Artemisinin: Herbal Treatment That Really Works For Malaria

Artemisinin has startling effects on malaria patients; in its first clinical trial, all 18 patients given the herb felt better within hours and recovered within days.

Chinese herbalists have used the leaves of the Artemisia annua, or sweet wormwood shrub, to treat malaria for more than 1,500 years. In the 1960s, artemisinin was identified as the active anti-malarial ingredient.

Today artemisinin is regarded as the best drug against malaria, a deadly disease that kills someone every 30 seconds, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria infects 300 million to 500 million people each year, killing more than a million, and there is no vaccine against it.

However, small supplies of artemisinin have led to fake substitute drugs, some of which have caused deaths. Fakes containing no artemisinin have been seized in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Some 97 percent of the fakes are simply chalk.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:


Malaria, which dates back to 450 A.D., may have killed half of all the people who ever lived. And while malaria is not a major problem in the <!--?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /--><st1:country-region><st1:place>United States</st1:place></st1:country-region>, it certainly is in <st1:place>Africa</st1:place>. In fact, some 3,000 African children die of malaria EACH DAY.

Hard to believe it took so long for conventional medicine to accept the herbal drug artemisinin as an effective treatment for malaria -- although it's been used in <st1:country-region><st1:place>China</st1:place></st1:country-region> for a millennium and a half, it's been considered "acceptable" by modern medicine for only 40 years.

If you are interested in using this for malaria I found a link that discusses the doses or you can search around on Google for other resources.

But now it's in short supply, and producing drugs with smaller dosages won't work -- a drug containing only half of the active ingredient won't cure malaria and, in fact, will create drug resistance. Two well-known malaria drugs -- chloroquine and pyrimethamine -- are already useless because of drug resistance.

But the LAST thing you would want to do is take conventional drugs like Lariam (a dangerous traditional drug for malaria) that are fraught with dangerous side effects. It has been known for over a decade that this drug can cause psychiatric problems.

Some natural options, in addition to artemisinin, that could save millions from malaria's deadly grip without drugs:

Mary, a Vital Votes registered nurse from <st1:place><st1:city>Cabool</st1:city>, <st1:state>Missouri</st1:state></st1:place>, notes another problem with the modern use of artemisinin:

" ? 'medical science' has just found a way to profit from it in the past 40 years.  Unfortunately you can not really make a profit on herbs unless you process the life out of them or you genetically modify them so they can be patented, but no longer are good for their original purpose."

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