|ANDROGRAPHIS - Andrographis paniculata
Traditional use: antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, general immune stimulant
This herb is widely used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, where it is used against colds, flu, and other respiratory infections, as well as against more serious conditions such as malaria and typhoid. In recent studies, Andrographis showed activity against herpes, HIV, and some cancers.
Andrographis came to our attention as part of a very effective natural protocol for Lyme Disease, which is increasingly a problem on the West Coast where we live. The use of Andrographis for Lyme follows the TCM idea of clearing out toxic heat as the first step in recovery. Andrographis is a powerful anti-toxicity herb, and also has direct action against spirochetes, the difficult to kill organisms at the root of the disease.
Andrographis also works to support the liver, lessen pain and inflammation, and boost the immune system from the spiral of decline that Lyme disease can create. Used in conjunction with Japanese Knotweed and sometimes Cat's Claw, Andrographis can be a very effective key to healing.
Note that some adverse and allergic reactions have been reported with Andrographis, including rashes and hives. Red Root can reduce this in some people, and discontinuing Andrographis generally ends the rashes within a week or so.