Travis Lemon: Bitter herb is promising for immune system
The herb andrographis has been used in the traditional Ayurvedic system of medicine for thousands of years, but recently it has shown its importance to Western natural and conventional practitioners alike. Ayurveda was the predominant system of medicine in India and surrounding areas, dating all the way back to 6,000 BCE.
Andrographis is also known as the “King of Bitters” and has been traditionally used for everything from immune support to digestive complaints. Andrographis is actually one of my herbal secret weapons during cold and flu season due to its anti-bacterial properties. My family members and I have been very happy to know that we had some andrographis capsules in the cabinet when we feel the onset of a winter bug. In one double blind study the participants taking an extract of andrographis showed continued improvement in symptoms from an uncomplicated upper respiratory infection after those on placebo remained unchanged after day three.