Sometimes referred to as the “king of bitters”, this plant was used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, having been native to South-eastern Asian countries. The leaves and underground component of the stem are most often used for its medicinal purposes.
Perhaps its most legendary claim to fame is that it was allegedly responsible for quelling the spread of the lethal flu pandemic of 1918 to 1919 throughout India, although there is no recorded proof of such. Today, it is still widely used throughout the world, thanks to its many benefits which include:
May Help Manage The Common Cold
Andrographis used in conjunction with Siberian ginseng may help support rapid recovery from the common cold, especially when taken within 72 hours after the onset of symptoms, according to results of one published study[i].
The combination may also prove superior when used in children, compared to the use of Echinacea.
May Help Reduce Sore Throat And Fever
The use of Andrographis is comparable to the pharmaceutical drug acetaminophen (paracetamol) for reducing symptoms of fever and sore throat pain[ii] associated with tonsillitis, when used over the course of 3 to 7 days according to findings of one study.
This may prove to be an interesting alternative to people looking for non-pharmaceutical ways of treating fevers or pain.
May Reduce Inflammation
The use of Andrographis in managing inflammation in humans is extremely limited at this time, but one study which investigated how it dealt with induced inflammation in rodents revealed that it possesses significant anti-inflammatory properties in vivo. This effect was said to be stronger than the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone[iii], which may be noteworthy in patients trying to avoid corticosteroid medications.
There is a high likelihood that these anti-inflammatory properties will hold true in human subjects, but until studies are done to confirm this, the jury is out.
May Possess Antimicrobial Properties
Preliminary investigations have found that Andrographis impairs growth of several pathogenic microbes in vitro (in the lab), including some of the most difficult to treat infections of the day. These include the bacteria that cause multidrug-resistant pneumonia and sepsis[iv], along with herpes simplex virus[v], and even specific parasites.
It is important to appreciate the fact that activity in the lab does not always translate to effect in humans, so do not attempt to self-treat for this specific purpose.
Andrographis generally appears to be well tolerated when consumed, and possesses a good margin of safety. Minimal side effects are reported in approximately one out of every five individuals that consume it, but accepted dosages range from as low as 20 mg to 6000 mg daily, depending on your specific use.
[i] Cceres DD(1), Hancke JL, Burgos RA, Sandberg F, Wikman GK.Use of visual analogue scale measurements (VAS) to asses the effectiveness of standardized Andrographis paniculata extract SHA-10 in reducing the symptoms of
common cold. A randomized double blind-placebo study. Phytomedicine. 1999 Oct;6(4):217-23
[ii] Thamlikitkul V(1), Dechatiwongse T, Theerapong S, Chantrakul C, Boonroj P,
Punkrut W, Ekpalakorn W, Boontaeng N, Taechaiya S, Petcharoen S, et al. Efficacy of Andrographis paniculata, Nees for pharyngotonsillitis in adults.J Med Assoc Thai. 1991 Oct;74(10):437-42.
[iii] Salim E(1), Kumolosasi E, Jantan I. Inhibitory effect of selected medicinal plants on the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated human peripheral blood mononuclear
cells. J Nat Med. 2014 Jul;68(3):647-53. doi: 10.1007/s11418-014-0841-0. Epub 2014 May 6.
[iv] Zaidan MR(1), Noor Rain A, Badrul AR, Adlin A, Norazah A, Zakiah I. In vitro screening of five local medicinal plants for antibacterial activity using disc diffusion method. Trop Biomed. 2005 Dec;22(2):165-70.
[v] Wiart C(1), Kumar K, Yusof MY, Hamimah H, Fauzi ZM, Sulaiman M. Antiviral properties of ent-labdene diterpenes of Andrographis paniculata nees,inhibitors of herpes simplex virus type 1.Phytother Res. 2005 Dec;19(12):1069-70.
Serving Size: 1.0000g
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Mix 1 serve with 250mL of water and mix well with a shaker.
Please note that the nutritional profile will vary according to your flavour selection.
Lab Test Results
Product quality and transparency is at the heart of our values. Below you will find the independent third-party lab tests we have published relevant to this product.
Ingredient Lab TestsAndrographis: Lab test date: 19/03/20
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