Andrographis is from the plant Andrographis paniculata. This herb is found in northern India and has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy.
NeuroScience uses Andrographis in its NeuroScience GI Reset formula because of its abilities to help heal the damaged intestinal wall. As you know, the digestive tract is on the front line of health. It is forms the barrier between the outside world and your body, identifying what is food and what is a danger that should be destroyed.
Healing the gut takes elimination of offending foods and toxins and help with nutrient herbs and vitamins.
Andrographis is not without some unwanted effects, however. Some people can develop digestive upset including bloating, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. This could be due to taking too much to fast without giving the damaged lining a chance to respond. These digestive upsets are usually avoided by beginning Andrographis therapy with meals instead of on an empty stomach.
It is rare but some people will have a negative digestive reaction to this herb in even small doses so they will need to read ingredients to avoid it entirely.
Another reported problem with less frequency than digestive upset is liver irritation. This usually the case in people with already compromised liver function such as hepatitis C, HIV, autoimmune disease targeting the liver, alcohol or medication damaged livers. Look for elevation of liver enzymes (ALT, AST etc) and a metallic taste. For most people 11 mg of day of Andrographis is safe even for the high risk group listed avove according to the studies conducted by the University of Michigan Health System.
If you have moderate to advanced kidney problems, you will want to do some research about your particular kidney issue and the possible effects of Andrographis. Your kidney doctor may want to do extra monitoring of kidney function while on Andrographis to make sure it isn't contributing to the kidney pathology.
According to researchers at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Andrographis paniculata can cause other negative effects that are considered more minor. The more common of these include: headache, fatigue, minor allergic irritation of the skin or throat, pain in the lymph nodes (especially around the jaw) and altered taste or loss of taste.
These symptoms including loss of taste, tend to be very temporary and in some cases may take a couple of months to resolve.
Allergic reactions can occur, and in very rare instances there is the possibility of anaphylactic shock.
As with any new medication, patients are encouraged to discuss any adverse effects with a medical professional.
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