Artemisinin as cancer therapy- Myeloma, Liver, and Melanoma

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“Artemisinin (ART) is a chemical compound extracted from the wormwood plant, Artemisia annua L. It has been shown to selectively kill cancer cells in vitro and retard the growth of implanted fibrosarcoma tumors in rats.

There are a number of cancer therapies that have shown real cancer killing properties yet are not researched enough to instill confidence in the average cancer patient. Artemisinin is one of these therapies. Sourcing and dosing are two of the most important aspects of a therapy that is not thoroughly researched.

I often ask myself what I would do if my cancer, multiple myeloma, returns. Also, I ask myself what I would do if I developed a treatment-related, secondary cancer. Conventional chemotherapy didn’t work the first time around so why would it work this time?

Artemisinin would be on my top five list of future cancer therapies- It’s not rocket science. The phrase from one of the studies linked below, “inexpensive and effective cancer agents” fits my basic cancer therapy criteria.

In fact, there are a host of integrative and alternative research-based cancer therapies out there. For information about therapies that may kill your cancer without killing you, scroll down the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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A Novel Putative Mechanism of Anti-Myeloma Activity Targeted Against Heat Shock Protein 27 by Derivative of Artemisinin, Artesunate.

“Recent introduction of molecular targeted drugs such as bortezomib and IMIDs in the clinical settings has achieved the improved treatment outcome of multiple myeloma (MM). However, MM is still an incurable disease and these drugs also possess serious adverse reactions, therefore, safe and more effective therapy should be established. Artesunate (ART) is a semi-synthetic derivative of artemisinin and is widely used for the treatment of malaria as a salvage therapy. Recent in vitro studies showed that ART also has an anti-tumor activity against several cancer cell lines. We thus investigated whether ART could possess anti-myeloma activity and demonstrated that apoptosis of myeloma cells is strongly induced by ART…”

Targeted treatment of cancer with artemisinin and artemisinin-tagged iron-carrying compounds.

Once an artemisinin-tagged transferrin molecule is endocytosed, iron is released and reacts with artemisinin moieties tagged to transferrin. Formation of free radicals kills the cancer cell. The authors have found that artemisinin-tagged transferrin is highly selective and potent in killing cancer cells. Thus, artemisinin and artemisinin-tagged iron-carrying compounds could be developed into powerful anticancer drugs..”

Artemisinin Cancer treatment

ART is undergoing early research and testing for the treatment of cancer.[24][25] Chinese scientists have shown ART has significant anticancer effects against human hepatoma cells.[26] ART has a peroxide lactone group in its structure, and it is thought that when the peroxide comes into contact with high iron concentrations (common in cancerous cells), the molecule becomes unstable and releases reactive oxygen species. It has been shown to reduce angiogenesis and the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor in some tissue cultures. Recent pharmacological evidence demonstrates the artemisinin-derivative dihydroartemisinin targets human metastatic melanoma cells with induction of NOXA (phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate-induced protein 1)-dependent mitochondrial apoptosis that occurs downstream of iron-dependent generation of cytotoxic oxidative stress.[27]“”

Artemisinin induces apoptosis in human cancer cells.

“ART is a chemical compound extracted from the wormwood plant, Artemisia annua L. It has been shown to selectively kill cancer cells in vitro and retard the growth of implanted fibrosarcoma tumors in rats. In the present research, we investigated its mechanism of cytotoxicity to cancer cells…

CONCLUSION:This rapid induction of apoptosis in cancer cells after treatment with DHA indicates that ART  and its analogs may be inexpensive and effective cancer agents.”

Artemisinin reduces human melanoma cell migration by down-regulating alpha V beta 3 integrin and reducing metalloproteinase 2 production.

In recent years, anticancer activity of ART has been reported both in vitro and in vivo. ART has inhibitory effects on cancer cell growth and anti-angiogenetic activity…We demonstrate that ART induces cell growth arrest in A375M, and affects A375P cells viability with cytotoxic and growth inhibitory effects, while it was not effective in contrasting proliferation of other tumor cell lines (MCF7 and MKN). In addition, ART affected the migratory ability of A375M cells by reducing metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) production and down-regulating alpha v beta 3 integrin expression. These findings introduce a potential of ART as a chemotherapeutic agent in melanoma treatment.”

Artemisinin: A Cancer Smart Bomb

“ART and its derivatives offer the possibility of using a non-toxic form of chemotherapy that is inexpensive and readily available. Because of its excellent safety profile, it should be a consideration for cancer treatment when conventional treatments have failed or when people refuse conventional therapies. For more information check out our video on NaturalNews.tv at http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=5E89C18C669ACC…”

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