Artemisinin is in the news nowadays, because its creator received a Nobel prize. What I found interesting, that she based the creation of her drug on ancient remedies.Gaby said:- There are several herbal protocols that have been proved useful and described in the book. For instance, Artemisia, neem, liposomal artemisinin, cryptolepis. He would typically leave a patient with herbal remedies as maintenance after the person healed with antibiotics.
The 2015 Nobel prize for medicine or physiology has been awarded to scientists who developed new drugs for roundworm parasites and malaria. The treatments have improved the lives of 3.4 billion people around the world, says the Nobel committee.
Half the prize was awarded to Chinese scientist Youyou Tu, who drew on traditional Chinese medicines to discover artemisinin, one of the most important malaria drugs used today. She tested the drug on herself before starting clinical trials...
Working in the 1960s and 70s, Tu reviewed more than 2000 recipes for traditional herbal remedies to look for new malaria therapies. She discovered that sweet wormwood, Artemisia annua, was a promising candidate, but her initial attempts to purify the active ingredient failed.
After revisiting a 1700-year-old recipe, she realised that her technique might be damaging the active ingredient. She developed a new lower-temperature method, and found that the resulting drug was 100 per cent effective in mice and monkeys. In clinical trials with infected patients, it eradicated the malaria parasite within 30 hours.
Tu published her work in 1977 but remained anonymous, as was customary in China at the time. Now 84, she has waited almost four decades for recognition. Profiled by New Scientist in 2011, she played down her achievements, saying: “What I have done was what I should have done as a return for the education provided by my country.”