Scientific research on artemisinin as a potential cure for cancer

research artemisinin

Compound artemisinin is extracted from a plant called sweet wormwood. Many thousands of years ago, the Chinese used it to treat malaria. Today, scientists have proven that this miraculous plant is equally effective in fighting cancer. Let’s review some of the scientific research papers that have been published so far.

Cancer treatment method

All cancerous cells they have an increased concentration of iron to develop, in other words cancer cells have a much higher concentration of iron than normal cells. During the research, the scientists removed cells from the body with the maximum concentration of iron and injected them into them. artemisinin . The result was that artemisinin has the properties of inhibiting and destroying cancer cells.

( U.S. Patent 5,578,637, University of Washington, inventors Dr. H. Lai and Dr. NP Singh, November 26, 1996)

Leukemia in humans


In another study, Dr. Lai found very significant discoveries regarding leukemia cells. He discovered that cancer cells were destroyed very quickly within a few hours when exposed to holotransferrin (it binds receptors that serve to transmit iron) and dihydroartemisinin (a type of artemisinin that is soluble in water). He emphasized that the destruction of cells could be the product of a high concentration of iron in leukemia cells.

( H.Lai I NP Sing, selective cancer cells exposed to Dihydroartemisinin and holotransferrin )

55 oncological cell lines

This amazing plant has been tested for activity against 55 cancer lines. It was found to be artemisinin most active against leukemia and colon cancer , melanoma, breast cancer , prostate cancer and kidney cancer. It was also found that the effectiveness was significant in combination with other standard drugs used in the fight against cancer. As such, these results classify it as a very useful compound with low toxicity and thus has the potential to replace chemotherapy.

(Antimalarial drug is also effective against cancer Int’l Journal of Oncology, 18; 767-773,2001)

Breast cancer cells

Sweet wormwood plant and compound artemisinin they become a cytostatic in the presence of iron. To accommodate the higher iron intake, the cancer cell possesses more transferrin receptors, these are the pathways that allow iron to enter the cell. Breast cancer cells have 5 to 15 times more surface transferrin receptors than normal breast cells. In recent studies, artemisinin was injected into normal and cancerous breast cells. The results were astonishing. Artemisinin killed even those cells that were resistant to radiation. The effects on normal cells were minimal. This analysis shows that treatment with this plant can be a simple, effective and economical cure for cancer.

(NP Singh and H Lai, Selective effect of dihydroartemisinin on breast cancer cells. Life Sciences, 70: 49-56,2001)

Natural remedies that are better than chemotherapy

Various studies conducted separately in Germany and Australia have revealed the activities of twenty drugs on leukemia artemisinin, artesuante, balcalein, Baicalin, barberine, bufalin, cantharidin, cephalotacine, curcumin, daidzein, daidzin, diallyl, disulfide, Ginsenosidine, Rh2 , Homoharringtonine, nardosinone, nardofuran, Puerarin, quercetin, tannic acid and tetrahydronardosinone. The results showed that artesunat increased daunorabicin I accumulation in E1000 cells.

Artesunat and bufalin have the ability to fight leukemia, used alone or together with daunonrubicin in multi-resistant cells. These two drugs are suitable for the treatment of leukemia and as such have the future of such use in medicine.

(Efferth et al, Blood Cells, Molecules, and Diseases 28 (2) Mar / April; 160-168, 2002)

4 lines of cancer cells

Isolated triterpenes and sesculiterpenes from Artemisia stolonifera, both have been shown to destroy lung cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma of the skin and colon.

(Kwon, Phytochemical constituents of Artemisia stolonifera, Arch.Pharm, Research 24 (4): 312-315,2001)

Leukemia and lung cancer

Researchers have discovered a new type of compound that can destroy cancer cells after modification artemisinin . This new derivative contains cyano and aryl groups and this compound has been very effective in destroying lung cancer and leukemia.

(Li, Ying, et al, Novel antitumor artemisinin derivatives targeting G1 phase of the cell cycle, Bioorganic and Medicinal chemistry letters 11: 5-8, 2001)

I hope you have found some interesting information from this scientific research on artemisinin, its derivatives and its effect on some of the cancerous diseases.

You can also read Artemisinin derivative of sweet wormwood and its growing importance in medicine