Medicinal Properties & Uses Of Bhunimba (Andrographis paniculata)

It is a very common name in the texts of Ayurveda. It is very popular in rural parts of the India. People used to take it for many reasons. All these causes of huge believe towards these herbs is no scientifically proved. So let us explore it.
Scientific Name
Ø Andrographis paniculata
Local Names
       Bhunimba, Kaalmegh,Carmantina, Chirette Verte, Chirreta, Chuan Xin Lian, Chuanxinlian, Kalmegh, Kaalmedh, Kalpanath, Oli-iriyat,Carmantine, Chiretta, Kariyato, Neilbemu, Nelbepu, Bhuinemo, Naine-Hebandhi,
Used Parts
Ø Whole Plant
Ø Powder 1-3 grams
Ø Juice 5-10 ml
Ø Decoction 20-40 ml
Ø Concentrate Extract .5-1 ml
Interesting Facts
Ø It is a is native to South Asian countries
Ø It is so bitter that it is known as King Of Bitter
Ø It is used all over India due to its medicinal property
Ø It is similar in bitterness to Neem that is why called as Bhuneem.
Ø It used to be 100 cm long and often seen in multiple plants together like a bush.
Ø 2 cm long fruits contains many tinny yellow-brownish seeds
Ø A distance of 60 cm x 30 cm is ideal for huge cultivation of this plant.
Ø It must collect in between the end of rainy season and starting of winter.
Medicinal Properties & Uses
Ø  It is used in Indigestion
Ø  It is used in Fatty Liver
Ø  It is used in Liver cirrhosis 
Ø  It is used in Worm Infestation 
Ø  It is used in in haematological disorders
Ø  It is used in oedema
Ø  It is used in in skin disorders
Ø  It is used in in Malaria with Chilli Powder
Ø  It is used in in general weakness
Ø  It is used in Chronic fever
Ø  It is used in Liver Disorder Like Jaundice 
        Almost all the herbal liver tonics consist of the extract of this plant. Few of them are As follows
Ø Tab/Syp Liv 52
Ø Cap/Syp Amlycure DS
Ø Syp. Cirroliv
Ø Syp. Livomyn
Ø Cap. Liv 52 HB
Ø Syp. Stimuliv
Ø Tab. Vimliv
Ø Tab. Vasuliv
Ø Syp. Vasuliv
Ø Tab. Megaliv
Ø Livin Drops
Ø Liv52 drops
Ø Tab. Livin
Ø Syp. Hepatovit SGC
Ø Syp. Cir-Hep 10
         Almost a safe herb and no such adverse effect noted yet. However, little precaution is better take depending on the character and action of herb.
Ø Avoid in Pregnancy.
Ø Avoid during lactation.
Ø Avoid during pre-operative or post-operative stages.
Ø Avoid in any case of reaction noted after use.
Ø Avoid in any case of known Allergy

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