Artemisinin-A Gift from Traditional Chinese Medicine to the World (Nobel Lecture)

Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2016 Aug 22;55(35):10210-26. doi: 10.1002/anie.201601967. Epub 2016 Aug 4.


Malaria has long been a devastating and life-threatening global epidemic disease in human history. Artemisinin, the active substance against malaria, was first isolated and tested in the 1970s in China. The important role played by traditional Chinese medicine in the discovery of artemisinin is described by Y. Tu in her Nobel Lecture.

Keywords: artemisinin; malaria; traditional Chinese medicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antimalarials / chemistry
  • Antimalarials / therapeutic use*
  • Artemisinins / chemistry
  • Artemisinins / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Malaria / drug therapy*
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional*


  • Antimalarials
  • Artemisinins
  • artemisinin