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Artemisia (Qing hao, Chinese wormwood, Artemisia annua)

The Irish call this herb Sweet Annie. (Artemisia annua). Visited here at this wonderful herb permaculture farm at Castletownmoore near Dublin, owned by Bridget (amazing herbalist) and Siobhan ( fantastic dietician).

This herb is my golden herb for patients with Babesia or parasites.

Actions: Antiprotozoa, antiparasitic, antimicrobial, bitter tonic and febrifuge (fever reducing).

Safety note: Avoid in pregnancy. Do not use this herb for more than four weeks at a time it may cause an allergic reaction. It can be pulsed alternating bi-monthly.

Traditionally used to treat Malaria, which is similar to Babesia. It has also been used to treat Lupus, an auto immune condition.

Artemisinin is the active ingredient of this valuable herb, which has very powerful qualities. Recent clinical studies show the whole plant is more effective in treating Malaria than using the isolated Artemisinin form (Rasoanaivo et al 2011).

This is a great choice of herb in Acute Lyme especially in Babesia and feverish conditions. I administer Artemisia carefully in chronic Lyme as its effects can be rapid and may cause a Herxheimer reaction. Once I am confident the patient is detoxing well and the majority of inflammation has been addressed, I will start using Artemisia in higher doses.

I often use this herb in a separate mix (in conjunction with an immune support formula) for acute cases of Babesia, recommending patients take the herbs alternating one week on and the next week off.

Recent studies have shown Artemisia to be a potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic herb to help manage pain, stiffness and the functional limitations associated with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee (Stebbings et al, 2015).

New research is emerging, suggesting Artemisia may be a helpful antibacterial medicine. These studies are based on the essential oil of Artemisia only