Artemisia annua, also known as natural mugwort, is an annual plant in the Asteraceae family. It comes from China, but is now cultivated in Africa and Madagascar. It looks like a fern and can grow up to 3 meters tall. If in the West it is used as an ornamental plant, in the East, it has been recognized for its antiviral and curative properties for many years.
Artemisa annua is a true gift of nature. Endowed with very intense curative powers, it has already been proven in cultures other than ours. This is what she is capable of.
Artemisia annua, the plant used for millennia
China discovered artemisa annua 2,000 years ago. Its leaves contain very interesting active ingredients. Its inflorescences and stem are also healing, but less so than the leaves. Very quickly, the Chinese used it in herbal teas. They soak the leaves in hot water overnight and drink the precious brew the next morning.
During the Vietnam War, Americans were treated with chloroquine to avoid catching malaria. The Vietnamese, unprotected, feared the disease more than the American GIs. They then appealed to China to help them fight the disease.
This is how the Chinese passed on the secrets of artemisia tea to them and the plant was discovered by Westerners. A 7-day treatment would have been enough to prevent and / or treat the Asian soldiers against malaria. Currently, in some African countries, this same remedy is still administered successfully. It is also mainly in Africa, Asia and Madagascar that this plant is still cultivated for its medicinal benefits.
It is also rich in trace elements, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, sulfur, iodine and phosphorus.
On which pathologies is artemisia annua effective ?
After demonstrating its effectiveness on malaria, for 30 years the plant has also been used against malaria and has been shown to be of interest in certain patients with leukemia or Bilharzia. This disease caused by an intestinal worm is very present in tropical or subtropical areas and causes great fatigue, diarrhea, cough and sometimes even damage to the central nervous system.
It strengthens the immune system
Artemisia also affects sunstroke, headaches and fever by causing it to fall off quickly. Its active ingredients help stimulate the immunity of the human body. Even if it does not cure Covid-19, it can help the body grow stronger and be more resistant to seasonal illnesses and allergies (bronchitis, colds, rhinitis and sore throats).
Is artemisia effective against cancer ?
Two Washington University professors, Professors Henry Lai and Narendra Singh conducted a study on artemisia and cancer. The results were surprising. This plant would be able to target certain cancer cells and act directly on them, without affecting healthy cells like the more invasive treatments we use. It is most effective in breast cancer.
A true gift of nature
Artemisia annua can also treat or relieve various other pathologies, such as intestinal and digestive disorders (diarrhea, colic, gas, intestinal worms, etc.).
Athletes appreciate it for its benefits on intense contractures and muscle stiffness, especially on the lower limbs.
It relieves epileptic seizures and painful periods or urinary tract infections in women. It can also relieve pain associated with phlebitis and varicose veins.
This plant is used as part of treatments for anorexia. It helps to open the appetite and therefore help weight gain in a natural way.
In Asia, sleep disorders are also treated with artemisia annua, as are edema, high
blood pressure and water retention problems.