February 12, 2016


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How does Andrographis work?

Andrographis might stimulate the immune system. It may improve the blood cell counts in people with HIV, and help with allergies.

Are there safety concerns?

Andrographis is safe when used short-term in most adults. It might also be safe when used long-term.

It can cause side effects such as loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, headache, and fatigue.

When used in high doses or long-term, andrographis might cause swollen lymph glands, serious allergic reactions, elevations of liver enzymes, and other side effects.

Do not use andrographis if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have problems with infertility, or you are trying to get pregnant or father a child.
  • You have a bleeding disorder.
  • You have low blood pressure.
  • You have an immune system disease such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions called "autoimmune disease."

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