Nobel Prize winner Tu Youyou and her arteminsinin discovery

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Tu Youyou’s discovery of arteminsinin, and the right way to use it to treat malaria, was a breakthrough after repeated trial and error.

Inspired by a line from a medical prescription written almost 1,700 years ago, Tu Youyou discovered artemisinin in her 191st trial. It was the result of a blend between modern technology and traditional Chinese medicine.

CCTV’s Tang Shuxin filed this report on what Tu Youyou’s Nobel Prize could mean for traditional Chinese medicine.

Nobel Prize winner Tu Youyou and her arteminsinin discovery

Tu Youyou’s discovery of arteminsinin, a breakthrough discovery, is the fruit of repeated trials and errors.Inspired by a line from a medical prescription written almost 1,700 years ago, Tu Youyou discovered artemisinin in her 191st trial. It was the result of a blend between modern technology and traditional Chinese medicine. CCTV’s Tang Shuxin filed this report on what Youyou’s Nobel prize could mean for traditional Chinese medicine from Beijing.

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  • Artemisinin compounds have become the mainstay of malaria treatment over the past 15 years. Since 2000, more than one billion artemisinin-based treatment courses have been administered to malaria patients.
  • It is a milestone for Chinese medical science and an acknowledgement to traditional Chinese medicine. Tu Youyou’s Nobel prize opens another door for traditional Chinese medicine into the global medical community.