Kalmegh Or Andrographis Paniculata is a very important medicinal plant of the traditional medicine system. Kalmegh is found growing wild throughout the plains and hills of tropical India, from Uttar Pradesh to Kerala, and also in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and all Southeast Asian countries. All part of the plant is extremely bitter due to which plant is known as “King of bitter”. This plant is called Hempedu Bumi (meaning bile of earth) in Malaysia. In Ayurveda, Kalmegh is used in various ailments related to vitiated Pitta/ Kapha in the Liver, Skin, and Intestine. As per the Ayurvedic principle excess, Pitta causes disturbance in liver enzymes, which leads to inflammation in cells & thus viral load increases in the whole body. This raises body temperature & fever symptoms sets in, in such a situation Kalmegh / Andrographis powder is useful.
Kalmegh supports anti-viral & anti-bacterial action which helps in reducing fever and muscular & body pain.
Kalmegh is especially useful in treating liver-related diseases. It exhibits hepato-protective and hepato-stimulative properties. In the traditional medicine system, an aqueous extract of Kalmegh is given for jaundice. Kalmegh/ Andrographis is bitter in taste which helps to digest the food & prevents the formation of flatulency & toxic waste in the body. Kalmegh activates the detoxifying function of the Liver & helps in cleansing liver cells. Kalmegh has also shown blood cleansing & skin purifying properties. Kalmegh/ Andrographis powder when used with anti-oxidants like Amla helps to eliminate free harmful radicles and regenerate Liver cells.
Scientific Study of Kalmegh/ Andrographis has shown the presence of Diterpenes (major component is Andrographolide) & flavonoids, which supports Anti-inflammation, analgesic & high blood glucose (postprandial) reducing properties. The study also proved anti-bacterial & anti-viral action of aqueous extract of kalmegh/ Andrographis.
One herb, many benefits – Following are the benefits and uses of kalmegh herb –
Reduces Pitta and Kapha; increases Vata.
Main channels involved:
Digestive system circulatory system, respiratory system, urinary tract, hepatic system
Indications for use:
Toxins in the blood, toxins in the liver, low liver energy, hepatitis jaundice, ascites, cold, fever, flu, sinus infection, lung congestion, allergies, thirst, shortness of breath, inflammation, arthritis, parasites, ringworm, fungal infection, candida, diarrhea, skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and acne, digestive disorders, inflammation in the GI tract, ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, UTI, herpes, mouth sores, HIV, blood clotting disorder, hypertension, excessive weight, sweet tooth, cancer prevention.
Below are the various types of Kalmegh for consumption-
Kalmegh organic herb:
Organic Andrographis herb has been used for liver complaints and fever, and as an anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant.
Andrographis or Kalmegh extract contains bitters, andrographolides. It is a very good drug for liver diseases. Due to bitter taste and almost the same properties, it is taken as a substitute for Swertia chirayata. Supports immunity, relief from viral fever, low blood sugar.
Kalmegh powder contains bitters useful to increase immunity in various infectious diseases. It helps to digest toxins and purify liver cells. It helps as anti-inflammation, laxative agent and reduce fever.
King of bitters herb:
Kalmegh has been used for liver complaints and fever, and as an anti-inflammatory and immuno-stimulant. Kalmegh contains andrographolides and bitters.
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