Artemisinin is a fast acting and highly effective anti malarial drug derived
from the plant Artemesia Annua L (sweet wormwood, also known as the
Chinese herbal Qinghao).
To guarantee the effectiveness of artemisinin, it is best used in combination
with a longer-acting partner drug.
Source: GreenFacts, based on
The Artemisinin Enterprise, About us
An Artemisinin-based combination therapy
(ACT) is a combination of artemisinin or one of its derivatives
with one or several antimalarial drugs of a different class.
The WHO recommends the use of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs)
in order to ensure high cure rates of Plasmodium falciparum malaria and to
reduce the spread of drug resistance.
Drug resistance - Malaria - Plasmodium falciparum
To read about this term in context:
GreenFacts Summary on Malaria status & challenges of the epidemic: