I have used Artemisinin along with Zithromax/Mepron/Clindamycin for Babesiosis. While the drugs were very effective, adding the Artemisinin really kicked up the effects. It really is a very powerful supplement, and at least two well-known LLMD's recommend its use along with the combination of meds I mentioned earlier.
At first I was very skeptical and didn't want to try it, but did so to humor my doctor. What a surprise! It really is very effective and I'd wished I'd tried it sooner.
The way it works is that it contains a peroxide group within its molecular structure. When the peroxide group comes into contact with high concentrations of iron (such as red blood cells, the hiding place of Babesia microti), it "explodes", releasing free radicals and destroying the Babesia without harming the blood cell. Unlike anti-malarial drugs, the organism cannot develop resistance to Artemisinin.
I don't know how effective it is without combining it with appropriate anti-Babesiosis meds. The doctors I know of who recommend it always combine it with other medications. I would think that by itself it would have at least some measure of effectiveness, although perhaps not as ideal as combining it with meds. I don't think this is a substitute for proper medications, however it is a powerful adjunct to therapy and furthermore offers a source of at least some relief for those who do not have access to drug therapy.
Last edited by TINUVIEL; 09-28-2007 at 12:12 PM.