Artemisinin, a miracle of traditional Chinese medicine.

Artemisinin, a miracle of traditional Chinese medicine.

Nat Prod Rep. 2015 Dec 19;32(12):1617-21

Authors: Kong LY, Tan RX

Abstract
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, shared by Professor Youyou Tu, focused worldwide attention on artemisinin, a natural product antimalarial drug inspired by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). This is the first Nobel Prize in natural sciences presented to a Chinese scientist for her impactful research work in China in collaboration with other Chinese scientists. We are delighted to provide the background and implications of the discovery of artemisinin, along with our personal viewpoints toward the affordability of modern medicines from natural products.

PMID: 26561737 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]