From Chris J. van Boxtel, MD, PhDEmeritus Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands:Artemisia, Qinghaosu and WormwoodThese compounds are derived from the herb Artemisia annua, inChina known as ‘qinghao’ (Chinese for “from green herb”), whichis a member of the ‘Asteraceae’ family. Qinqhao, notwithstandinga bitter taste also known as ‘sweet Annie’ or ‘sweet wormwood’,is a fragrant annual herb, which now grows wild in a number ofcountries, including Australia, Argentina, Bulgaria, France,Hungary, Italy, Spain and the United States. It is native to Asiaand has been used as antiparasitic therapy for malaria inTraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for more than 1,000 years.The earliest reference to the medicinal use of artemisia annua in‘The Fifty Two Prescriptions’ which was uncovered in ancientChinese burial tombs during an archaeological dig in the 1970s,dates back more than 2,000 years. There are more than 300species that comprise the genus Artemisia, many of which aresources of herbal medicines, spices or essential oils.Chinese chemists isolated the primary active ingredient inartemisia annua from the leafy portion of the plant in 1972 andcalled the crystalline compound, ‘qinghaosu’ - or ‘artemisinin’ inthe West. http://www.who-umc.org/graphics/4467.pdf‘The Fifty Two Prescriptions’ and TCM predate Berkeley.Iggie, you should know me well enough by now to know that my approach to wellness and therapy is INTEGRATIVE.SheilaThe person that publicized artemicinin in the US is Dr. Robert Jay Rowen, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University and graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine is internationally known for his work in the field of complementary/alternative/integrative medicine. He uses artemicinin in his practice and works closely with Vietnamese doctors who use it extensively.Forget about scientific human trials, It ain't gonna happen. It's a natural herb and the Chinese have already isolated the active chemical ingredient.Jane, my ex lives in the equivalent of Mayberry, USA. They've got a Barney Fife but not even one doctor. She lives in Tennessee where naturopathy is outlawed. Her cancer doc told her up front that she had a very aggressive cancer but that chemo often worked better on aggressive cancers. Our fear is that the cancer will return with a vengeance, but with a resistance to chemo drugs. I feel that we must stay on top and fight the cancer demon before it gets the upper hand. My cousin scoffed at alternative methods and he's now in hospice.I'm advising Jane to take artemicinin, alternating one month on and one month off. I'm confident that it's much safer than pharmaceutical drugs. She lives a couple of hundred miles from me. I'm doing the best I can with my limited knowledge.Iggie
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