Finally. It took a while but the Artemisia samples have arrived in Germany and will hopefully be tested for in-vitro activity against SARS-Covid-2 quite soon. Now in the meantime, I’ve been separating the extract into various fractions. The idea behind this is that in case the original samples, currently in Germany, turn out to be … Continue reading “Artemisia samples arrived at Max-Planck for testing and a chemistry update”
Like they say ‘ the proof is in the pudding’. In this case, will the in vitro tests yield any useful results? Useful in this sense simply means a clear positive or negative result (keeping in mind the much dreaded false positives and false negatives). So I’ve send some samples over to the Max Planck … Continue reading “The Artemisia Covid 19 Initiative – June 2020 update”
As part of our ongoing crowd funding campaign to investigate whether Artemisia might become a useful treatment of Covid 19, we continue with the chemistry of these two species (if you have a dollar to spare please donate on the crowd funding website). Tea infusions (as described earlier) of three A. afra samples (collected here … Continue reading “Chemical variation and artemisinin content of A. afra and A. annua”
Quite an eventful week, with the lowest recorded maximum temperatures in over a decade (those Europeans do not know what cold is), and some ‘building issues’ that prevented me from getting to the lab. But what would life be without challenges. So I’ve analysed the Artemisia afra tea and compared it to Artemisia annua. The … Continue reading “Stability of Artemisia afra tea infusion and its artemisinin content”
We are now 24 hours later, so how does the tea infusion perform regarding stability? It actually looks quite okay, to be honest. But just to clarify again what we are looking at. The equipment that we used only detects compounds that absorb UV light, in other words, compounds such as the well known active … Continue reading “Stability of Artemisia tea infusions Part 2.”
As part of our Artemisia crowdfunding campaign we decided to create this website so that we can report on our progress. The main idea here is to give a short overview of the tests that we are conducting, the reason why we are conducting these tests, and also to give the public an opportunity to … Continue reading “Stability of Artemisia tea infusions. Part 1”
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