Herbs & Plants

Artemisia franserioides

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Botanical Name: Artemisia franserioides
Family: Asteraceae – Aster family
Genus: Artemisia L. – sagebrush
Species: Artemisia franserioides Greene – ragweed sagebrush
KingdomPlantae – Plants
Subkingdom : Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales

Common Name :Ragweed Sagebrush,   Bursage mugwort, Mountain mugwort

Habitat :
Artemisia franserioides is native to the southwestern United States (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma) as well as northern Mexico (Chihuahua)

Artemisia franserioides is a biennial or perennial herb,  growing up to 100 cm (40 inches) tall. It is faintly aromatic, with many small, hanging flower heads. It grows in conifer forests.. It is a non-woody plant and not a grass, and belongs to the genus Artemisia.It’s stems are erect and reddish brown in color. The leaves are basal in form of rosettes and bicolor (that is white and green). The blades are ovate and pinnately lobed about 2-6 mm in width. The flower heads are in painuliform arrays and florets are pistillate about 1-1.5mm with yellow corollas. The flowers bloom from late summer to early fall.


Cultivation: The plant has average water needs and medium maintenance. It requires dry to medium moisture and well drained soils and poor to moderately fertile soil to grow in its best. Plant will rot at its root in wet soils. The flowers are bisexual in nature. The leaves and young shoots are antibacterial, anticholesterolemic, antiviral, cholagogue, diuretic, febrifuge and vasodilator and in the treatment of jaundice, hepatitis, gall bladder complaints and feverish illnesses and headaches.
The word “Artemisia” comes from the Greek god, Artemis. This plant needs full sun to partial shade and well drained soil.

Medicinal Uses:
As a cold and flu medicine it is drunk cold to settle the stomach, and hot to bring on and to reduce fever.  It also is brewed as a bitter tonic for stomach pains and acidosis from greasy and rancid foods. Also used for diarrhea.

The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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Horse Riding Eases Back Pain, Boosts Confidence

Riding on horseback not only eases back pain, but also boosts the rider’s confidence and emotional well being, according to a new study.

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The findings contribute to the growing body of evidence that horseback riding and related equine assistance therapy programs for disabled and injured individuals benefit human participants.

Lead author Margareta Hakanson said that the main reason seems to be “that the movements transferred from the horse’s body to the rider are very like the body movements made by a person walking.”

“There are no excessive movements, but a continuous bilateral influence on postural balance that is enhancing balance reactions and the fine movements in the rider’s trunk,” said Hakanson, a researcher in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Goteborg University in Sweden.

For the study, Hakanson and her colleagues analyzed how horseback riding, along with other equine-related therapies, affected 24 patients suffering from back pain and other health problems. Post treatment, riders were evaluated on both their physical and mental well-being. All participants experienced benefits in both areas.

“For those suffering from back pain, a horse at walk provides relaxing movements. Apart from the movement influence, the psychological effects of managing, communicating with and steering a large animal promote self confidence,” Hakanson said. The study is published in the latest issue of the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

Sources: The Times Of India

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