Scientists may have found a herbal medicine for the treatment of malaria with no side effects, according to studies.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by parasitic protozoans.
People who are using the immune suppressive drug, having a weakened the immune system and infected by the HIV virus are more likely to experience severe effects of the infection.
Some researchers suggested that Women who are pregnant are at an increased risk of malaria infection.
Most common symptoms of the disease are shaking chills alternated with a high fever. profuse sweating. a headache, nausea. vomiting. abdominal pain and diarrhea.
In the Western world, malaria is almost nonexistent due to sanitation and mosquitos spray. However, the disease is most prevalent in the countryside of the third world countries due to living conditions and medication.
Due to the widespread of malaria in the third, the World Health Organization has set a goal for the prevention and treatment of malaria, including the develop products that will provide: efficacy against drug-resistant strains of Plasmodium falciparum, potential for intermittent treatments (infants and pregnancy), safety in small children (less than 6 months old), safety in pregnancy, efficacy against Plasmodium vivax (including radical cure), efficacy against severe malaria, and transmission-blocking treatment.
Andrographis paniculata is a herbaceous plant, genus Andrographis, belonging to the family Acanthaceae, native to India and Sri Lanka.
The herbal plant has been used in traditional Siddha and Ayurvedic in treating the common cold, flu, upper respiratory infections, infectious diseases, diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, pneumonia, swollen lymph nodes, leprosy, bronchitis, sore throats, tuberculosis, chicken pox, etc.
Besides the main ingredient andrographolides, giving the plant a bitter taste, other ingredients of herbal Andrographis include diterpene lactones, such as neoandrographolide, andrographiside, 14-doexy-11, 12-didehydro andrographolide, etc., flavonoinds viz., oroxylin, wogonin, andrographidines A, B, C, D, E, F.
In the urgency of finding a natural anti-malaria herbal medicine with low cost for the treatment of malaria in the third world, researchers evaluated the effect of extracts of Andrographis paniculata (AP) and Hedyotis corymbosa (HC).
Combination of these two herbal drugs showed substantial enhancements to their anti-malarial activity.
Increased in vivo potency was also observed with the combination of plant extracts, compared to the individual extracts and curcumin.
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(1) Anti-malarial activities of Andrographis paniculata and Hedyotis corymbosa extracts and their combination with curcumin by Mishra K, Dash AP, Swain BK, Dey N.(PubMed)
(2) Mosquito adulticidal and repellent activities of botanical extracts against malarial vector, Anopheles stephensi Liston (Diptera: Culicidae) by Govindarajan M, Sivakumar R.(PubMed)
(3) Malaria in Pregnancy by Ebako Ndip Takem1 and Umberto D’Alessandro. (PMC)