Nilavembu which goes by the botanical name, Andrographis
paniculata, belongs to the Acanthaceae family. The annual herb that grows to a
height of 30-110 cm is cultivated mostly around the autumn season and is widely
cultivated throughout Asia. The herb bears dark green, quadrangular stems with
longitudinal furrows and winged-angles at the younger parts and slightly
enlarged nodes. The leaves are usually dark green, glabrous, lanceolate,
pinnate and arranged in an opposite decussate manner on the stems. The flowers
of these plants are usually small, whereas they have linear-oblong capsules as
fruits which encloses numerous yellowish-brown, sub-quadrate seeds.
Being a potent Siddha and
Ayurvedic herb, nilavembu is widely used in almost all ayurvedic formulations
that are directed towards shielding the immune system and getting rid of
harmful toxins. Apart from alleviating different types of infectious fever, the
bitter herb also provides a traditional remedy for improving physical debility
or fatigue, promoting liver functions, enhancing appetite, boosting digestion,
improving metabolism and stimulating kidney functions. Be it blood disorders,
skin diseases, loss of appetite, fatty liver, intestinal parasite, constipation or
hepatomegaly, this extremely powerful bitter herb provides a noteworthy remedy
What Are The Ayurvedic Indications Of
holistic science of Ayurveda knows this rejuvenative herb as Kalmegh. Time and
again, this potent herb has been mentioned in several ayurvedic scriptures and
journals for various indications which include Jvara (useful in fever),
Kasahara (Relieves cough), Deepana (enhances stomach fire), Pachana (helps in
digestion), Rochana (stimulates appetite), Anulomana (improves breathing),
Vamana (prevents nausea and vomiting), Vayasthapana (prevents ageing), Shwasha
(relieves breathing difficulties), Amahara (treats indigestion), Dahahara
(relieves burning sensation), Mehahara (treats urinary tract disorders),
Prameha (manages diabetes), Trutahara (relieves excessive thirst), Rasayani
(rejuvenates the whole body), Balya (improves muscle strength), Hikkanigrahana
(controls hiccups), Kantya (relieves sore throat), Triptighno (relieves
pseudo-satiation), and Vamanopaga (treats emesis) Shonitasthapana (prevents
bleeding), Pandu (treats anemia), Sangrahini (treats diarrhoea), Kustha (treats
skin disorders), Kamala (prevents jaundice), Varnya
(improves complexion), Krimihara (relieves intestinal worms), Hridaya (treats
heart problems), Kanthya (improves voice), Arsha (treats piles), and Krichra
(treats painful micturition).
Ayurvedic Formulation Of Nilavembu:
as Nilavembu Kashayam, this powdered formulation is a well-known Siddha
medicine in the southern states of the Indian subcontinent. The powerful
therapeutic indications of the nine herbal components present in the Churnam
offers management and prevention of different types of infections. It is also
used in most ayurvedic therapeutic preparations that not only help in boosting
immunity but also helps in providing relief from headache, muscle aches,
body aches, loss of energy, fatigue, weakness, etc. It is also extremely
beneficial for reducing joint pain, muscle pain, joint swelling and rashes
associated with certain infectious diseases like chikungunya.
Directions To Prepare Nilavembu Kashayam From
approximately 2-3 tbsp i.e. 10 gms of the herbal powder in 240 ml of water
until the decoction reduces to ¼ of its original quantity. Strain the
concoction and keep it for future use. Consume 30 to 60 ml of this warm
decoction twice a day on an empty stomach. One can add palm jaggery, mishri or honey to
the aqueous decoction to enhance the taste.
Dosage Of Nilavembu Kashayam
ml of the Kashayam 2-3 times a day before meals or as directed by the doctor.
ml of Kashayam along with wither 10ml papaya juice or 2 gms giloy churna twice
daily before food or as directed by the doctor.
Nilavembu For Dengue Fever:
with powerful anti-viral properties, this bitter herb holds high significance
in assuaging the symptoms of dengue, thereby controlling and preventing it from
happening. The presence of diterpenes and andrographolides attributes towards
its anti-dengue action.
Nilavembu For Chikungunya:
bioactive constituent andrographolide shows strong anti-CHIKV effects, that
plays a pivotal role in inhibiting the Chikungunya virus from
growing and replicating. Nilavembu preparations are extremely effective in
reducing fever, joint pain, muscle pain, etc. For quick relief, it can be
consumed alongside Ashwagandha, Giloy,
Punarnava, Tulsi, and formulations like Kaishore Guggulu, Prabal Pishti,
Sadanga paniya, Tribhuvan Kirti rasa, etc.
potent anti-parasitic action of the nilavembu leaves inhibits the growth of the
malarial parasite right at the ring stage and hence prevents aggravation of the
infection. When used alongside ayurvedic formulations like Amritarishta, Praval
Pishti, Kasish Godanti Bhasma, Laxmi Narayan Ras, Sheetbhanji Ras, Tulsi, and Mrityunjay Ras,
it offers an ultimate remedial action against the malarial parasite.
exhibits strong anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties owing to the
presence of the bioactive constituent andrographolide. Regular usage of the
nilavembu formulation not only inhibits the replication of the influenza virus but also effectively
decreases the action of the inflammatory mediators responsible for inflammation
of the lungs.
Nilavembu For Liver Problems:
as ‘Sarva roga niramani’, nilavembu leaves possess potent hepatoprotective and
hepatostimulative properties which makes it a magical remedy during jaundice,
in which the liver gets mostly effected. For getting relief from liver
problems, or jaundice, consume a mixture of 1gm of Nilavembu leaf powder, 1-2
gm of Bhumi amla/Tamalki powder, 2gm of mulethi/licorice powder in 200 ml
water. Boil the water till it reduces to ¼ quantity i.e. 50 ml. Strain and
drink the concoction to prevent and manage liver anomalies.
is one such bitter herb that is blessed with umpteen health benefits. Thanks to
the goodness of the essential bio-active ingredients, it is widely used for
treating flu and feverish conditions, managing cough and cold, sore throat,
treating respiratory diseases, preventing viral infections, promoting digestion
and many more.