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Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata), sometimes referred to as "Indian echinacea," or "chiretta," is a plant native to India and Sri Lanka traditionally used to help prevent and treat colds and other respiratory infections, as well as to sooth digestive ailments and reduce joint aches and pains. It is most commonly taken as an extract, although occasionally, crushed whole leaves have been used.

Laboratory studies have shown compounds in andrographis, called andrographolides, have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Andrographis extract has been investigated in mostly small and short-term clinical studies for reducing symptoms of respiratory infections including colds and COVID-19, as well as for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis. Laboratory research also suggests andrographis may slow cancer growth, but no clinical studies have been published.

Taken at recommended dosages, andrographis is generally well-tolerated. Side effects are typically mild and include heartburn, diarrhea, headache, and skin rash. Rarely, elevated liver enzymes and anaphylactic reactions have also been reported.

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September 12, 2021

thanks for the review. hope you may be able to review turkey tail (psk coriolous veriscolor) the hot extract variety by jhs in oregon. very strong. also see mitake and cordyceps. psk is very strong standard adjuvant therapy in china, hong kong and taiwan and japan. saw it just mentiioned in move fantastic fungi. must see documentary on netflix. thanks for your site. would appreciate chemical analysis of the mushrroms to see if he has what they say. many are fakes i think.

T Allen
September 7, 2021

I've taken Andrographis, in tincture and dry form, almost daily for 4 years for Lyme/Bart/co-infections and not only does it help with symptoms but per frequent lab work there are no issues with liver/kidney, etc. I also give it to my dog to try and prevent tick borne diseases. He did get Anaplasmosis while on it but never showed symptoms and he still doesn't have Lyme despite pulling hundreds of various species of ticks off him for years.

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