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Andrographis Herb

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Other Names

  • Andrographis Herb
  • Andrographus
  • Andrographis paniculata herba

Pin Yin Name

  • Chuan Xin Lian

About Andrographis 

Andrographis paniculata is commonly used in China, India and various Southeast Asian countries. Both the fresh and dried leaves, as well as the fresh juice of the whole plant have been used in a variety of traditions. It is an excellent herbal remedy! It is commonly used as a wintertime herb. Andrographis in cut form may be used as a tea or mixed into a formula.

Andrographis (also known as “king of bitters") is one of the most bitter herbs on the market. Andrographis is a member of the plant family Acanthaceae. The active phytochemicals are found in the leaves of the plant. The most medicinally active phytochemicals are andrographolide, deoxyandrographolide and neoandrographolide. In Sweden, andrographis has been used for more than ten years as a primary herb for the winter season. It is extremely bitter.


  • Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Use with caution in spleen deficient patients with a tendency to loose stools, diarrhea, poor appetite, or chronic digestive weakness.
  • Use with caution in hemorrhagic disorders or with patients on anti-coagulant therapy.

How to Use

Capsules Teas & Infusions Decoctions Extracts & Tinctures   


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