Native to Asia and eastern Europe, Artemisia annua is a fluffy annual plant found throughout temperate and subtropical zones.
It grows easily in well-drained neutral or slightly alkaline clay soil, preferring a location in the sun.
Lives long and is more aromatic if grown in poor, dry soil.
Artemisinin, its main active component, was isolated by Chinese researchers in 1972. It is an effective remedy for malaria and some forms of cancer.
Its traditional use, recommends it in case of intestinal parasites.
1 g = one level teaspoon = 4 capsules of 250 mg To cure malaria in semi-immune people and medically diagnosed bilharzia (schistosomiasis)
Consume 3 g of powder per day (1 g morning, noon and evening) for 7 days, even if the symptoms disappear before the end of the treatment.
For children under 5 years old (- 15 kg), reduce the intake by half: 1.5 g/day for 7 days.
To prevent malaria in semi-immune people
Consume 1 g of powder every other day (adults and children).
Shelf life: the powder has a short duration of action because it can be kept for a maximum of 6 months.
Herbal tea and powder are suitable for babies, children and pregnant women. Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Avoid heavy intake of paracetamol, aspirin and iron during treatment with Artemisia.
Antioxidants are antagonistic to the active molecules of Artemisia.
As a curative treatment, avoid taking vitamin C tablets at the same time.
To lessen the bitterness of the herbal tea, a few drops of lemon juice can be added to the boiling herbal tea. The vitamin C contained in lemon juice is destroyed above 60°C.
For this same reason, raw ingestion of fresh Artemisia which contains vitamin C (food consumption as a salad rather than herbal tea or dried Artemisia powder) is not recommended.
It would have an immune stimulating effect on several infections, demonstrated by an in vitro study, but not by clinical studies on humans, to validate this effect.
Other in vitro studies have demonstrated an anticancer action of artemisinin combined with iron on breast and lung cancers.
Its traditional use in China or Madagascar is used to fight against certain skin pathologies and against intestinal parasites.
Phase III clinical trials have demonstrated abilities to treat dismatosis and schistosomiasis.
It is also used to treat hemorrhoids, and lower fever, without having been the subject of in-depth studies.
According to the empirical uses, the leaves of Artemisia used in poultice, would relieve the headaches and would make drop the fever.