The Discovery Of The Qinghaosu As A Medicinal Remedy For Malaria

958 Words May 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Abstract – Throughout history, medical properties have been used by many civilizations. Many of the medications that are available in our pharmacies are plant based. The discovery of the antimalarial effects of qinghao provides a new foundation for the development of antimalarial plant based medications. The research being made by Youyou Tu has led to evidence that the Ming Dynasty had discovered qinghao as a natural remedy centuries ago.

(Tu, 2011) Malaria is a life threatening disease that has been around for centuries. Throughout history, medicinal properties in plants have been used by many civilizations. Evidence of this has been documented in the China Academy of Chinese Medicinal Sciences in the Handbook for Prescriptions for Emergencies by Ge Hong written circa 284-346 CE (Tu, 2011). In this handbook there is a detailed explanation on how to prepare the qinghaosu as a medicinal remedy for malaria. It should come as no surprise that the plant Artemisia annua L. has medicinal qualities as many of the medications on the market today are plant based. Aspirin is derived from the bark of salix (willow), throat lozenges are derived from the leaves of mentha (mint), therefore it is no surprise that antimalarial medications are also plant based (Plant Medicines, 2006). (Tu, 2011) The discovery of the medicinal properties of qinghao against malaria was a result of a research team lead by Youyou Tu, and on that team there were pharmacist and phytochemical…
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