The annual mugwort, a herbaceous plant 50-150 cm high, is known to some from trips to southern and central Europe. The actual distribution area extends even further: from China, North India and Iraq to Southeast Europe. Its ingredient artemisinin is a secondary plant substance found in the leaves and flowers of the plant. It has long been used successfully in traditional Chinese medicine as a remedy for malaria. Artemisinin was successfully isolated for the first time in 1971. Today it is used worldwide to treat infections with multi-resistant strains of Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of tropica malaria. In 2015, the Chinese pharmacologist Youyou Tu was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for the extraction of artemisinin.
Why do we administer Artemisinin at UNIFONTIS? Artemisinin has a peroxide structure. At high concentrations of iron ions - as is the case with tumor diseases, for example - this peroxide becomes unstable and breaks down into free radicals which are able to destroy cancer cells. Prof. Drevs provides you with the latest findings from cancer research at any time - even with this form of therapy - and supplements them with individual diagnosis and therapy methods. In a personal conversation, Prof. Drevs will advise you on the advantages, possibilities and risks.