Cina is native to a wide area ranging from the eastern Mediterranean to Siberia. Cina has been used for treatment of intestinal worms, seizures, muscular spasms, insomnia, colds, violent coughs, fever, and temper tantrums in children. Cina is named after Artemisia, the queen of Persia in the 4th century BCE who was renowned for her botanical skills, this family of plants has been valued by many medicinal traditions. Artemisia cina was identified as a remedy for intestinal worms by the ancient Greeks, and its active constituent, santonin, is still used in worm medicines.
Cina is primarily used as a children's remedy, and is given for intestinal worms as homeopathic remedy. Symptom of worms in body could be felt as pinching pain in the belly, which may be bloated. There is an urge to grind the teeth at night, and to pick the nose and scratch the rectum, which are both itchy. The appetite may be nonexistent, enormous, or changeable, with potential cravings for sweet foods. There is often intense irritability and great restlessness. Cina is also an affective homeopathic treatment for temper tantrums, extreme irritability in children, especially chubby ones with variable appetites. Tantrums may be due to being scolded or to worms. Symptoms such as teeth-grinding maybe present.
Secondary uses of Cina include coughs, insomnia, seizures, muscle spasms, and muscle twitches associated with great irritability. Those affected cannot bear to be touched, held, or even observed. Restlessness, a frantic state of mind, picking the nose, and grinding the teeth are typical symptoms.