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ANSWERS FROM KAREN
QUESTION: Thank you for your time, I'll try to go
straight to the point. I am a student doing research on
malaria treatment in Nigeria using various herbs eg
magnifera indica & Anacardium occidentale (these two to
be precise). I want to please know how to extract the
active tanins from the leaves of these plant without
destroying them. Please if you don't mind I will like
detailed chemical analysis because I will try it in the
Thank you for your help in advance I am already grateful
and looking forward to the reply.
ANSWER: Not being a chemist, I cannot help you
with the intricacies of your request. As an herbalist, I
extract the healing properties of herbs either through
decoction or infusion. Or, by making a tincture using
alcohol or vegetable glycerin.
Please help me, my dad is suffering from Malaria, he's
about 1 week into it and is there an herb he can take to
help him? Please get back to me as soon as possible!
Thank you so much in advance for your answers! Anything
ANSWER: So sorry to hear about your dad. There is
a new drug resistant strain of malaria called Plasmodium
falciparum that has become increasingly common in the
states. If this is the type of malaria your dad is
suffering from, try Pau D'arco. I'd make a tea of the
organic herbs. 3-4 cups per day, in addition to plenty
of water. For traditional malaria, quinine is the
ANSWERS FROM DAVID
QUESTION: It has been suggested that I could take Qing Hao to prevent Malaria, and I wondered what information was available regarding this. I am due to visit Malaysia (both the mainland and Sabah) in 2 weeks time and I don't want to take the antmalarial drugs if there is a safe alternative. Please could you
provide any information that's available regarding the reliability of Qing Hao and the dose required.
ANSWER: According to the book Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica Revised Edition by Bensky and Gamble:
Qing hao, Latin named: Artemisia annuae or A. apiacea, is used for Malaria. Preparations of A. annuae have shown direct killing effect against the parasite in vitro. It was traditionally combined with the root of Huang qin, Latin named Scutellariae baicalensis and the rhizome of Ban xia, Latin named Pinelliae ternatae for Malaria disorders in China.
Some western herbs that are effective against parasites are Black Walnut Hulls, Quassia and Elecampane.
We sell an Anti-parasite formula that should be taken a week prior to and 2 - 3 weeks after your visit to alleviate your concerns. It is called AP compound, you would need a 8 oz bottle taking the suggested dose of 1/2 a teaspoon 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 5 to 6 weeks ( 1 week before, 2 weeks during and 2-3 weeks after).
My other suggestion would be lots and lots of Garlic, smell like Garlic, make everyone around you take it so they don't complain.
To up your digestive systems ability to avoid the parasite, use bitters formula, bitters make you GI tract work at its peak. It increase all the secretions, such as salvia, acid, enzymes, bile and helps your body eliminate this better.