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The Surprising Efficiency of Artemisia annua Powder Capsules

Michel Onimus1*, Sophie Carteron2 and Pierre Lutgen3
1Honorary Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Franche Comté University, France
2Pharmacien, Volontaire DCC in Central African Républic, Africa
3BELHERB-IFBV, Luxembourg, Grand Duchy
Corresponding Author : Michel Onimus
Honorary Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Franche Comté University, France
E-mail: [email protected]
Received April 17, 2013; Accepted May 22, 2013; Published May 24, 2013
Citation: Onimus M, Carteron S, Lutgen P (2013) The Surprising Efficiency of Artemisia annua Powder Capsules. Med Aromat Plants 2:125. doi:10.4172/2167-0412.1000125
Copyright: © 2013 Onimus M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

The administration of powdered leaves of Artemisia annua, used as preventive treatment of malaria attack, was evaluated in 25 patients, most of them children, and all of them were operated for orthopaedic disorder. The duration of the treatment was 36 hours in 11 patients and 60 hours in 14 patients. The average parasitemia was reduced from 432 parasites/ml to 165 parasites/ml, i.e. 62% improvement, without significant difference according to the duration of the treatment. The efficacy was similar whatever the age and the weight of the patient. These results were obtained with a very low amount of powder (400 to 500 mg per day), and with very low quantity of artemisinin (0.4 to 0.5 mg per day). It is concluded that the Artemisia annua powder is apparently more effective than the tea preparation, but more costly and maybe not routinely available. The tea preparation, inexpensive and available everywhere, is still the best method for prevention and treatment of malaria on a large scale and should be preferred in the poorest countries.

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