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Indian Echinacea, Kalmegh (Andrographis Paniculata) - Uses, Benefits

Andrographis paniculata

Andrographis paniculata is also known as Kalmegh and is native to India, Echinacea was traditionally used by the Indians for a variety of conditions, from colds to snake bites. It was considered to be a blood purifier, analgesic, liver and kidney support, and antiseptic. Another variety, Echinacea purpurea, was used in Europe for similar purposes. The root, flowers and leaves of the plant contain many ingredients that boost the activity of the immune system and it is this property that enables echinacea to be helpful in such a variety of conditions.

Scientific Classification

  • Latin Name : Andrographis paniculata
  • Sanskrit Name: Kariyat
  • Kingdom : Plantae
  • Division : Angiospermae
  • Class : Dicotilydonae.
  • Order : Tubiflorae.
  • Family : Acanthaceae
  • Parts used : Leaves and stems

Active Constituents

The chief constituent present in Andrographis paniculata is the andrographolides which belong to the diterpene lactones group. The maximum amount of andrographolides is found in the leaves, thus a bitter taste. The leaves also contain other diterpene lactones such as neoandrographolide, andrographiside etc. and flavonoids i.e. oroxylin, wogonin etc.

For instance, it can help build up resistance to colds and infections and has been found to increase the number and activity of the white blood cells of the immune system, which fight cancer cells. Due to its wide-ranging effects on the immune system, echinacea is also recommended in cases of herpes, throat infections, vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, inflammatory diseases and bronchitis.

The herb has recently become increasingly popular and is now available as a supplement in health food stores.

To buy Kalmegh Powder, please visit

Planet Ayurveda Products that Use the Herb Andrographis Paniculata

Indian Echinacea Capsules

Indian Echinacea capsules by Planet Ayurveda is an excellent herbal supplement useful in Liver as well as kidney disease. It is a natural cleanser of the blood and removes various toxins like urea, uric acid, creatinine, high cholesterol from the blood and improves the functions of liver and kidneys.

The information below is on some nutritients and other herbs. You can read about Echinacea capsules at the above mentioned link.


1 - 2 Capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

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