruvalu
Hindi Vilayati Afsantin
Malayalam Nilampala, Shulabandha
Tamil Macipattiri, Macippaccai
Telugu Moshipatri, Tartiha
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Damar, Indhana
English Wormwood, Bsinthium


Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)


Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry), Tikshna (Sharp)


Ushna (Hot)


Katu (Pungent)


Tridosha shamaka



Perennial shrub



Kind Shape Feature
Simple Spirally Greenish-grey above and white below, covered with silky silvery-white trichomes and bearing minute oil-producing glands



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long Pale yellow 5 Tubular, and clustered in spherical bent-down heads, which are in turn clustered in leafy and branched panicles


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Achene Seed dispersal is by gravity It grows naturally on uncultivated, arid ground, on rocky slopes, and at the edge of footpaths and fields With hooked hairs Many {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

The genus Artemisia includes a large number of species and some have been cultivated as commercial crops with a wide diversity of uses[3]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Temperate Area, Northern Africa, Western Asia.

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