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ANDROGRAPHIS (LAT. ANDROGRAPHIS PANICULATA)

Commone names:

Adrographis, Green chiretta, Andrographis paniculata, Chuan Xin Lian, indyjska: Maha-tita.

 

Traditional uses of Andrographis paniculata in the treatment of Lyme disease:

Essentially, in Lyme disease Andrographis paniculata has the following effect:

  • kills Lyme disease spirochetes
  • has anti-inflammatory properties – helpful with joint symptoms
  • easily crosses the blood-brain barrier and accumulates in the tissues of the central nervous system – in the brain, spinal cord and cerebrospinal fluid
  • has specific anti-inflammatory effects on the central nervous system
  • protects and treats neurological aspects of Lyme disease
  • crossing the blood-brain barrier, not only kills spirochetes, but also acts as a sedative
  • is helpful in combating other symptoms of Lyme disease, including: headaches, confusion, chronic fatigue
  • stimulates the immune response to infection
  • modulates autoimmune reactions
  • facilitates the functioning of liver and protects it
  • protects the heart muscle
  • due to the extensive systemic action on the body, it protects it from damage caused by infection, as well as kills spirochetes in places where they nested and at the same time provides general, systemic strengthening of immunity.

 

Side effects:

Andrographis paniculata can cause mild constipation. It cannot be used in active gallbladder disease. Very high doses may cause gastric disorders. Very rare: dizziness, palpitations, allergic reactions (literature reports only two cases in India of an allergic reaction to this herb). If side reactions occur, reduce the dose or discontinue use of this herb. One of the in vitro studies on rats indicated that the use of this herb reduces sperm production. After discontinuation, the reported level of sperm production returned to normal. Further work did not confirm these results, but because the case was noted in literature, this herb is sometimes mentioned as inhibiting the production of androgen and sperm.

 

Contraindications:

Andrographis paniculata cannot be used by pregnant women, they act as an abortifacient. It also works contraceptively: it inhibits progesterone production. It cannot be used by women who want to get pregnant.

 

Interactions:

Andrographis paniculata may increase the effect of isoniazid – a pharmaceutical used in tuberculosis.

 

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