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Andrographis Paniculata Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Andrographis Paniculata
Glycemic Index / Load
King of Bitters
Botanical Name
Andrographis Paniculata
Hindi Name
Kariyat, Kalmegh
Chinese Name
Chuan Xin Lian
Homeopathic Name
Andrographis Peniculata   -   Mother Tincture

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Andrographis Paniculata Cures


Action of Andrographis Paniculata

Most Effective

Nutrients in Andrographis Paniculata

Taste of
Andrographis Paniculata

Nature of
Andrographis Paniculata


Parts Used

Aerial Parts, Whole Plant

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Andrographis Paniculata

High doses may cause Nausea, Vomiting and Palpitation.
It may be abortive, do not use during Pregnancy.
Note : Chirreta being bitter and cold may injur the Stomach. Chirreta should be taken with a stomach protective herb.
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Andrographis is a plant.
It is an annual.
It grows in tropical climate.
It grows up to One Meter.
Best used for Cold, Indigestion and Malaria.
It is considered more effective than Quinine in Malaria.
In TCM :
Chirreta : Chuan Xin Lian Fen
Meridians associated : Stomach, Lung, Large and Small intestines.


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Materia Medica for Andrographis Paniculata

Andrographis Paniculata General

It is a cold herb. It has stronger digestive effects and prevents Gastro Intestinal discomfort when used in combination with Peppermint. In combination with Siberian Ginseng, it reduces the risk of Common cold.
Traditionally it is used to cure Snake Bite, Fever, Dysentery, Cholera, Gonorrhoea, Diabetes, Influenza, Dyspepsia and Hepatitis.
It reduces body heat, acute infections and dispels toxins from the body.
It is used as Digestive tonic.
It is used widely in the treatment of Upper Respiratory tract infections.
It is used in treatment of mild to moderate Ulcerative Colitis.
It is used as a restorative and tonic in Convalescene ( recovering from illness or medical treatment ).
It improves appetite and digestion by stimulating Bile production and flow.
The leaves of the plant are mashed to form juice. Spices are added for taste and the mixture is made into small globules. These are given to infants to treat number of ailments as Irregular stool, Loss of appetite and to relieve gripping in infants.
Kalmegh is used to treat stages of Fever of Cold and Cough.
The herb is also used to treat vomiting in children, Fever with Kala azar, Fever with enlargement of Liver and Spleen, and Fever in infant Liver.
Cancer Treatment : Chirreta is regarded an important anticancer herb in Chinese Medicine system. It encourages phagocytosis, dissolves Tumor, prevents Metastasis and proliferation of Cancer Cells. Chirreta is useful in treating following Cancers:
Breast Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Hodgkin's disease
Gastrointestinal Cancer
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Paclitaxel is anticancer drug used for treating various types of Cancer. The effectiveness of Chirreta can be judged from a fact that it is far more effective than Paclitaxel.
Single Herb

Chirreta for Indigestion

Prepare a decoction of Chirreta leaves. Take it, thrice a day.

Chirreta for Jaundice

Prepare a decoction of leaves and root. Take it, twice a day.

Chirreta for Malaria

Boil leaves of Chirreta. Take boiled leaves twice a day..

Chirreta for Liver Diseases

Prepare a decoction of Chirreta plant. Drink 10 ml of it once a day.

Chirreta for Fever

Drink 20 ml decoction of Chirreta plant once a day.

Chirreta as Blood Purifier

Crush Chirreta plant to extract its juice. Have 2 tsp of it thrice a day.

Chirreta for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Powder the dried plant of Chirreta. Grind to make powder. Add 1 tsp of the powder in a cup of warm water. Drink twice a day.

Chirreta for Swine Flu

Boil whole plant of Chirreta in water. Drink it twice a day. It helps in preventing Swine Flu.
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Herbal Treatment For Cold 8

Take 10 grams each of Dry Ginger ( Adrak in India ), root of Turkey Berry ( Tint in India ), Chirreta ( Kariyat in India ), root of Adhatoda Vasica ( Safed Vasa in India ) Tree and half quantity of Black Pepper ( Kali Mirch in India ). Boil all these in 1 cup of water until it remains half. Filter and drink.

Herbal Treatment For Fever 20

Take leaves of Chirreta , Picrorhiza and Adhatoda Vasica in equal quantity. Make its decoction. Drink 15 ml of it twice a day

Herbal Treatment For Cold 13

Take fresh leaves of Chirreta, Vetiver and Cynodon Dactylon. Make its decoction. Drink 30 ml once a day.
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17 Nov 2015
I just went through the herbs and its usages. It is very much informative.
Raj.b ( India / maharashtra )
14 Jun 2016
what is the dosage of kalmegh powder given cancer patients? as my father has been diagnosed with prostrate cancer between stage two and stage three. please help
01 Jul 2016
This herb is quite effective in curing Cancer. It stops the Cancer cells from multiplying. Shown great results in curing Stomach, Skin, Breast and Prostate Cancers. It is a powerful Cancer preventive herb.
Prepare a Decoction by boiling 15 to 20 leaves of fresh or dried kalmegh leaves in a glass of water. Boil it, till it is reduced to half.
Take it regularly.
It tastes very bitter, so you may add hon to it, as per your taste.
All the best. There are other very effective herbs to cure Cancer. You can check Prostate Cancer in the disease section if this website.
S. Kumar ( Kerala )
25 Mar 2017
Is kiriyath useful for slimming . Getting rid of excessive fat?
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