Phytotherapy as a treatment for leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease and, in most cases a chronic illness, so treatments prevail over time. In this sense, the plant Artemisa annua has become a natural and less aggressive alternative.

Canine leishmaniasis is an endemic zoonosis expanded worldwide, that has also spread throughout the Mediterranean basin.

Although in Spain the prevalence of infected animals is increasing, it is less common to diagnose the disease in humans.

Despite this fact, it is the third human disease after malaria and filariasis, transmitted by vectors, hence the relevance, in relation to public health, of controlling and treating dogs with leishmaniasis so that they do not become a source of infection for people or other animals.

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease mostly caused by Leishmania infantum. This parasite is transmitted by heamatophagous mosquitoes of the phlebotomus genus.

When the female mosquito bites an animal infected with leishmaniasis, it absorbs the parasite along with the blood. That same mosquito may bite another dog or a person, inoculating them with the parasite and working this way as a vector of the disease.

Once the leishmaniasis has infected the animal, it is multiplied in its blood cells, and the first symptoms of the disease begin to appear.

Leishmania can show up in the skin: with alopecia, dermatitis and seborrhea, which can be localized or generalized and also can appear in the guts, when we see that animals lose weight, vomit, do not eat, have spleen disorders, ganglial swelling, and a wide series of unusual analytical parameters.

Once leishmaniasis has been diagnosed, the treatment prescribed by the veterinarian will be able to reduce the clinical signs of the disease and also the rate of antibodies and the parasitic load, but rarely do veterinarians completely remove parasites from animals.

Leishmania is deployed in different parts of the body and when the defenses of the animal are weakened, it is able to multiply and spread again. For this reason, we can consider it a chronic disease, where treatments will be maintained over time, alternating with rest periods.

For this type of treatment, it is quite interesting to have natural alternatives that are less aggressive than conventional medicine but with the same efficiency for our pets, and, in this case, Artemisa annua is the best option for the treatment of animals with leishmaniasis.

The power of Artemisa annua is well-known for the treatment of other parasitic diseases, such as malaria, but it was not until the early 1990s that animals infected with leishmaniasis started to be treated with this plant.

The leishmanicidal capacity of Artemisa is mostly due to its active ingredient, artemisinin. However, the only thing that matters is not just having a plant drug with a huge amount of artemisinin. In order to make it efficient, we need complete extracts that, together with artemisinin, contain other active ingredients and substances, which are the real curative power of the plant.

This has been the great achievement of Soria Natural: obtaining an extract able to reduce or even eliminate the parasite in infected animals.

The effectiveness of Leishwow is noticeable from the first month of treatment. The animals recover their body conditions and the clinical and analytical signs related to the disease improve significantly.

Along with this remarkable efficacy of the product, its safety must be emphasized. Leishwow does not have side effects or negative interactions with other medicines, always according to the safety and efficacy criteria followed by all the products of Soria Natural.

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