The chiretta plant is only one of the countless herbs that scientists have their eyes as having untapped unleash its full potential in treating various diseases and conditions. More commonly known as Andrographis paniculata (or Andrographis for short), the plant from Acanthaceae family is more famous in the Eastern countries especially in India, Sri Lanka, and China where it originally came from.
Herbal Powers believes in the plant’s ability to treat and/or manage a wide range of conditions including, but not limited to microbial infection, cancer, diabetes, allergies, bites, gastrointestinal, heart and liver diseases.
While Andrographis’ activity against the aforementioned diseases requires further study, the plant may actually be of help in the management of common colds, simple fever, and ulcerative colitis which is an inflammatory bowel disease.
The usual dose that patients with common colds take contains about 4 to 5.6 mg of andrographolide, the active constituent of the plant, with 400 mg more of Siberian ginseng. The dose is taken every eight hours daily. Patients with fever and tonsillitis need about a dose of 3 to 6 grams every day.
Still, these findings are from a controlled study. To know the right dose for you, consult your doctor first.
One research about Andrographis used rats to show data for its safety and gave promising results. The plant was “relatively safe” for use. However, the study was not enough to conclude the same for pregnant and lactating mothers.
Especially when used only for a limited time, the plant may be safe even up to three months of taking it. Otherwise, it may cause allergies, increased enzymes of the liver, or inflamed lymph nodes as part of the many side effects it can cause.
Interactions with other drugs
Siberian ginseng is probably the only product a patient can take Andrographis with. A patient also cannot have Andrographis together with drugs that lower blood pressure because the plant itself has an antihypertensive property already.
The same principle applies when a patient has an anticoagulant in his system because it may cause uncontrolled bleeding and bruising as the plant also promotes blood flow.
Andrographis will also boost the immunity of the patient which can defeat the purpose of immunosuppressant when the patient is in one.
There are studies still going on about the plant, but ParActin® is already available (and patented) in the market which people use to relieve pain and swelling of a part of the body.