Andrographis paniculata, known as the "King of Bitters" has a long history of use in Asia to treat fevers, infections, herpes and other chronic diseases. Dozens of studies have been performed to test its efficacy on cancer, blood sugar, the avian bird flu virus and HIV.
Geography This plant grows in many areas including India, southeastern Asia, Indonesia and Pakistan but is broadly cultivated in Thailand, the East and West Indies, Mauritius and Thailand.
Identification Andrographis paniculata is an annual herb whose branches stand from 1 1/2 feet to 3 feet high.
Benefits Andrographis paniculata has been touted as a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial agent, blood clot preventative and some people claim it can fight and kill cancer cells. It is also used as a digestive aid, expectorant, sedative and can be used to combat parasites.
Features This herb is considered to be a "cold property" herb and is often used to rid the body of fevers and toxins.
Considerations Occasional side effects are 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.
Prevention/Solution Scandinavian countries use the bitter herb in formulas to prevent and treat common colds.
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