Andrographis paniculata is a herb that has been around for a long time. Its bitter taste has earned it the name “King of Bitters.” It is grown in Asia and is quite popular in Indian and Chinese traditional medicine. You can identify it from its white-purple flowers.
Andrographis contains a special ingredient called andrographolides. It is the andrographolides that give this herb its anti-inflammatory, anti-malarial, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties.
Some of the health benefits associated with it include:
- Treatment of common cold
- sore throats
- and a variety of respiratory diseases such as bronchitis
It can be used in the treatment of malaria instead of quinine.
It can also effectively cure diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, swollen lymph nodes and headaches among others.Andrographis though bitter has proven to improve the body’s immunity level. It stimulates the body’s natural immune systems. It reduces blood sugar concentration with its antioxidant properties. This is quite helpful in controlling diabetes.
Research in china has it that it aids in preventing blood clotting. This makes it useful in the treatment of heart attacks and atherosclerosis. It is also good for the liver. It protects the live and is effective in the treatment of liver and gall bladder conditions such as jaundice, liver congestion, viral hepatitis and sluggish liver.