Today we’re highlighting another folk remedy that’s taking the spotlight as a possible anti-cancer remedy. The Chinese have used artemisinin, or wormwood extract, for thousands of years, and it enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1970s as an effective cure for drug-resistant falciparum malaria. But it’s not just a potential cancer cure. Whip up an herbal tincture of artemisinin if you’re suffering from gastrointestinal upset, insomnia, parasites, irregular menstruation, and much more!
A Natural Cancer Cure
University of Washington bioengineering professors Dr. Henry Lai and Dr. Narenda Singh are credited with bringing artemisinin as a natural cancer cure to the forefront. They discovered that artemisinin dramatically killed breast cancer cells and leukemia cells without damaging healthy breast cells or white blood cells. They concluded that artemisinin “might provide a safe, non-toxic, and inexpensive alternative for cancer patients.”
A study conducted by Dr. Robert Jay R. Rowen and published in the International Journal of Oncology showed that artemisinin instigated anti-cancer activity in several different types of laboratory-cultured cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapy.
Dr. Hoang of Hanoi, Vietnam reported that 50-60% of his 400 cancer patients went into long-term remission after receiving treatment with artemisinin and a comprehensive integrative cancer protocol. In fact, he reports that no type of cancer has been unresponsive to artemisinin derivatives.
Another study conducted by University of California researchers and published in Life Science revealed that artemisinin derivatives killed 28% of lung cancer cells within 16 hours, and when combined with iron supplements killed 98% of lung cancer cells!
How Artemisinin Works
In order to replicate and divide, cells need iron. Cancer cells are cells that divide uncontrollably, and therefore have much higher concentrations of iron than healthy cells do. Here’s where artemisinin comes into play. Artemisinin is made up of two oxygen atoms that break down in the presence of iron and form highly reactive free radicals that kill malaria parasites and cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed.
Artemisinin acts as a sedative, calming the nerves and helping to induce sleep. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory known to reduce swelling and pain and help treat gastrointestinal disorders and autoimmune diseases. You can use artemisinin for:
- Irregular menstruation
- Stomach conditions
- Gallbladder distress
- Loss of appetite
- Intestinal worms
For digestive and other minor ailments, supplement with a 100-200 milligram wormwood extract. If using artemisinin as an anti-cancer agent, then supplement with 600 mgs of 100% artemisinin twice daily, along with iron supplements. Always consult your physician before adding nutritional products, even natural ones, to your supplement program.