Almost a year ago I was excited to see a Chinese Herb, Qing Hao, mentioned in this New York Times article. In Chinese Medicine, Qing Hao is traditionally used to treat fevers, but it was discovered in China to have properties that are effective against Malaria. These properties are damaged by the traditional method of decoction or boiling of the herb. The compounds have now been isolated into a new strain of malaria drugs. This fun NPR video talks about the history of malaria drugs and their connection with herbs. It's a great, 3 minute video that even explains how a gin and tonic became known as a "tonic".

For more information on Qing Hao you can check out the wikipedia entry.