What Is Artemisia & What Is It Used For?

Artemisia annua, more commonly known as sweet wormwood, is an herbal shrub that grows in hot, arid climates. It has been long touted as beneficial for malaria. The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was awarded to Professor Youyou Tu for her key contributions to the discovery of the key component of the plant, artemisinin. Artemisinin has saved millions of lives and represents one of the significant contributions of China to global health. Along with this, Artemisia has been long used in Chinese medicine to treat fever and inflammation.

Recently, several published case reports and pilot phase I/II trials indicate clinical anticancer activity of these compounds.

The cellular response of Artemisinin and its derivatives towards cancer cells include oxidative stress response by reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide, DNA damage and repair, various cell death modes (apoptosis, autophagy, ferroptosis, necrosis, necroptosis, oncosis), inhibition of angiogenesis and tumor-related signal transduction pathways.

Artemisia is definitely one of my favorites for cancer as well as Lyme and other infections.

Products we recommend with Artemisia:

Artemisinin Solo


Can Artemisinin help those with cancer? Well, studies of artemisinins in in-vitro experiments and animal models have demonstrated broad anti-cancer activity including pro-apoptotic, anti-proliferative, anti-angiogenesis and anti-metastatic effects (). Artesunate displays cytotoxic effects against numerous cancer cell lines including colon, breast, leukaemia, melanoma, central nervous system, ovarian, renal and prostate cancers ().

Several comprehensive reviews have examined the evidence for the anti-cancer effects of artemisinins (). Multiple potential mechanisms of action include anti-proliferative effects through cell-cycle disruption, reactive oxygen species (ROS) -induced DNA damage, induction of apoptosis, anti-angiogenesis, immunomodulation and induced radiosensitivity.

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