Artemisia annua anamed (A-3) – a brief history

Artemis: The Greek goddess of wild animals, the hunt, chastity, and childbirth
annua: annual
anamed: Action for Natural Medicine

340 BC China, “Handbook of emergency prescriptions” (Ge Hong). A cold water extract is used to treat fever.

168 BC China: Han Dynasty: “52 prescriptions”: Artemisia annua is used to treat haemorrhoids.

1596 AD China: Li Shi-Zen Pharmacopoea: Artemisia annua is used to treat fever and malaria.

1967 500 Chinese scientists are mandated by Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong to find, “urgently, a quick working medicine to treat malaria that has no side-effects and which there is no resistance”.

1968 In the Academy for Traditional Chinese Medicine, Prof. To Youyou discovers Artemisia annua, a plant used to treat haemorrhoids.


Developments re artemisia whole extract Developments re artemisinin
China: New edition of the Chinese Pharmacopoea: Artemisia annua is used to treat malaria and fever. The dosage is 5 to 9 grams of dried herb per day.1992
The Walter Reed Institute of the US Army declares that artemisia tea is not effective. It has been shown, however, that they tested Artemisia ABSINTHIA instead of Artemisia ANNUA!

anamed it the first organisation worldwide that cultivates a hybrid suitable for use in the Tropics for humanitarian purposes in zones affected by malaria, now know as Artemisia anamed or, in short, A-3.

Dakar, Senegal: The “Research Initiative on Traditional Antimalarial Methods” (RITAM) is founded jointly by Oxford University and the WHO.

First international publication regarding the effectiveness of A-3 tea in treating malaria in 3 clinics (Muller/Karhagomba/Hirt). Wemakor: Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol. 73)

RITAM demonstrates that Artemisia annua contains 70 terpenes, 36 flavenoides and 20 further components, many of which are antimalarial!

“A-3” is now cultivated by 900 anamed partners in 75 countries. Thousands of patients have been successfully treated with artemisia tea.

China: Artemisinin is isolated from Artemisia annua.1972
China: Evidence of anti-malarial activity of artemisinin in animals.

China: Clinical studies with artemisinin.

Swizerland: World Health Organisation (WHO): First informal consultation regarding artemisinin.




After almost 20 years!

WHO prepares guidelines for the administration of artemisinin therapy.

WHO warns of the dangers of resistance developing with artemisinin monotherapy.

WE WAIT for further reactions from the WHO, who still contend that artemisia should not be used as tea.





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