Health Notes


Also indexed as:Andrographis paniculata
Andrographis: Main Image © Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Andrographis paniculata


Andrographis originated in the plains of India, and it also grows in China. The leaves and flowers are used medicinally.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Clinically relevant conditions Dosage Indications
Common Cold and Sore Throat
A standardised extract providing 60 mg per day of active constituents in three divided doses 3 stars [3 stars]
Andrographis contains bitter constituents that are believed to have immune-stimulating and anti-inflammatory actions.
Immune Function
48 to 60 mg andrographolides in two to three divided doses daily 3 stars [3 stars]
Andrographis, with its immune system–enhancing actions, has been shown to reduce the severity of the common cold and may prevent the onset of a cold in healthy people.
48 to 60 mg andrographolides in two to three divided doses per day 3 stars [3 stars]
Andrographis supports the immune system and protects against microbes.
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Andrographis, a traditional Indian herb, has been shown to help people with chronic viral hepatitis.
HIV and AIDS Support
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
A trial of isolated andrographolides, found in andrographis, showed that they decreased viral load and increased CD4 lymphocyte levels in people with HIV infection.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star]
Andrographis acts as a digestive stimulant and may be helpful for indigestion.

Historical or Traditional Use

Andrographis has long been used in traditional Indian and Chinese herbal medicine. The most common reported uses were for digestive problems (as is the case with most non-toxic bitter herbs such as andrographis), snakebite, and infections ranging from malaria to dysentery.1, 2 Interestingly, some of these uses have been validated by modern scientific research. Although the roots were sometimes used in traditional medicine, the leaves and flowers are now more commonly used.

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