Herb shows promise for parasites including Malaria

If you’re travelling to an exotic paradise that could get ruined by malaria, you might want to bring this remarkable herb along.

Malaria is still a big problem in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Adding to the problem is the emergence of drug-resistant parasites. One answer to the problem may be the herb andrographis.

Andrographis is better known for its extraordinary powers over acute respiratory infections like cold, flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, tonsillitis and COVID. But andrographis can do more than that, and this new study put it to the test against malaria.

The study included 69 people with malaria. They were each given 250mg andrographis extract capsules 3 times a day for 5 days.

65 of them had an Adequate Clinical and Parasitological Response (ACR). None of the remaining 4 developed severe malaria. That means that 94.2% had complete parasite clearance. There were no side effects.

This study suggests that the herb andrographis is “safe and clinically effective” for treating malaria.

Med Arch. 2022 Dec 76(6):419–425