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Andrographis Paniculata (Kalmegh) - Uses, Benefits & Dosage

Andrographis paniculata
  • Botanical name: Andrographis paniculata
  • Common name: Andrographis, Kalmegh, King of Bitters

Andrographis is a shrub found throughout India and other Asian countries. This is a well-known drug Kalmegh 'green chiretta', and forms a principal ingredient of a household medicine, used as a bitter tonic. Andrographis was used in history for the Indian flu epidemic in 1919, during which it was known for reversing the spread of the disease. Now Andrographis is known all over for its ability to treat cold. Andrographis has also been used for many centuries to treat upper respiratory tract infections, fever, sore throat and a variety of other chronic and infectious diseases. Andrographis has proven helpful in combination with antibiotics for people with dysentery, a severe form of diarrhea.

Parts Used

Herb leaves and roots are used within the different traditional applications.

Uses of Andrographis

  • Natural and Alternative Remedies for Liver
  • Fatty Liver disease
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Liver cancer
  • Helps in detoxification of liver
  • Various types of liver diseases

Benefits of Andrographis

  1. Andrographis has an anti-infective
  2. Antiviral
  3. Antidiarrheal
  4. Antipyretic
  5. Analgesic activity
  6. Immunostimulant
  7. Anti-inflammatory
  8. For the prophylactic and symptomatic treatment of upper respiratory tract infections
  9. Common cold
  10. Uncomplicated sinusitis
  11. Pneumonia
  12. Bronchitis
  13. Pharyngo-tonsilitis
  14. Colic pain
  15. Eczema
  16. Extracts of Andrographis stimulate antibody production and also enhanced nonspecific immune responses such as macrophage phagocytosis.
  17. Fever
  18. Sore throat
  19. Herpes
  20. Various other infectious and chronic disease
  21. Effective painkiller
  22. Prevents the blood clot formations (Anti-thrombotic)
  23. Lower the blood sugar
  24. Stops diarrhea
  25. Lowers the blood pressure
  26. Reduces the incidence of ulcers
  27. Protects the liver against the toxic substance
  28. Anti-tumor properties
  29. Implicated in the treatment of cancer
  30. Abortifacient (can abort pregnancy)
  31. Anti-inflammatory (reduces the swelling and cuts down the exudation from the capillaries)
  32. Antibacterial
  33. Counteracts periodic or intermittent diseases as malaria
  34. Cardio protective
  35. Cleanses and purifies the system
  36. Promotes digestion
  37. Expectorant
  38. Protects liver and gall bladder
  39. Laxative
  40. Vermicide (kills the intestinal worms)
  41. Sedative
  42. Filaricidal

Various Other Benefits of Andrographis

  1. Effects on the nervous system: Many compounds do not penetrate the blood-brain barrier. However, andrographolide a chemical constituent of Andrographis does so and concentrates in the brain and particularly in the spinal cord.
  2. Effects on the respiratory system: Andrographis is used to treat tonsillitis, respiratory infections and tuberculosis.
  3. Effect on other diseases: Leptospirosis is a disease caused by the bacterium Leptospira interrogens. Infection with this organism results in fever, hemorrhagic (blood-containing) lesions, central nervous system dysfunction and jaundice. The efficacy of Andrographis in patients treated with its chemical constituents is very much convincing for its manifested activity.
  4. Chorioepithelioma is a highly malignant tumor derived from the placenta. It is surrounded by "lakes" of blood. Hemorrhagic metastases develop relatively early in the course of the illness, and are frequently found in the lungs, liver, brain, vagina and various other pelvic organs, one where a hydatidiform mole is present. The malignant cells that form the placenta. Andrographis was found to have a unique effect on these conditions.
  5. For colds and flu: A traditional Asian medicine used as an immune system booster, Andrographis paniculata is having significant activity in fighting common cold, flu and upper respiratory infections.
  6. Anti-inflammatory: Andrographis paniculata contains anti-inflammatory properties. Andrographolide, an active component of Andrographis paniculata, inhibits inflammation.
  7. Anti-tumor: Andrographis paniculata has anti-carcinogenicity properties.
  8. In Diabetes: The extracts of Andrographis possesses anti-diabetic property. Its anti-diabetic effect may be attributed at least in part to increase glucose metabolism.
  9. On the Immune system: Andrographis has an anti-microbial activity and have a positive effect on the immune system. This herb has demonstrated significant activity in fighting common cold, flu and upper respiratory tract infections.
  10. As an Anti-oxidant and liver protector: Andrographis has also indicated antioxidant and hepatoprotective actions.

Andrographis Effects on Cancer

Andrographis is a Potent Stimulator of Immune Response Through Two Mechanisms:-

  1. Antigen-specific response that is antibodies are made to counteract an invading microorganism.
  2. Nonspecific immune response, where the body's macrophage cells scavenge and destroy intruders. These mechanisms make Andrographis effective against a variety of infectious and cancer-causing agents.

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Andrographis Uses in Natural Medicine

Andrographis makes one of the best Liver Detox Products, as it is one of the best herb for Liver. This herb was used as a natural Liver cleanser in ancient times. It makes one of the excellent fatty liver remedies, without any side effects.

Herbal Product containing Andrographis Paniculata

Planet Ayurveda has developed many Herbal Remedies for Fatty Liver, Cirrhosis of Liver and various Liver Disorders. We have developed natural and alternative remedies for Liver Problems such as Yakrit Plihantak Churna. We are one of the few companies who are providing best natural remedies for liver problems, Cirrhosis of Liver and various other liver disorders.

Yakrit Plihantak Churna

Yakrit Plihantak Churna (Yakrit means liver and Pliha means Spleen) is an herbal mixture of rare herbs to improve liver function. It helps the liver in clearing away the toxins. This churna regenerates the liver cells and prevents liver failure. It is useful in liver cirrhosis, jaundice, liver damage due to alcohol, toxins and infection. The herb Katuki increases the bile production and excretion whereas Makoy, Bhringraj and Kalmegh improve liver function. Punarnava and Bhumi amla regenerate liver cells and are useful in liver enlargement and inflammation. Giloy is immunomodulator and corrects liver metabolism. The combination of herbs is a wonderful remedy for all liver problems.

It contains excellent herbs for gall bladder cleaning and clears gall stones naturally.

Herbs in Yakrit-Plihantak Churna

Yakritplihantak Churna is purely an herbal formulation without any chemicals added into it. The ingredients are frequently used in Ayurvedic system of medicine since 5,000 B.C. without any side effects.

Ayurvedic Energetics of this Product

Vata + Pitta - Kapha -


  • Useful in Alcoholic liver disease
  • Enlarged spleen and Fatty liver
  • High Cholesterol, Diabetes (Type I & II)
  • Gall bladder Stones
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Pitta (Excessive heat) disorders
  • Constipation

Dosage and Methods of Administration

1/2 to 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after meals.

Ingredients in Yakrit-Plihantak Churna

S. No. Herb Used English Name Latin Name Part Used Quantity
1. Bhumi Amla Feather Foll Phyllanthus niruri Whole 70 gm
2. Bhringraj Eclipta Eclipta alba Whole 30 gm
3. Kalmegh King of Bitters Andrographis paniculata Whole 45 gm
4. Sharpunkha Purple Tephrosia Tephrosia purpurea Roots 30 gm
5. Kaasni Chicory Cichorium intybus Roots 25 gm

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