Native to India, andrographis offers antiviral, antibacterial, and antiparasitic properties. It is widely used in the treatment of Lyme disease. Beyond Lyme disease, numerous clinical trials have demonstrated the ability of andrographis to reduce the length and severity of common viral illnesses. It has shown activity against viral hepatitis B and C and Chlamydia. Andrographis has been used for dysentery and shows activity against pathogenic strains of E. coli. It is active against common roundworms and tapeworms. In a 2011 study, andrographis was found to be beneficial for ulcerative colitis (as compared to drug, mesalazine).
Additional benefits include immune enhancement and cardioprotective effects. Andrographis also offers significant liver protection. In vivo and in vitro studies confirm that Andrographis enhances natural killer cells (NK cells) and cell-mediated immunity, while reducing proinflammatory cytokines.
Excellent antiviral and antibacterial properties, important for treating Lyme disease, and important for gastrointestinal restoration. Provides coverage against viral relapse.
Suggested dosage: 200-800 mg, extract standardized to 10-30% andrographolides two to three times daily.
Side effects: About 1% of people who take andrographis develop an allergic reaction with whole-body hives and itching skin (higher percentage than most herbs). The reaction will resolve gradually over several weeks after stopping use of the herb.
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