Ai Ye (Mugwort)

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This episode of Sperb’s Herbs looks at a very special herb: ai ye or mugwort. On the surface, this herb does not appear to be super useful or used in a lot of formulas. However, it is beyond a doubt the most important herb for acupuncture. This is because it is the primary herb used in moxibustion. We will explore the properties of ai ye and the importance and use of moxa in this super interesting episode.

Every other week an exciting new episode of the Sperb’s Herbs podcast is recorded. Each episode covers another Chinese herb and will go into great depth about it. Besides covering the basics of Chinese herbology including category, and functions, we will explore the history, quality, science, pharmacology, evidence, and any potential interactions of each herb. And then there is always something a little quirky about an episode. Whether that is a unique story or an interesting perspective, there will always be something different to learn about episode’s herb.

Course Goals

A listener will be able to:

  1. Comprehend basic Chinese and bio- medical information about Ai Ye (Mugwort)
  2. Converse about the current scientific evidence about the uses, dangers, and effectiveness of Ai Ye (Mugwort)
  3. Understand the history of Ai Ye (Mugwort), especially in the context of the Chinese classics
  4. Understand and prevent any potential drug-herb interactions