Namely, according to the researches published in “Life Science”, artemisinin, a “Sweet wormwood” or “Artemisia Annua” derivative, was used in Chinese medicine and it can kill 98% of lung cancer cells in less than 16 hours.
The herb used alone caused a 28% reduction in breast cancer cells, but when paired with iron, sweet wormwood was able to eradicate cancer almost entirely. What’s more, normal cells were not negatively affected in the experiment by this treatment.
Artemisinin has been used in the past as a powerful anti-malarial herb, but it now has been proven to be a cancer-fighter, too. When subjects in the published study were given an iron supplement, which often accumulates in the breast tissue but especially so in cancerous cells, the artemisinin was able to selectively target ‘bad’ cells and leave ‘good’ cells alone.
Before it was proved that artemisinin is effective against cancer, it was used as a drug against malaria, because it was quite powerful. While conducting the study scientist’s added iron, which can be easy attached to the cancer infected cells, artemisinin selectively attacked the “bad” cells, and left the “good” cells untouched.
Special receptors that participate in the cell division are responsible for depositing iron in the cancer cells. These receptors are also part of the healthy cells, but the cancer cells have in much greater amounts. As a consequence of this, artemisinin and iron can affect the abnormal cells.
Lots of experiments that were conducted so far prove that if artemisinin is combined with iron it can effectively influence the destruction of cancer cells. In China this combination was used as a cure for malaria for thousands of years. The first scientists that discover that malaria parasite cannot survive in the presence of artemisinin, because of its rich content of iron, were Henry Lai and Narendra Singh. They were scientist from the University of Washington.