Artesunate is derived from the herb Artemisia annua and has been traditionally used for the treatment of malaria. So, why is it relevant to naturopathic cancer therapy?
Extensive research has been done on the use of Artesunate in cancer. As we know, cancer cells mutate their DNA quickly and grow exponentially. Unfortunately, cancer cells also have the ability to build resistance to their environment and rapidly multiply.
Artesunate has an incredible way of attacking cancer cells and inducing mitochondrial apoptosis. Cancer cells use iron to their advantage in order to help cells mutate their DNA at a quicker rate and therefore, increase the intensity of cancer burden on the human body. More specifically, oxygen within the cancer cells reacts with the iron and causes mutation of DNA by forming reactive oxygen species – which we would think is harmful for cancer cells. But over time, cancer cells are able to gain resistance and thrive in this environment.
When Artesunate is introduced into the environment intravenously, it negates the effect of iron on the cancer cells. Instead of permitting the iron to help cancer cells replicate, the Artesunate uses the iron to kill the energy powerhouses (mitochondria), which fuel the growth of cancer cells. This leads to programmed cell death or apoptosis; scientifically known as “Iron-catalyzed Lysosomal Reactive Oxygen Species Production”.
Artesunate therapy can also:
- Target multiple forms of cancer
- Provide responsive treatment for late-stage cancers
- Improve survival rates and/or duration
- Improve quality of life
- Work adjunctively with conventional medical treatment of cancer
Artesunate is administered intravenously, prior to high-dose intravenous Vitamin C (a pro-oxidative treatment), which is also an integral naturopathic therapy for cancer.
Please contact the Nardella Clinic for more information and to book an appointment with one of our naturopaths.