Artemisia Annua, the Herb of the Year for 2014, also called wormwood, has been used for centuries in China. It was a lost herbal therapy until rediscovered in ancient manuscripts in 1970’s. It has and still is used for treatment of malaria and other parasites.
In Vietnam, the Hoang family of physicians has been using Artemisia for cancer treatment for years. Over a 10 year period, they treated 400 patients with artemisinin, one of three compounds from this herb, along with a comprehensive nutritional anti-cancer program. Results have showed 60% long term remission rates. The Hoang family does recommend a two year therapy program with an active cancer.
Cancer cells need more iron than normal cells to replicate and grow. Studies have found that Artemisia extract combined with iron makes cancer cells more susceptible to cytotoxic effects; it is 100 times more selective in killing cancer cells as opposed to any of your normal cells.
There are 3 forms of Artemisia but the best results are from artemisinin extract especially for general public use. There have been no reports of any serious side effects. Dr. Robert Rowen who uses this therapy here in the USA does recommend caution in product sources and checking correct potency. Another caution is to not take Artemisinin during radiation therapy. If your iron is low, then supplement with extra iron during therapy.
In some cases Tumors may increase or not change in size till further into therapy or even after therapy is over, so do not be discouraged.
Artemisinin dosages are from 200-1,000mg per day with active cancer. They recommend taking the artemisinin on an empty stomach before eating. It is recommended to take with cod liver oil, fish oil or dairy such as cottage cheese or yogurt to enhance absorption of Artemisia compound.
Many others believe concurrent therapy of pancreatic enzymes, coQ10 and green tea can give even better results.
Artemisia is a cousin to oxygen therapy, so including any oxygen products along with heat (which cancer cells cannot tolerant) will help give this program higher cancer cell death. These therapies would include saunas, infra-red heat, steam and herbs high in oxygen like germanium and of course Artemisia.
Dr. Robert Rowen, MD, Second Opinion Newsletter
Dr. Michael Lam MD, Specialist in Preventive and Anti-aging Medicine
Allergy Research Group