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Malaria and the use of the traditional remedy "Nordman Anti-Malaria Artemisia"

What is Malaria?

Malaria is an illness caused by a variety of parasites transmitted by the anopheline mosquito. The parasites infect the human red blood cells and cause a variety of non-specific symptoms Ė most commonly high fevers, excessive sweats, back ache and joint pain. If the symptoms are neglected the person may become severely ill and eventually die.

There are many remedies available but on of the most effective is the traditional remedy of Artemisia Afra which has been used for centuries by Africans and as such has proven itself to be effective and safe.

How Does Artemisia Work?

Artemisia is effective both as prophylaxis and treatment of malaria.

Artemisia given correctly will abort the infection before it develops into malaria. A person who has not taken preventative treatment or prophylaxis can still be treated for malaria by tripling the dose should symptoms appear. Symptoms of malaria mimic a flu-like illness. This dosage should be maintained for between 10 to 30 days, depending on the kind of parasite. Medical attention should always be sought when symptoms appear. A parasite count is vital for assessing the effectiveness of the treatment.

According to the latest scientific research Artesiminin in its natural form is present in almost all Artemisia species to a greater or lesser degree but other components in the Artemisia plant may even play a bigger role in combating malaria. The most widely researched ingredient of Artemisia is artesiminin. Artemisia Afra is a compound which consists of many constituents. The South African researcher Kraft (2003) confirmed that the South African variety Artenisia Afra has similar activity attributable to similar constituents as the Chinese relative. The anti-malarial activity of the plant is determined by the complex structure of all compounds contained in the plant which work synergistically and as such are more effective than a single constituent. This was confirmed by the researcher Wernsdorfer (1999) who found that parasites would find it easier to develop resistance to a single agent than to a battery of anti-malarial compounds such as contained in a whole plant. Nordman only uses the whole plant. According to the most recent scientific research it has an extremely rapid onset of action. It is hydrolysed in the cell and then eliminated rapidly. Unfortunately confusion has been created in the minds of the public as researchers have given what they believe the most active ingredient of the plant which they have synthesised chemically in the laboratory the same name as the natural compound namely artesiminin. A chemical formulation of Artesiminin has been manufactured in China under the name of Artesunate. This formulation has severe side effects in long term use and is not registered in South Africa but freely available in Central Africa.

Both Artemisia afra and annua (the Chinese variety) induce a more rapid reduction of parasites than any other known anti-malarial drug. Because of the rapid action of ingredients in the Artemisia plant it does not have to be taken over extended periods before entering or after leaving a malaria area.

Latest scientific proof that herbal Artemisia afra is best antidote to malaria:

A team of medical doctor in R D Congo Jerome Munyani and Michel Idumbo have run randomised clinical trials on a large scale in the Maniema province with the participation of 1000 malaria infected patients. The trials were run in conformity with WHO procedure. They compared Artemisia annua and Artemisia afra with drugs available in the Congo namely Co-artem and ASAQ which contain Artesiminin derivatives. 502 patients were treated either with herbal Artemisia afra or Artemisia annua against 498 patients treated either with the Co-Artem or ASAQ , drugs available in the Congo. In all cases treatment with the herbs was superior to the drugs in that there was a rapid fall of fever, elimination of blood parasites and total absence of parasitaemia on day 28 in 99.5% of patients whereas treatment with Co-Artem or ASAQ produced only a 79.5% clearance of parasites at day 28. Significant was the total absence of side effect with the treatment of herbs where s the drugs caused diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, itching and low blood sugar in a significant number of patients. More importantly treatment with the herbs totally eliminated gametocytes responsible for parasite transmission from man to mosquito in all patients treated with the herbs but not in all patients treated with the drugs. For all parameters tested herbal treatment was significantly better than drugs with no side effects whatsoever and 100% success rate.

Peter Moyo and fellow South African researchers investigated the activities of extracts from plant species traditionally used for malaria treatment against Plasmodium falciparum., Artemisia afra being one of them. Their research substantiates the efficacy of traditional African plants used in malaria control to be effective on all levels which encompass prevention, treatment and blocking of malaria transmission. ( P Moyo et al Journal of Ethnopharmacology, volume 185,5 June 201, Pages 235- 242)

Pierre Lutgen a prominent researcher into herbal remedies of malaria says Artemisia afra will heal Africa as the polytherapy offered by the plant not only eliminates parasites but boosts the immune system, avoiding thus infection, reinfection and recrudescence.

Are There Any Side Effects or do Other Precautions Need to be Taken?

Tea made from Artemisia has been used in China and Africa for centuries without any side effects. Nordmanís Artemisia is made from organically grown and harvested Artemisia plants.

So far after more than 10 years of experience no malaria has been reported from people who used the correct dose and were on no medication.

Caution is however advised when a person is taking anti-cholesterol drugs (statins). These drugs not only lower cholesterol in the blood but seem to have the side effect of modulating cell function. It is strongly advised that any person on chronic medication consult a health care professional before taking any anti-malarial remedy.

No interaction with other drugs has been reported. It can safely be taken with any medication. However, the intake of strong antibiotics at the same time may reduce the effectiveness of Nordmanís Artemisia. Additional prophylaxis such as mosquito nets, protective clothing, lotions and sprays are always recommended as additional safety measures to give extra peace of mind.

What is the Recommended Dosage?

Each capsule contains 400mg of dried Artemisia plant. Adults should take 2 capsules daily, Children between 15kg - 45kg 1 capsule daily and children under 15kg 1/2 a capsule daily.

The first dose is to be taken one day before visiting a malaria area, then daily while in the area.

Thereafter the dose should be repeated for at least 2-3 days after leaving the malaria area.

There is little exprience with children below 15kg and pregnant women where it is recommended not to enter a malaria area or alternatively to contact a health care professional for confirmation of the correct dose.

Are There Any Other Uses?

Artemisia has been used effectively on dogs and horses suffering from biliary and on horses having contracted horse sickness.

The dose needs to be individualised. Please contact Nordman for further details.

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