Malaria

WHO position statement: Effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical forms of Artemisia annua L. against malaria

June 2012

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World Health Organization

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Number of pages: 4
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English

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Overview

WHO recommends artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) for the treatment of uncomplicated malaria due to P. falciparum. ACTs recommended by WHO combine an artemisinin derivative such as artemether, artesunate or dihydroartemisinin with an effective antimalarial medicine. The five ACTs currently recommended are listed in the 2010 WHO Guidelines for the treatment of malaria.

A number of herbal remedies made of A. annua dry leaves are suggested for the treatment and prevention of malaria. However, WHO does not recommend the use A. annua plant material in any form, including tea, for the treatment or the prevention of malaria.

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