Common Names

Andrographis, Creat, chuan xin lian, Kan jang, Kalmegha

Botanical Name

Andrographis paniculata



Medicinal Uses

Colds, Diarrhea, Flu.


Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Calm, Febrifuge, Immunostimulant, Laxative, Stomachic, Tonic, Vermifuge.

Parts Used

Leaves and roots


Andrographolide, a diterpene lactone compound, is believed to be the principal active agent.


Moist shady places, forests, wastelands. Tropical Asian countries, China, India, Pakistan, and Thailand.

Side Effects

Andrographis can cause side effects such as loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, headache, runny nose, and fatigue. High doses or long-term, andrographis might cause swollen lymph glands, serious allergic reactions, elevations of liver enzymes, and other side effects.