Andrographis Paniculata, known as ‘The King of Bitters,’ is traditionally used in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine.
Andrographis paniculata, commonly known as Creat, Nilavembu, Green chireta, Chuan Xin Lian, Kirayat, King of Bitters, kalmegh, India echinacea, sambiloto, kiryat, is a small herbaceous and evergreen plant of the family Acanthaceae or subfamily Acanthoideae and is native to Sri Lanka and India. The plant is about 30-100 cm (12-43 inches) in height.
It is also used in traditional medicine. The study shows that this plant helps to counteract the diseases such as infections, cancer, heart attacks, blood clots, diabetes, herpes, cold, gall bladder ailments, flu and fever. It also helps to prevent the allergies.
For the centuries, King of Bitters is used in India, Thailand, China and Asian countries. It is used to eliminate toxins and fevers.
TRADITIONAL USES FOR INCLUDES;
It is used since ancient times in tribal medicine of India.
The plant of King of Bitters possesses febrifuge, alternative, tonic, stomachic, cholagogue and anthelmintic properties.
It treats the liver complaints, constipation, colic, cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia, diabetes, general debility, hyper acidity, hookworm infestation, bronchitis, influenza, piles, malaria, swellings, gonorrhea, itches, scabies, stomachache and stomach disorders.
It is an aid for jaundice and torpid liver.
It is a cure for poisons of snake venom.
The infusion of leaves provides relief from griping, loss of appetite and irregular bowels.
It helps to cure the respiratory infections such as sinusitis and common cold.
It treats influenza, bronchitis, fever and tonsillitis.
Traditionally, it was used to improve immune function, urinary infections and acute diarrhea.
It helps to enhance immunity and used to purify the blood purifier.
It is also used to treat cholera and leprosy.
It is the treatment for skin infection, boils, scabies and patches.
The leaf extract helps to eliminate the stomach worms.
It treats the scorpion and snake bite.
It is used against heart disease and reduces high blood sugar.
--The pregnant and breast feeding women should not use King of Bitters.
It might increase the auto-immune disease symptoms.
-- King of Bitters might slow down the clotting of blood. This increases the chances of bleeding.
-- It lowers the blood pressure. So it is not safe for the patients of low blood pressure.
-- It should not be used by the patients with gallbladder, kidney, cardiac, high blood pressure patients.
It could worsen the ulcers or lead to heartburn.
It could result to rashes or lose motions. In such cases, one should discontinue its use