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Date: 08/08/2008    Written by: Jon Barron

Ancient Herb Wormwood/Artemisinin Kills Cancer

Herbal Health

Here's a blow to the idea that modern medicine is actually "modern." Back in the '70s, a research team on an archeological dig in China discovered a medicinal recipe dating back more than 2,000 years to 163 B.C. The recipe featured an extract from a leafy herb, called wormwood, that the ancients used to cure malaria, hemorrhoids, and parasitic infections. In subsequent tests, scientists discovered that the extract, which they named artemisinin, has remarkable anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties. They also found that artemisinin cures malaria almost 100 percent of the time and that in combination with iron, destroys cancer cells.

Artemisinin works by releasing an avalanche of free radicals when exposed to an oxidizing agent like iron. The free radicals attack and kill iron-rich cells. Since cancer cells tend to contain much more iron than normal cells do, they are particularly attractive to artemisinin. When exposed to cancer cells artemisinin gets activated and sends out free radicals that attack those cells, destroying the cancer in the process. This effect can be amplified by sending additional iron to cancer cells. (Similarly, since the malaria parasite lives in iron-rich blood, when exposed to artemisinin, free radicals attack the blood and destroy the parasite in the process.)

The FDA hasn't approved the use of artemisinin as an anti-cancer agent, as "research on artemisinin and cancer is still in very early stages." And yet, plenty of studies out there support the effectiveness and relative safety of artemisinin. For instance, a 2005 study out of the University of Washington targeted cancer cells by "tagging" artemisinin to an iron-carrying glycoprotein that cancer cells readily absorb. The researchers found that by doing this, the artemisinin became "very potent and selective in killing [leukemia] cells."

A more recent study, in 2006, found that artemisinin killed precancerous cells before those cells could develop into a breast tumor. In that study, rats were fed a substance known to cause breast cancer. Then, half the rats were fed a normal diet and the other half consumed food laced with artemisinin. After nine months, 96 percent of the rats fed the normal diet developed tumors, compared to only 57 percent of the rats fed artemisinin, plus their tumors were smaller and fewer.

Similar studies have found artemisinin to be highly effective in killing cancer cells that resist radiation and different forms of chemotherapy. In fact, a 2001 study published in Oncology found that by pre-loading cancer cells with iron and then administering artemisinin, the cancer killing effectiveness was almost 100 percent within 24 hours.

So what's the catch? Skeptics claim that high doses can cause neurological effects and heart blockage -- but those effects are extremely rare and show up only at very high doses. In fact, artemisinin has been used in Asia for decades now with virtually no evidence of toxicity. And in large-scale studies on monkeys who received enormous doses equivalent to 20,000 milligrams, no toxicity at all surfaced. So artemisinin appears to be much safer than most pharmaceuticals out there, and far, far, more benign than the typical chemotherapeutic agent -- although it isn't a standalone solution. Artemisinin needs to be part of an overall approach incorporating diet, enzymatic therapy, immune system building, supplementation, cleansing and detoxification. If you're interested, Dr. Lam provides some guidelines for using artemisinin on his Insider's Guide to Natural Medicine website.

Note: artemisinin/wormwood is a key component of my Liver Tincture formula. It would appear that you now have another good reason for doing a semi-annual liver detox that incorporates that formula.


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    Submitted by Abigail wright on
    December 21, 2008 - 2:56pm

    Artemisinin is prove to be effective against cancer as standard chemotherapy, which kills one normal cell for every five to 10 cancer cells, making it very toxic indeed to the body. The wormwood derivative, by contrast, kills 100 cancer cells for every normal cell. Read more Artemisinin-A Safe, Powerful Way to Kill Any Cancer

    Submitted by Enrique Carrillo on
    July 13, 2010 - 11:55am

    Dose Wormwood, Artemisinin kills Bone Cacer cells.

    Submitted by MANSOOR on
    June 13, 2009 - 7:59am

    i have a patient suffering from chondroblastic osteosarcoma ,
    can any one advise how to get the Artemisinin .
    is it a over the counter drug , or is it being prescribed by some people / doctors
    can some one deliver facts ,
    please write to me on [email protected]
    or [email protected]

    Submitted by dr fungus on
    October 31, 2013 - 4:43am

    dear all there is nothing secret or just discovered about wormwood ability to kill fungus and expel heavy metals from human body century ago printers used to drink it with milk to get rid of lead in their body,personaly I have used it for half century yes it does kill fungus and cleanse your body but do not overdose it is toxic, don't use it with grapefruit .cancers caused by candida could be killed with wormwood but chemical and radiation cancers they don't respond to wormwood.wormwood kills fungus instantly but does not cure anything if one eats candidal foods ROYAL RAYMOND RIFE has created cancer killing electromagnetic resonance machine but it would be equal like police having drink driver sobering machine on the way home driver gets drunk again.i drink my wormwood with white vine and few sprigs of garden rue also which is same family but it works on brain exchanging info or communication.what ever you do don't eat garlic it is potent neurotoxin.reason I drink wormwood with vine 100 ml no more you cant overdose on it as if you drink it as tea it gets very potent then. overdose symptoms are headache head spininning diarrhoea vomiting and if grapefruit is eaten you get blackouts with increased heart rate for short time in genaraly be careful using wormwood as it can accumulate and affect liver and other organs.

