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Artemisinin is a derived from the Asian plant Artemisia annua, (also known as Sweet Wormwood). It has been used to treat fever, and is also an effective treatment for malaria.
Other potential uses include as a treatment for inflammation or bacterial infections or headaches, and some cancers
Artemisinins are generally well tolerated at the doses used to treat malaria.
Artemisinin is thought to inhibit certain cytokines, which are proteins secreted by your immune system that can promote inflammation.
TNF-α is thought to play a key role in the pathogenesis of Crohn’s disease / Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and biologicals acting as TNF-α inhibitors, like infliximab and adalimumab, are often used in bad cases of Crohn’s disease.
Extracts of Wormwood, (containing Artemisinin among other compounds) have shown clinical improvement of symptoms in some patients with Crohn’s disease, whereas no improvement was seen in the placebo group. The benefits seen were potentially associated with significant decrease in TNF-α serum levels in comparison with those obtained in the placebo group.
Artemisinin also potentially has antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2.
My experience taking Artemisinin has been positive, after 5 weeks of taking 200mg per day of Doctors Best Artemisinin, I noticed a significant decrease in episodes off diarrhea, and reduced Crohn’s related pain. Having routine blood tests at this point, my C-Reactive protien level (CRP is a commonly used inflamation marker) was 2 mg/L. This was the first time in many many years my CRP result had tested in the normal range.
Initially, upon taking Artemisinin I had a very agitated poor sleep and aching limbs after the first dose.
I noticed large some biofilm with stools for several days. These symtoms were potentially a mild Herxheimer reaction after starting Artemsinin.
After the first few days I didn’t notice any further side effects that I thought may be attributable to Artemisinin.
Though Artemisinin is a naturally occurring compound, taking it involves risks. In recommended doses, it may be safe for a person to take artemisinin to treat malaria or a fever. However, people may experience the following side effects:
- a skin rash, after topical use
- ringing in the ears
- hearing loss