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Could Soup Broth Replace Antimalaria Pills?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Researchers asked a class of students to submit homemade broth to test its potential effectiveness in treating the parasite that causes malaria; two of the broths were as effective as antimalarial drugs
  • Researchers were interested in the ingredient artemisinin found in the Chinese herb qinghao, which is beneficial in fighting depression, liver disease, Lyme disease and lymphoma
  • The parasite grows inside red blood cells, ruptures them and triggers fever, body aches, nausea and fatigue
  • If the parasite-infected red blood cells attach to the walls of small vessels in your brain it can trigger a severe infection; malaria-related anemia may also result and both conditions can be deadly
  • Seek medical attention if you develop symptoms, especially if you have traveled to a malaria-endemic country, since early diagnosis and treatment reduce your risk of severe illness

Despite their tiny size, mosquitoes are dangerous creatures that can act as vectors to spread deadly diseases. More than half the Earth's population live in areas where disease-carrying mosquitoes cause deaths from illnesses like malaria, dengue and yellow fever.

Insecticides have been identified as a primary defense against insects, but the potential for resistance has not gone unnoticed by the World Health Organization. The WHO reports that resistance to pyrethroids, organochlorine, carbamates and organophosphates is widespread through Africa, Southeast Asia, Western Pacific, the Americas and the Eastern Mediterranean.

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