Andrographis paniculata is an annual herbaceous plant having bitter taste. It is a native to India and Sri Lanka. It grows in hot and humid plains and hilly areas in the tropical and subtropical regions. It is mainly produced in Guangdong, Fujian province of China and cultivated at north and south Yangtze River regions.
Andrographis paniculata provides protection to the liver.
The leaf extract of the plant has been traditionally used as bitter tonic and blood purifier.
It shows antibacterial and antioxidant properties, largely due to one of its active phytochemicals andrographolide.
According to research studies, andrographolide also shows anti-inflammatory properties and provides protection against liver fibrosis.
Ayurveda Insight on Kalmegh
Kalmegh has tikta, katu rasa, katu vipaka, sheeta virya and laghu, ruksha properties. It alleviates Kapha-Pitta doshas. It is jvaraghna, raktashodhaka, vranashodhaka, saraka, trishnahara in action. It is useful in Shotha, Daha, Jvara, Krimiroga, Kandu, Kushtha, Meha, Trishna and Vrana.