Andrographis Paniculata – Images of the Plant

The following are photos of andrographis paniculata that are flourishing in Wuan’s garden. Among others it is also known as King of Bitters, hempedu bumi in Malay and chuan xin lian in Mandarin. This plant can be found in India and east Asia. It is used extensively in those regions for the treatment of ailments such as fever, hypertension, diabetes and skin problems. All photos taken by Wuan.

Andrographis paniculata.

Close up shot.

Flower and seed.

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Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

12 thoughts on “Andrographis Paniculata – Images of the Plant”

  1. I also heard it’s called ‘sar yok’ in Hakka(or ‘snake medicine’). I once drank an infusion of a few leaves in hot water. Ewww… it was really bitter. They are made into pills now. Good for acne :o)

  2. Bart,
    You can mush the leaves, squeeze out the juice and add some honey. It is believed to cleanse the blood an have detoxifying properties.

    Sometimes, the simplest things are not what they appear to be. Nature is a veritable treasure trove of medicine, if only we know how to use them.

  3. Marita,
    It is a teensy little flower often overlooked. I did not know it really look like this until Wuan sent me that close-up photo.

  4. can u please do favour on me by sending close plant photos of Pongamia pinnata. thanks

  5. i heard it’s good for diabetes and i want to know where normally they are found?

  6. hairol,
    These grow wild in many gardens. Chinese medicine halls sell them in capsultes too.

  7. this plant is miracle in the earth. i have tried this espacially for fever,hypertension. it is like a sanjeevani in indian litrature

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