This herb is widely used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, where it is used against colds, flu, and other respiratory infections, as well as against more serious conditions such as malaria and typhoid. In recent studies, Andrographis showed activity against herpes, HIV, and some cancers
Andrographis originally came to our attention as part of a very effective natural protocol for Lyme Disease, and we created an Essence of it to support those dealing with this increasingly common ailment. The use of Andrographis for Lyme follows the TCM idea of clearing out toxic heat as the first step in recovery. Andrographis is a powerful anti-toxicity herb, and also has direct action against spirochetes, the difficult to kill organisms at the root of the disease.
As a Spiritualized Essence, Andrographis is more concentrated, as well as having a more adaptable intelligence, important with diseases that themselves seem to be very adaptive and intelligent. Since it was created at the Spirit, or tonic, level of being, we find it even better than the Essence for bringing people out of the spiral that chronic illness can cause, especially when combined with other tonic herbs, as it is in our E-Lyme-Inate Somalixir formula.
Note that some adverse and allergic reactions have been reported with Andrographis, including rashes and hives, and this may be more of a problem with this Spagyric, since it is more concentrated. Red Root can reduce this in some people, and discontinuing Andrographis generally ends the rashes within a week or so.