    Submitted by concerned on
    June 9, 2014 - 1:08am

    Dear Dr. Barron,

    I read your article with pleasure. Just wondering: several other internet sites mention liver and kidney toxicity of Artemisinin. Are those accusations correct? Would Artemisinin pose a problem to people with only one kidney?

    Also regrading the iron combination: presumably that was only a small amount of iron. What if a person has a huge iron overload (450 range after iron infusion)? Would Artemisinin require to be applied in much smaller doses to avoid too many cells "imploding" at once?

    Thank you so much for your help!

    Submitted by davea0511 on
    November 2, 2015 - 9:27am
    meridian , Idaho

    I spoke to someone just yesterday who have an adverse liver reaction to artemisinin. I learned this when recommending combining artemisinin with Intravenous Vitamin C (IVC) for cancer, which he has, because they both work by oxidizing the cancer .... so you get a potentiating effect against cancer this way. It is a practice many forward thinking oncologists have been trying recently with great success.

    However, they administer it intravenously so it bypasses the liver (they do this immediately prior to IVC administration). This may be an option for those who have an adverse liver response to oral artemisinin.

    Submitted by Rhodalee on
    January 17, 2015 - 4:59am
    Angeles ,

    We have an Artemisinin plant here, but we dont know how to use it as a herbal medicine for cancer.

    Submitted by Abby on
    November 28, 2015 - 10:49am
    New york , New York

    My husband has a tumore 6cm caused by hepatitis c. I am give him wormwood but not iron since I read that it is harmful for the liver. Can it work without iron. My husband has a cirrhosis and is awaiting a liver transplant. Can you give me any advice? Thank you

    By the way I boo longer live in the states

    Submitted by Lois on
    January 15, 2017 - 6:58pm

    Artemisinin is derived from more than one source. Some plant sources are neurotoxic. The two bushes or plants called white wormwood and artemisia absinthium contain Thujone which is neurotoxic and can cause irreversible nerve damage. (These two sources are not considered to be sweet wormwood)

    On the other hand, Sweet Wormwood which is Sweet Annie or artemisia annua seems to be a much safer source. I have friends who have had most amazing and exciting stories to tell of disappearing tumors, successes with stage 4 when the doctor has stitched them back up and said I can't help you there is just too much cancer or your body is resistant to all the chemos - friends who have had c125 blood test results which returned to normal within weeks. I even know of a lady who was so afraid it would come back that she took artemisia annua for 8 years with no side effects and no one I know who has taken it has had any adverse side effects. They all purchased from the same sources because they were friends. Perhaps it was the brand of artemesia annua or perhaps the way they took it. You do have to take it so many days off and so many days on. They have each varied a little in their thoughts on the number of days off and on but it has absorption problems after 5 days and starts becoming less effective. After taking a few days off you are back at full potency in the blood again.

    Submitted by gercek on
    February 26, 2017 - 8:37am
    London ,


    I am planning to suggest my father taking her Artemisia annua in form of herb tea . He has sclc lung cancer at stage 4. Would that be sufficient or do you suggest artemisinin pills?

    Whats the difference?

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    February 27, 2017 - 7:15pm

    It really depends on the source of the herbs and the way the manufacturer processes it.  There are too many variables. uses a liquid tincture to maintain the herb strength and sources it from the highest quality vendor that is certified organic, and 3rd party tested.

    Submitted by Danny on
    September 13, 2017 - 11:03pm
    Magna , Utah

    Do you have to take Iron with this Artemisinin. I want to take it because I've got prostrate cancer.

    Submitted by Simran Mann on
    March 23, 2018 - 12:01am

    My aunt was diagnosed with LAST STAGE BREAST CANCER three years back, at that time she had full chemotherapy cycle, then she underwent double mastectomy surgery as well as last three years she was on hormone therapy. After that cancer was found in liver and then she was being treated with xeloda oral chemo but there is no improvement after 6 months of this chemotherapy.
    It is spreading in such pace that is has spread in bones as well as in uterus.
    Now doctors has started her chemotherapy cycle again.
    We tried all alternatives , every possible treatment but nothing has worked on her.
    Now we are looking forward for treating her with Artemisinin.
    Can you please tell how to use this medicine. Can you give all the information related to this medicine. How to make it and use it.
    As we have no idea how to use it, How to take it for cancer treatment.
    I am waiting for your reply. Thank you in advance.

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    March 29, 2018 - 11:34am

    For obvious legal reasons, we can not diagnose nor prescribe.  I suggest to do a search on cancer on our site to read the articles available and be sure to read Jon's book that has a dedicated chapter on the subject.  See "free downloads" at the top of the site to download his book for free.

    Submitted by Brenda Wiener on
    October 23, 2018 - 4:02pm
    Marysville , Washington

    Is there any known case(s) where Artemisinin has been used for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma? If so, what were the results? If there is an article, where can I find it?

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