Q. Dear Terry, “I recently read an article about andrographis and its benefits for Lyme disease. Would you recommend taking andrographis on a daily basis?”– Morgan S., Hilo, HI
A. Dear Morgan, Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) may not be well known to some, but this herb has been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine in India since ancient times, where it is known as the “King of Bitters” because of its bitter taste in traditional preparations. Like boswellia, or curcumin from turmeric, andrographis is one of nature’s great multitaskers.
Andrographis has been used to safely and effectively fight colds and flus. However, andrographis may also help open new paths toward fighting Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, and arthritis. Over the past several years, the use of andrographis as part of a multi-herbal treatment for Lyme disease, or in conjunction with conventional methods, has grown. Research has also shown that andrographis helps preserve cognitive health, protects the heart and arteries, protects the liver, stops pain and preserves joints, boosts immune defenses, and soothes digestive symptoms.
While andrographis provides a full spectrum of compounds that prevent or stop disease, andrographolide is considered the most beneficial. You’ll find that research on the herb – no matter what disease it is studying – focuses primarily on that compound.
I believe that taking andrographis once or twice daily would be an excellent choice. Look for an andrographis standardized to andrographolide content.
For additional support, you may also want to consider curcumin with turmeric essential oil twice daily and glutathione (the reduced, active form) twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally
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