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Artemisia has been used by Chinese herbalists for more than a thousand years in the treatment of many illnesses, such as skin diseases and malaria.

Looking at the grant proposal you link to, submitted by faculty at Berkeley, they say that artemisia has been used by the Chinese since ancient times FOR FEVER, and that it is only since the 1970s that it has been used to treat malaria. I'd go with the Berkeley guys for accuracy. And they note that the anti-proliferative effect they note in certain human breast cancer cells is a newly discovered effect of this herb.

Sheila, if you had breast cancer, would you avoid an economical safe herb which showed significant cancer prevention (in rats) because BigPharma funded research hadn't given its stamp of approval?

Iggie, you should know me well enough by now to know that my approach to wellness and therapy is INTEGRATIVE. I am certainly not a big fan of big pharma, and I am a major fan of looking into herbal and nutritional alternatives. But I don't run after everything that somebody raves about. I look into it, and bring my own background to bear on evaluating both the big fan, and the evidence. In this case, I'd feel a lot better if one of the traditional uses had been for breast cancer. Then the current research would be explaining why it has always been found to be effective. Given the current extremely minimal evidence, I would consult with someone whose practice involves assessing all of the alternative cancer treatments, and then I would decide if it really does meet your statement of "safe" and is worth trying.

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