Can wormwood cure toxoplasmosis?
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Wormwood (Artemisia annua), a well-known antimalarial herb, is a key herbal medicine for treating any parasitic infection, including toxoplasmosis. In fact, one study indicated that wormwood not only treats toxoplasmosis, but that it also can prevent toxoplasmosis infection by up to 75%. In this study, the effectiveness of Artemisia annua infusions were compared to the effectiveness of sulfadiazine infusions in mice with toxoplasmosis. The researchers suggested that wormwood’s primary mechanism of action against the Toxoplasma parasite may lie in artemisinin’s ability to disrupt the calcium homeostasis in the parasite, but that other compounds present in wormwood may also have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of toxoplasmosis.
In addition to calcium homeostasis disruption in Toxoplasma gondii pathogens, Artemisia is also able to produce powerful Reactive Oxygen Species that act as powerful anti-Toxoplasma antimicrobials. Reactive Oxygen Species are released by Chlorine Dioxide Solution, another substance that has powerful effects against Toxoplasmosis. Read more about Chlorine Dioxide Solution / Miracle Mineral Supplement here.
Artemisia as a General Anti-Parasitic
In addition to being able to treat Toxoplasma infections and malaria, wormwood can also be used to kill other parasites, such as pinworms, roundworms, tapeworms, Schistosoma spp. parasites, Enterobius spp. parasites, and others.
The compound present inside of wormwood known as artemisinin can also be effective in treating some (but not all) strains of Toxoplasma bacteria. For this reason, using the whole Artemisia annua plant is preferable in the treatment of toxoplasmosis since parasites and other pathogens are generally less likely to be or become resistant to whole plants like this. It’s still worth keeping this fact in mind though, even if you use the whole plant, since some Toxoplasma may not be as potently effective. Always create a comprehensive Healing Protocol for yourself, in most cases, it’s best to not rely only on one medicine.
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Artemisia annua may be taken as a tea, in capsules, or as a tincture/extract. Because the plant is quite bitter, most people prefer capsules or tinctures/extracts. For tinctures, administer 0.5-1.5mL of liquid in a glass of water, 3-4 times per day, ideally on an empty stomach. Children should take a significantly lower dose (ages 2-4 may take between 0.1-0.2mL per dose, ages 5-9 may take 0.1-0.5mL per dose, ages 10-14 may take 0.3-0.6mL per dose). For the treatment of malaria, some sources recommend dosing adults with 500mg of dried A. annua leaf twice daily over the course of 5 days.
Women who are pregnant should not take wormwood or any Artemisia species plant medicinally since these plants are abortifacients and may cause miscarriage. Individuals with an allergy to Asteraceae family plants should also avoid wormwood. The medicine should only be taken for 4-5 weeks at a time before taking a 1 week break.
Nagmune, Kisaburo, et. al. (2007). Artemisinin-Resistant Mutants of Toxoplasma gondii Have Altered Calcium Homeostasis. Retrieved November 22, 2022 from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2151471/
Carrijo de Oliveira, Taisa, et. al. (2009). Toxoplasma gondii: effects of Artemisia annua L. on susceptibility to infection in experimental models in vitro and in vivo. Retrieved November 22, 2022 from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014489409001015?via%3Dihub
St. Francis Herb Farm (n.d). Wormwood. Retrieved November 22, 2022 from: https://stfrancisherbfarm.com/product/wormwood/