Saturday, November 28, 2009



This plant grows in many areas, including India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Pakistan, but is largely grown in Thailand, the East and West Indies, Mauritius and Thailand.

Andrographis paniculata is an annual herb whose branches are 1 1 / 2 meter to 3 meter high.

Andrographis paniculata was promoted as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial agent, blood clot prevention and some argue that it can fight and kill cancer cells. It is also used as a digestive aid, expectorant, sedative and can be used to combat pests.
This herb is considered a "cold property" herb and is often used to rid the body of toxins and fevers.
# Occasional side effects include infertility, heart palpitations and dizziness. Some may be allergic and have a more pronounced reaction. Women who are pregnant should avoid this herb as it has abortifacient properties.
Andrographis has an extensive history of use in both traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical system. It is sometimes called Indian echinacea. It is also widely used in Scandinavia to strengthen the immune system to fight colds and flu. The natural health expert Phyllis Balch and Dr. Ray Sahelian, this herb has been extensively studied for a variety of medical problems and has proven effective against a wide range of conditions.

Use of Andrographis: -

  • Heart Attack and atherosclerosis:-
A study led by Y.Z. Zhang published in the January 1994 Official Journal of Chinese modern developments concluded Andrographis has potential for the prevention of heart attacks and atherosclerosis. It inhibits the formation of blood clots and also prevents restenosis, a condition where the arteries reclog after angioplasty. Also changes the way blood vessels respond to calcium, which remain open.

  • Colds and flu:-
Andrographis has been used for thousands of years and one of the most famous applications is to stimulate immunity against colds, flu and fever. It prevents infection with rhinoviruses, which are responsible for the majority of colds. It also relieves many symptoms of these diseases, such as a runny nose, fever, sore throat, body aches and fatigue. A double-blind study conducted by D. Caceres published in a 1997 edition of Phytomedicine found that taking 200 mg per day of Can Jang, a commercially prepared supplement Andrographis, during the cold season reduced the chances of catching a cold by more than 50 percent.
  • Diarrhea and other intestinal problems:-
Andrographis is known for its ability to fight off viruses and bacteria. It is a useful supplement for the treatment of diarrhea caused by infection with the E. coli bacteria. It is also strongly against inflammation, a common symptom of many intestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease.
  • HIV / AIDS:-
Studies led by R.S. Chang performed at the University of California, that were in the May 1991 Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine published this herb was found against HIV in different ways. First, it prevents the HIV virus from attaching itself to healthy T-cells, which are vital for maintaining a good immune function. It also inhibits the ability of the virus with an enzyme that forces T-cells to make copies of the virus to activate. Finally stop the virus from activating a mechanism that causes infected T-cells to die. Since this herb many of the same functions as drugs for the treatment of this disease is doing, may contribute to reducing the amount of pharmaceuticals used, thus reducing side effects. Make sure you discuss with a doctor to reduce medication or adding anything to the treatment regimen.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis:-
This herb has potential for this condition, caused by incorrectly attacks the immune system and results in a painful inflammation of the joints to alleviate. His immune system and anti-inflammatory effects this condition can attack from many angles. A study published in the April 2009 Clinical Rheumatology showed that patients who experienced this supplement reduced pain and inflammation, improved mobility and a smaller number of swollen joints.
Considerations for use:-
This herb is best used in tablet form. For the treatment and prevention of colds and flu, a supplement called Andro Tech, which Andrographis combines with zinc and echinacea, is the best. If active in this supplement may reduce fertility in both sexes. Do not use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. This herb has a low toxicity and side effects are unlikely. Take as directed on the label.


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