Basic Information




Species                      : Artemesia indica Wild.

Local Name               : Titeypati (Nep)

Synonym                   : Artemesia vulgaris Non.L, Roxb.

Family                        : Asteraceae

Habitat                       : A Tall aromatic herb or under shrub often forming thickets. Common in roadsides,

                                                                                                hedges, wastelands in mountainousdistricts of India.

Distribution                : Distributed to tropical & temper-ate region at elevation of 1700 m to 4000 m.

Sikkim                         : Tadong, Punney, Phodong, Samdong, Lachen, Dikchu, Namchi, Jorethang, Mangan,Chungthang, Rangpo- Melli, Tholung,

                                     Hee- Gyathang, Tongtsa, Nathang

Out side                      : West Bengal (Todeymbong, Gorubathan to Kalimpong, Kurseong, Mungpo, Lebong, Darjeeling to Rimbick), Bhutan

                                    (Upper Mochu), Mount Abu in Rajasthan, in the Western ghats and from Konkan southwards to Kerela and Khasi Hills.

General                       : India, Himalaya, Myanmar, Thailand, South- China, Japan.

Morphological information

Perennial herb, c 0.5-1.5 m; stems erect, grayish, puberculous to sparsely tomentose. Lower inflorescence leaves bipinnatisect, 7- 16 x 5- 9 cm, puberculous or glabrescent above, appressed puberculous to tomentose beneath; primary segments 2- 3 pairs, ovate- elliptic to lanceolate in outline, to 5 x 2 cm, acuminate, with lowest occasionally stipuliform; secondary segments shallower, serrate- dentate with few deep, ovate, acuminate teeth. Capitula in broad or narrow panicles. Involucre campanulate, 1.2- 2.5 mm diameter; phyllaries ovate to obovate, 1.8- 3.2 mm, sub glabrous; outermost smaller, sparsely araneous. Female flowers c 3- 8; corollas 0.7-1.3 mm. Bisexual flowers c 6-12; corollas 1.7- 2.2 mm. Achenes +  oblong, c 1.2 mm.

Flowering          : September-December

Fruiting             : October-February

History             :

Parts                : Whole plant, juice, leaf and flowers.

Status              : Low risk

Status              : Vulnerable.



It is an important plant used in multifold occasions. Medicinally used in headache, asthma, stomachic and is an anthelmintic etc. taken bath with bruised leaves for healthy skin. Smoke from burnt leaves repels mosquito and insects. It stops nose bleeding, cures measles amongst infants, also used as antiseptics.

Whole plant: Antilithic, antiseptic, anthelmintic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, stomachic; helps parturition in measles, skin disease and ulcers; leaves: haemostatic and allays burning sensation in conjunctivitis; infusion in nervous and spasmodic affections of asthma.

Root: Antiseptic and tonic.


 The juice extract of leaves is dropped into nose to check excess nose bleeding(T.N. Srivastava, Kapati et. al). The strong decoction of the plants is given to children with measles for a week (Kapati, Srivastava & Progress Report, 1999).



1. Chatterjee, Asima & Satyesh Chandra Pakrashi (1997). The Treatise on Indian Medicinal Plants (Vol. 5). National Institute of Science Communication, New Delhi. 142-143.

2. Progress Report of the Project "Studies on Medicinal Plants of Sikkim" (1998- 2001). State Council of Science and Technology for Sikkim.