The dried leaf or extract of the Artemisia annua plant or its natural derivative artemisinin are available as supplements with anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.
Artemisia annua and artemisinin at a glance
The Artemisia annua plant contains artemisinins, chemical compounds with mostly preclinical evidencetesting a drug, a procedure, or another medical treatment in isolated cells or in animals; preclinical evidence is considered only an initial indication of possible effects in people of action against cancer, inflammation, oxidative stress, and microbial infections. This supplement is available as dried leaf or extract of the Artemisia annua plant or as the natural derivative artemisinin.
A number of European complementaryin cancer care, complementary care involves the use of therapies intended to enhance or add to standard conventional treatments; examples include supplements, mind-body approaches such as yoga or psychosocialtherapy, and acupuncture and alternativein cancer care, alternative practices or therapies such as diets or acupuncture are used instead of conventional treatments such as chemotherapy, surgery, or radiotherapy; if a therapy is used with conventional treatments, it is considered complementary and not alternative medicine cancer clinics use this natural product. It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine. Case studiesa descriptive and exploratory analysis of a person, group, or event regarding changes observed over time; because changes due to treatment are not compared to similar changes over time without treatment, a case study is considered a weak study design and preclinical studies have shown some anticancer effects. Extracts also show benefits for pain and other symptoms of arthritis, which may possibly translate to cancer care.
Compare Artemisia annua and artemisinin to artesunate and other drugs derived from the Artemisia annua plant.
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