Years ago, I trained as a Western herbalist in traditional herbs such as Goldenseal and Garlic. I used these traditional herbs for years until I got sick with Chronic Lyme disease.
Those traditional herbs I had used for years, did not work on Lyme disease. While researching Lyme disease, after my lab tests and diagnosis, I found Dr. Rawls and his herbal protocols including Ayurvedic and adaptogen herbs. Dr Rawls had been through the Lyme disease journey after his diagnosis and fight for a treatment to get well.
I was not familiar with most of the Ayurvedic herbs at that point. Dr. Rawls book, Unlocking Lyme Disease, led me to a whole new world of Adaptogen herbs and medicinal mushrooms that can make all the difference in the world in your recovery from Lyme and other diseases. Medicinal mushrooms were also part of that discovery of new possibilities in supporting your health, immune system and brain function. It proves there is so much in this world to learn about and discover to live longer and healthier.
Andographis is one of Dr. Rawls core herbs in his protocols for overcoming the effects of Lyme disease. It made a huge impact on my recovery and health. So, in today’s post, I want to introduce you to Andographis, an amazing adaptogen and tool to gain back your health.
Andographis is the “King of Bitters“. We buy the bulk product from Banyan, then put the powder in capsules. Banyan does carry much of their products in tablets which I don’t digest well.
Banyan herbs is one of the only companies that tests their bulk powders for heavy metals, toxins, and other contamination. That is important for products coming from India and other countries. When the Andrographis powder is scooped out, you can taste it in all your senses, and it is more bitter than Goldenseal. That is why most people consume it in capsules.
Although Andographis contains many compounds that make up its incredible healing properties, andrographolide is the main compound that has been researched.
Andrographolide is what makes Andrographis extremely bitter and comes from the leaves. It is the leaves that have been more researched and tested than the root. This herb has been used in India for thousands of years by Ayurvedic doctors with their people.
Andrographis has been studied and researched extensively!
Andrographis has been studied extensively in India and China over the years. These hundreds of published research studies are double blind and well documented. The problem in the US, is that these studies are not accepted. Furthermore, doctors cannot make money advising people to take herbs. They have no background in nutrition or herbal medicine generally. They are taught in medical school about prescription drugs, surgery, and standard treatments with side effects that in some cases are worse than the illness they are prescribing the drugs for. Drug companies can make no money from using herbs in treatment, but herbs are used by doctors in many countries including India, China, Japan and others.
Learn about Andographis-An amazing versatile herb for health and healing below:
Andrographis is used in India for viral and bacterial health problems.
In the United States, Andrographis is best known as an herb that boosts your immunity against both viruses and bacterial infections. Yes, it is effective against viral infections where antibiotics are not. This includes colds, flu, and other viral illnesses. It has been shown in several double-blind studies to quickly reduce the symptoms such as fatigue, sore throat, coughs and other symptoms very quickly. It is used in India to fight HIV infections and the herpes virus that causes cold sores on your mouth and fever blisters.
Liver Support Health
In both China and India, Andrographis is used by doctors there to treat liver diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver. Research shows it reduces toxins in the liver. This research was published in the Journal, PLOS One along with several other research articles on Andrographis.
Andrographis is used in India to help soothe many kinds of digestive issues from stomach inflammation to gastric and intestinal ulcers.
Andrographis has been shown to help in fighting melanoma skin cancers, tumors, brain cancer, pancreatic cancer and other cancers by reducing inflammation, oxidation of cells, cancer cell replication and cancer cell invasion. Andographolide is the main constituent that has been studied in the research fight against cancer. That does not mean that there are not other constituents of the plant that combined, assault the spread of cancers. For centuries, Andrographis was used as in the whole plant tissue in Ayurvedic medicine.
Andrographis inhibits cholesterol oxidation and lowers high cholesterol levels by relaxing your blood vessels. It helps to reduce heart artery damage. It is extremely protective and one of the tools in the prevention of heart problems.
Helps in joint diseases by reducing inflammation. This anti-inflammatory action also helps with any health issue that produces inflammation.
How to use Andrographis in your health regimen:
Please do not take Andrographis with your medicines without consulting your doctor first. The herb and your medicines could react in a negative way. Never stop taking your medicine without the supervision and knowledge of your doctor.
Andrographis is a very strong herb so it’s best to start first with a low dosage to make sure you are not allergic to it. There are a few people who do have allergy reactions. If after a few days, you have no negative reaction to Andrographis, you can slowly increase the dosage. Depending on your constitution and health issue, the amount of Andrographis needed to be effective may vary significantly. You will have to monitor your reaction as you go along. Suggestion is to start with one cap a day for a week to see how your body reacts to the herb. I take a much higher dosage with Chronic Lyme disease. I have no problems with this herb but some have had allergy reactions to Andrographis. You must buy product that is tested in this country for heavy metals, contamination, and for quality.
For dosage information please consult Dr. Rawls book, Unlocking Lyme Disease and Healing Lyme by Stephen Harrod Buhner.
There is also dosage information in Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism by Donald R. Yance, CN, MH, RH (AHG)
- Published: October 21, 2015
All for today, Cathryn Freer, The Herbladyisin