Following the news of Cheryl Cole’s fight against Malaria, I have taken this opportunity to inform people of a natural product, which ‘cuts Malaria mortality rates by a third’. The traditional Chinese medicine Artemisia annua is used around the world to fight Malaria, showing once again that natural medicine can provide the answer to treating almost any medical issue.
Traditionally a tea made from dried Artemisia leaves, Artemisia annua was used by Chinese herbalists in ancient times to treat fever, and was rediscovered in 1970 when the Chinese Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergency Treatments (340 AD) was found.
Now widely used in Asia and Africa to fight Malaria, artemisinin reacts with the high iron concentrations found in the malaria parasite. When artemisinin comes into contact with iron, a chemical reaction ensues, spawning charged atoms that chemists call free radicals. The free radicals attack cell membranes, breaking them apart and killing the single-cell parasite.
A low immune system causes the body to be compromised, which lowers the body’s defences making infections like Malaria more likely. There are various external influences that can cause our bodies to break down including emotional stress, inadequate sleep or athletic overtraining, common viral or bacterial infections, and dietary habits. Treating Malaria has been a persistent problem worldwide, and although it is not normally available, I am now in a position to prescribe this treatment at my clinic in Harley Street.
In the largest clinical trial ever, funded by the Wellcome Trust (which is one of the most prestigious and influential of the conventional Orthodox Medical Establishments), compared the effectiveness of two plant-derived drugs; Quinine, which is currently the drug of choice for severe malaria in most malaria-affected regions, against artemisinin. The results were compelling – artemisinin reduced mortality by a third and was safer and easier to administer. This has brought calls for an immediate change to the medication patients are given.