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Andrographis paniculata is an extremely bitter, herbaceous plant in the family Acanthaceae, native to India and Sri Lanka. The Tamils have been using Nilavempu - as it is called in Tamil - for centuries.

Widely cultivated in southern Asia, it is used to treat infections and some diseases. Andrographis has been shown to be a safe traditional botanical for supporting upper respiratory tract health, per analysis of seven double-blind controlled trials. In one Chilean study, the herb had a significant drying effect on the nasal secretions of cold sufferers who took 1,200 milligrams of andrographis extract daily for five days.

The following properties have been identified:


Andrographis is normally used as an ingredient in the following Healthelicious products: