Herba Andrographitis

 

Source
Herb of Andrographis panicukita (Burm. f.) Nees, family Acanthaceae.

Characteristics
A herb, 50-80 cm tall, multi-branched. Stem square, node enlarged. leaves opposite, ovate-lanceolate, 4-8 cm long. Raceme terminal, axillary, grouped into a large panicle; bract smaller; calyx 5-lobed; corolla bilabiate, corolla tube somewhat enlarged, blue-purple. Capsule somewhat flat-linear, dehiscing into two, containing numerous seed~ Bitter in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to lung, stomach, large intestine and small intestine channels.

Indication
1. Purge the sthenic fire and eliminate toxic material: For seasonal febrile diseases and common cold of wind-heat type with high fever and thirst, or for sorethroat, cough and asthma due to lung-heat, lung abscess, pyogenic infection and ulcerous diseases of skin, snake bite, etc. Recently, also used for leptospirosis.
2. Clear away heat and deprive dampness: For diarrhea of dampness-heat type, dysentery, stranguria of heat type.
3. Antineoplastic: For malignant mole, chorionic epithelioma.

Pharmacological Action
1. Bacteriostatic effect on Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Proteus with 5%, 40%, and 20% decoction respectively.
2. Its decoction promotes white cell phagocytosis in vitro.
3. Antipyretic: Andrographolide lowers vaccine-induced fever in rabbits.
4. Four active components, neoandrographolide, andrographolide, deoxyandrographolide and 14-deoxy-11, 12-didehydro-andrographolide, possess anti-inflammatory effect, the last is the most effective.
5. Andrographolide may interrupt pregnancy and inhibit the growth of placental trophpcyte.

Administration Decoction: 9-15g. Tablet: 4-6 tablets tid or qid.


   

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