Andrographis Paniculata Extract - Side Effects, Benefits, Common Colds
Andrographolides (the primary medicinal component of Andrographis) enhances the immune system by increasing white blood cell count. In addition, it releases interferon and increases activity of the lymph system. Interferon is a protein made by cells in response to viruses which, may in turn, make it an antiviral agent (14,15).
Andrographolides have a short half-life -- approximately two hours. "Half-life" refers to how long the compound is in the body before it becomes half strength of what it was before it entered the body. It is then broken down into other forms (metabolites) and excreted by urine, feces, respiration, and sweat. Short half-life compounds have to be consumed often since they leave the body rather quickly. Some studies (16) show andrographolide is removed from the body within eight hours. As a result, it is recommended that you consume andrographis every 5-6 hours for whatever health issue is being addressed.
We are not aware if there are any negative side effects associated with drug interactions and andrographis. None have been reported as we know, however, keep in mind that prescription drug interactions with the human body in general, are commonplace.
Note: Kan-Jang is another name for Andrographis paniculata.
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