Herbal Spot Light + A Rant: Andrographis

By: Dixie Bell

This herb has been used for thousands of years (for good reason)! It’s known as the King of Bitters. Andrographis grows in India and has traditionally been used throughout China, Thailand, Malaysia, and of course, India. There is now scientific evidence behind why this herb was used for so many years and is still being used today!

This plant has been widely used for treating sore throat, flu, and upper respiratory tract infections. Andrographolide, a major bioactive chemical constituent of the plant, has shown anticancer potential in various investigations. Andrographolide and its derivatives have anti-inflammatory effects in experimental models such as asthma, stroke, and arthritis. In recent years, pharmaceutical chemists have synthesized numerous andrographolide derivatives, which exhibit essential pharmacological activities such as those that are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antitumor, antidiabetic, anti-HIV, antifeedant, and antiviral.

The more research I have done on this herb the more amazed I have become with God’s creation. Ezekiel 47:12 says, “And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their LEAVES for HEALING.”

Revelation 22:2 says, “Through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The LEAVES of the tree were for the HEALING of the nations.”

The Bible isn’t the only place that talks about herbs and food being used for medicine. Hippocrates considered nutrition and herbal remedies one of the main tools that a doctor can use. More than that, dietary measures play a lead part in the original oath of Hippocrates. And let’s not forget about his famous quote, “Let food be thy medicine.” We can see over and over, through the Bible and history, the power of natural remedies. It’s easy to buy into lies about synthetic drugs. They do not cure disease, they simply put a Band-Aid on the problem. If you are wanting to truly get to the root of illness and disease you are going to want to look into how God designed us and what our bodies actually need in order to heal! We need physical, emotional, and spiritual nourishment.

Our ancestors were so wise in treating illnesses with herbs, which brings me back to where we started. Andrographis is one of those God-given herbs used in accent times and still used today. If you are looking for testimonials, it doesn’t get any better than that.

So where does this herb fit into your daily life and how does all of this information apply to you? Flu season is coming up. The flu is simply a viral infection, and andrographis is antiviral. So easy to use, yet so effective.

Do you or anyone you know have cancer, joint pain, autoimmune issues, or Lyme disease? Spread the word to them! The beautiful thing about herbs is that they are so safe and effective. The more we can use them for ourselves and our families the less we have to rely on drugs that are harming our bodies!

We are living in a time where life feels out of control. COVID really did a number on us all (also did I mention that COVID is a viral infection and andrographis kills viral infections. Just sayin’). It’s good to know we can do something to take control. We can use natural remedies to show big pharmaceutical companies that there are alternative ways to take care of our bodies, and not just take care of our bodies, but protect our health and our rights. Herbs and supplements stand for so much. They are a God-given blessing that people are going to be using as long as the earth stands. If you have already tried natural remedies and loved it, you already know this stuff is good. And if you haven’t tried anything like this yet, maybe this is your sign to give it a shot!

At Herbs & More in Athens, NHC Herb Shop in Killen, and our parent company, NEWtritional Health Care, our goal has always been to, “Make America Healthy One Person At A Time.” For more information, go to one of our locations or call 256-757-0660 or visit our website at www.nhcherbs.com.


Dixie Bell