Mugwort, Artemisia douglasiana, is a traditional medicine of the Chumash people. Dr. James Adams will explain why it is a valuable resource, used as a mild tea to treat premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea, and menopausal symptoms. This aromatic herb is also used as a mild treatment for children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many other uses of the plant will be discussed including addiction, dreaming, and poison oak rash.
Dr. James Adams, PhD, is an associate professor at the USC School of Pharmacy. He was trained for 14 years by a Chumash healer and co-authored the book Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use.