कालमेघ (Andrographis Peniculata)
Common Name: कालमेघ, महातीता, महाभांग,
Part Used: Leaves and Root
It shows hepatoprotective and potent anti-inflammatory effects and antioxidant action. It improves non-specific immune response. Although both andrographis and beta glucan effective immune enhancers, Extracts of andrographis,have been shown to stimulate powerful immune responses in living creatures. The immune response may be specific directed at a microbial invader already present in the body, or generally, strengthening the immune system in preparation against future infections. Andrographis strongly stimulates phagocytosis and the production of specific antibodies.
It has been traditionally used to treat infections and some diseases in Southern and Southeastern Asia. Mostly the leaves and roots are used for medicinal purposes. It shows hepatoprotective action.
The whole plant has astringent, anodyne, antinflammatory, immunosuppressive and alexipharmic properties and useful in diarrhea, cholera, fever, diabetes, consumption, influenza, coryza, cough, sore throat, tonsillitis, ostiodynia, bronchitis, itches, artheralgia, mensural and ganorrhoea.
|• Digestive||Promotes digestion|
|• Hepatoprotective||Protects the liver and gall bladder.|
|• Vermicidal||Kills intestinal worms & support intestine|
|• Anti-acne||Protect skin from pimples|
|• Analgesic||Pain killer|
|• Anti-inflammatory||Reduces swelling and cuts down exudation from capillaries|
|• Antibacterial||Fights bacterial activity. Although Andrographis appears to have weak direct antibacterial action, it has remarkably beneficial effect in reducing diarrhea and symptoms arising from bacterial infections.|
|• Expectorant||Promotes mucus discharge from the respiratory system.|
|• Hypoglycemic||Blood sugar reducer.|
|• Immune System||Emproves|
|• Laxative||Aids bowel elimination|
|• Sedative||A relaxing herb, though not with the same effect as the accepted herbal sedatives, valerian roots, hops, skullcap, etc.|