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• Several clinical studies suggest that andrographis, both as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with Siberian ginseng, is a useful treatment in cases of common cold, pharyngotonsillitis and uncomplicated URTIs, with significant symptom relief experienced after 3 days' use.

• Clinical studies are lacking, but animal experiments suggest that andrographis may be useful in cases of hepatotoxicity (paracetamol), to reduce myocardial reperfusion injury, improve blood glucose management in diabetes, and in hypertension.

• Traditionally, the herb is used to increase bile production and relieve symptoms of dyspepsia and flatulence, loss of appetite and general debility.

• Due to the extreme bitterness of the herb, solid-dose forms may be better tolerated than liquid preparations.

• Andrographis is not recommended in pregnancy.

• There are several theoretical drug interactions with this herb — check interaction data for more details.

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