Thursday, March 15, 2012

Andrographis - King of Bitters

By Regenerative Nutrition

Andrographis Paniculata, The King of Bitters, is indeed a master herb and as such is used in 26 different Ayurvedic formulations to treat liver disorders. The herb improves liver and gall bladder function, increases bile flow (thereby aiding digestion), and has been found to be as effective as silymarin (the active component of Milk Thistle) in aiding liver function when the liver is toxic or under stress. As a potent anti-bacterial and anti-viral herb it may be used to help overcome the effects of Hepatitis.

 Andrographis paniculata

It is also a potent anti-inflammatory, helps boost the immune system, protects against cancer, prevents blood clots and maintains efficient digestive functioning.

Activates fibrinolysis, a natural process in the body in which blood clots are dissolved. It also relaxes the smooth muscle in the walls of blood to help lower blood pressure.

Major affinities are for the heart, liver, gall bladder and to aid digestion and to help boost immune system and eliminate infections including malaria.

May also be used as part of a gallstone removal program. 

Andrographis paniculata

As an Ayurveda herb it is known as Kalmegh or Kalamegha, meaning "dark cloud". It is also known as Bhui-neem, meaning "neem of the ground", since the plant, though being a small annual herb, has a similar strong bitter taste as that of the large Neem tree (Azadirachta indica).

In Malaysia, it is known as Hempedu Bumi, which literally means 'bile of earth' since it is one of the most bitter plants that are used in traditional medicine.

Since ancient times, King of Bitters has been used in traditional Siddha and Ayurvedic systems of medicine as well as in tribal medicine in India and some other countries for multiple clinical applications. The therapeutic value of Kalmegh is due to its mechanism of action which is perhaps by enzyme induction.

Andrographis is an herbal medicine derived from the Andrographis Paniculata shrub grown the moist, shady areas of India, China and throughout Southeast Asia. It is commonly referred to as 'Indian Echinacea' and is a popular Ayervedic and Chinese household remedy for the common cold, digestive issues, upper respiratory tract infections, flu and other sicknesses typified by fever. Although its use dates back easily a thousand years in these ancient medical traditions, there is a more recent historical reference to its potency.

In the Indian flu epidemic of 1919, the herb Andrographis is credited with the reversal of its onslaught. More recently, it popularity has spread to Scandinavia, where its dosages have been standardized and it has been widely recommended by doctors for two decades as a common remedy in treating these same winter ailments. As research increases, so does our understanding of Andrographis' many activities and indications are that it may even play a role in cardiovascular and cancer treatments.

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