Warning: Although Andrographis paniculata is known
to have very low toxicity, it should, like sanguinaria (bloodroot),
be avoided by women who are pregnant or who wish to become
It exhibits antifertility effects. |
Andrographis paniculata -- Code 850 -- Price: $29.95 --
Andrographis Plus-- Code 855 -- Price: $29.95 -- 90 Capsules
(Both 1 month's supply: 850 is taken 1x / day; 855, 3x / day).
Andrographis paniculata is an ancient medicinal herb with
an extensive ethnobotanical history in Asia. This web page will
direct you to links showing conclusive studies in its use against
cancer, AIDS, and a variety of bacterial and virally induced
diseases. Our interest at Alpha Omega Labs stems from
what we believe to be its synergistic effect in working with
some of the North American herbs in Cansema
Capsules (and Tonic), which users use to treat internal
cancer. It should be pointed out that our belief in this regard
is anecdotal, the result of working with users of Cansema, and
not on any peer reviewed double-blind studies.
A brief history: Andrographis paniculata has a long
history of reported successful use in various Asian cultures -
(see Traditional Andrographis Use Table).
It is found through Chinese medicinal literature, modern and
ancient; it is prominently listed in the Indian Pharmacopoeia.
A member of the Acanthaceae plant family, it is also
widely used in Scandinavian countries to treat and even prevent
Chemical Components & Their Effects:
We know that Andrographis contains compounds
that are analgesic (kills pain), antithrombotic (prevents blood
clots), thrombolytic (breaks up blood clots), hypoglycemic
(reduces blood sugar), and antipyretic (reduces fever). So,
most of Andrographis' traditional uses have a scientific basis.
Its most significant physiological effect is that of a
"signal transducer," that is, it stops the unregulated cell growth
caused by viruses (which may be why HIV sufferers are reported
to show improvement with its regular use). Its most active
component is andrographolide (see empirical formula at
left), a colorless, bitter crystalline compound. Termed a
"diterpene lactone" to describe its ringlike structure, this
substance accumulates primarily in the brain, spleen, heart,
and lungs. It is absorbed and excreted from the body quickly:
80% is removed within eight hours; 90%, within forty-eight
Effects on Cancer:
Andrographis is a potent stimulator of immune
response through two mechanisms: (1) antigen-specific response,
that is, where antibodies are made to counteract an invading
microorganism, and (2) nonspecific immune response,
where the body's macrophage cells scavenge and destroy intruders.
These mechanisms make Andrographis effective against
a variety of infectious and cancer-causing agents. So
extensive are the studies on the medicinal benefits of
Andrographis that we have a
separate In-Depth Review
page to cover its well-established characteristics.