I have begun taking Artemisinin for Babesiosis. It had been recommended by my LLMD (who is excellent), but still I was initially skeptical. Boy am I surprised! It is definitely working!
I did some research on Artemesinin, and this is what I found out.
It was used thousands of years ago in traditional Chinese medicine to treat certain types of skin ailments and malaria.
It is a standard component of treatment for malaria in China, Vietnam, and other parts of Asia and Africa. The World Health Organization recommends it in countries where the malaria has become resistant to other drugs. In other words, it is commonly used in the rest of the world, why are we the last ones to catch on?
Very interesting the way it works. It contains a peroxide group in its molecular structure. When it comes into contact with high iron concentrations (i.e. inside the red blood cells where Babesia hang out) it "explodes" and shoots free radicals which then cause the parasites to explode like little bombs. Some also theorize that the Artemisisin inhibits a calcium transporter in the parasite.
It's important to use a good brand with standardized concentrations in order for it to be effective. I am using a brand called Allergy Research Group. I had been going to ask about going back on Mepron but my LLMD suggested trying this first. As it is, it is looking like I may not need to go back on the Mepron!