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Medicinal and pharmacological properties of Andrographis paniculata

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Manoharan Sivananthan, Manoharan Elamaran

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Int. J. Biomol. & Biomed.3( 2), 1-12, March 2013


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A lot of literature reviews about Andrographis paniculata has been published previously. Researchers are critically involved in the research to extract out the potential medicinal value that possess by the “King of Bitter”. It has a broad pharmacological value. Traditionally many disease condition have been treated successfully. The success of the plant is due to the presence of few bioactive compounds such as andrographolide, homo-andrographolide andrographesterol, andrographopne which are identified through the phythochemistry studies of the plant which are having the wide therapeutic activities. The extremely bitter taste of the plant is due the compound known as andrographolide. However this bitter plant is having a sweet future for those appreciated the benefits of the plant. From the review it is proven that Andrographis paniculata is having antioxidant, hepatoprotective, antimicrobial, anticancer, antivenom, anti HIV, antimalarial, antipyretic, antifertility, antidiarrhoeal, antidiabetic, antihiperlipidemic activities. Variety of literature concerning about the toxicity studies has confirmed that the plant is safe to consume although few findings revealed that consuming Andrographis paniculata for a long period of time may possess some unwanted action especially in the fertility studies.


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Medicinal and pharmacological properties of Andrographis paniculata

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