Fits and seizures, including petit mal in children
Nervous disorders, triggered by bad news, grief, or a blow to the head
Origin : Found in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
Background : Mugwort was traditionally kept in medieval homes to ward off the devil. Chinese doctors use the herb in moxibustion, a traditional treatment.
Preparation : The fresh root is dug up at the beginning of winter, chopped, and macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : The classic symptom picture for Artemisia is of nervous disorders, possibly triggered by bad news, grief, or a blow to the head. The nervous conditions for which this remedy is used include sleepwalking, fits or seizures, chorea (involuntary rapid, jerky body movements), and epilepsy. There may be absentmindedness and stupor. Seizures may be brought on by cooling after exertion, or by flickering lights. Children who benefit from Artemisia may tend to experience petit mal fits or absences rather than full seizures, possibly during teething. They may have been born to mothers who felt great grief during their pregnancy.
Symptoms Better : At night; for rubbing the eyes; for deep breathing.
Symptoms Worse : For fright; for grief; for head injury; for menstrual problems; for prolonged dancing.