Dry leaves-based medicine treats drug-resistant malaria
Today, with constant deepening in the variety of diseases that occur around, the scope of medical research and its advancement has also risen.
Amidst the aggressive research continuing in the domain of medicine, the growing menace of drug resistant malaria has found some hope with a latest discovery. Scientists in New York have successfully tested a therapy where Asian plant’s dried leaves were used to treat patients suffering from drug resistant malaria.
When regular medications failed to cure patients with malaria in Democratic Republic of Congo, their physician tested a therapy prepared from dried leaves of an Asian plant named Artemisia annua popularly known as sweet wormwood. The treatment tested on 18 patients turned put to be successful thereby opening scope for the development of a full fledged treatment of drug resistant malaria using these leaves.
This research carried out by the scientists at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the United States say that is the first time where dry leaves have been utilized to cure malaria of this kind. Originally, patients were prescribed the regular treatment that is artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT). In this therapy chemical from Artemisinin annua is mixed with other requisite drugs but since this failed the therapy with dried leaves was tested and the results were surprising as they cured the patients in a mere span of 5 days.
The new therapy is named as dried-leaf Artemisia (DLA) by the scientists, which completely cured all 18 patients who did not respond to ACT. The DLF therapy successfully responded by curing the patients completely. When examined further, there were no remnants of parasites found in their bodies. Such powerful was the effect of the DLA.
However, according to the scientists at WPI, this research published in the journal Phytomedicine, is a small scale research and to get approval for making this discovery into an offical treatment for the drug resistant malaria, a more detailed examination has to be carried out.
Malaria has impacted more than 100 countries and continues to threaten almost half of the world population, hence this research can turn out very much essential in bringing a revolution in curing malaria.