COVID-19

It is not the first time that Artemisia annua and its active compound artemisinin have been investigated as antiviral for SARS. During the last decade, Artemisia annua properties to combat previous SARS were evaluated, being considered the second most powerful herbal medicine against that type of virus. Therefore, due to these previous studies, diverse research projects and small clinical trials have been started to study its possible specific effects against Covid-19. Despite preliminary results being promising, however, it has to be emphasized that deeper research has to be conducted in order to elucidate its efficacy and possible side effects. Additionally, Artemisia annua is a great stimulator of the immune system, so it could have a double action in the fight against this pandemia.