It’s a beautiful day to learn about the health benefits of Andrographis Paniculata.
This herb is popular in Ayurveda medicine. Its other names are creat, green chiretta, King of Bitter, and hempedu bumi.
Here is my list of the health benefits of Andrographis Paniculata.
1. Andrographis Paniculata Helps With Digestive Health
The anti-inflammatory properties in Andrographis Paniculata are helpful in preventing or treating certain digestive disorders like colitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Its extracts are used to treat bacillary dysentery and gastroenteritis.
2. May Help With Common Cold And Respiratory Infections
This is one of the most common uses of Andrographis Paniculata.
According to this study (Andrographis paniculata in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections), this herb is effective and safe to use to treat upper respiratory tract infections.
Other studies will tell you that Andrographis Paniculata can relieve common cold symptoms like cough, earache, fatigue, fever, and headache.
3. Andrographis Paniculata Improves Skin Health
Andrographis Paniculata is applied topically to make the skin look healthier and younger.
This can be caused by the antioxidant activity of this herb.
It helps improve the elasticity of the skin and delay the appearance of wrinkles.
You may be more familiar with ginkgo biloba. It’s also good for your skin. You can check my article about ginkgo biloba’s health benefits here.
4. Has Antibacterial Properties
Several conducted studies like this (Modulation of immune response in mice immunised with an inactivated Salmonella vaccine and gavaged with Andrographis paniculata extract or andrographolide) suggest that Andrographis Paniculata has antibacterial properties.
Other studies even mentioned that it has antiviral properties and antiparasitic properties as well.
5. Andrographis Paniculata May Help Protect The Liver
Several studies have shown that Andrographis Paniculata is able to help protect the liver as well as promote detoxification in the body.
In a study (Andrographis paniculata leaf extract prevents thioacetamide-induced liver cirrhosis in rats) conducted on mice, researchers noticed that the leaf extracts of Andrographis Paniculata have hepatoprotective effects.
6. Has Anti-inflammatory Properties
Andrographis Paniculata can be useful to people like me who’re suffering from arthritis.
Based on this study (Efficacy of an Andrographis paniculata composition for the relief of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms), this herb possesses anti-inflammatory effects that can help relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
In another study (Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic herb-drug interaction of Andrographis paniculata (Nees) extract) conducted on rats, researchers noticed anti-arthritic effects from Andrographis Paniculata extracts.
7. Andrographis Paniculata May Improve Cognitive Health
Different animal studies showed that Andrographis Paniculata can help improve the functions and health of the brain.
It works by reducing the inflammations in the brain and reducing the oxidative stress in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus.
More information can be found on “Inhibitory Effects of Ethyl Acetate Extract of Andrographis paniculata” and “Beneficial effects of an Andrographis paniculata extract and andrographolide on cognitive functions.”
These are some of the health benefits of Andrographis Paniculata that I came across while researching.
The best health benefit of Andrographis Paniculata for me is that it’s good for treating problems with arthritis.
Which one on the list do you think do you need help with?
Before you decide to use Andrographis Paniculata, you should first seek advice from your doctor or medical professional about it.
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