Ayurveda and Science

Kalmegh/कालमेघ/Andrographis paniculata/Bhunimbh


Kalmegh Plant
Hindi Name: Kalmegh
Sanskrit Name: Bhunimbh
English Name: Kalmegh
Latin Name: Andrographis paniculata
It is an erect annual herb. Stem is dark green, quadrangular with longitudinal furrows and wings on the angles of the younger parts and slightly enlarged at the nodes. The leaves are glabrous, dark green, arranged opposite decussate, lanceolate and pinnat

Andrographis Paniculata Medicinal Uses

Digestive:Promotes Digestion 

Hepatoprotective: Protects the liver and gall bladder.

Vermicidal: Kills intestinal worms & support intestine.

Anti-acne: Protect skin from pimples. 

Anti-inflammatory: Reduces swelling and cuts down exudation from capillaries.

Antibacterial: Fights bacterial activity. Although Andrographis appears to have weak direct antibacterial action, it has remarkably beneficial effect in reducing diarrhea and symptoms arising from bacterial infections as recommended by ayurved in India.

Expectorant: Promotes mucus discharge from the respiratory system.

Hypoglycemic: Blood sugar reducer.Immune Enhancement.

Laxative: Aids bowel elimination

Chemical Composition

Bitter diterpenoid lactones esp deoxy andrographaloid; andrographaloid and ncoandrographaloids have been isolated from the plant leaves. Diterpene dimmers and flavonoids are present in the roots. The main active compound is considered to be andrographaloid and Andrographis extract.

Effect on

Pacifies Kapha and Pitta.
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