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Andrographis paniculata added to national medicine list to treat Covid patients with mild symptoms

The Royal Gazette on June 4 added five herbal medicines to the National List of Essential Medicinal Herbs.

The notification was published by the National Drug System Development Board to drive and promote the use of herbal medicines in the health service system.

The five medicines are: Thamlai Phra Sumen, hemorrhoid relief pills, Andrographis paniculata extract pills that contain andrographolide not less than 4 per cent by weight (w/w), Andrographis paniculata extract, and powdered Andrographis paniculata.

The medicines from Andrographis paniculata herbs, such as Andrographis paniculata extract and powdered Andrographis paniculata, can be used to treat Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms, the state body has said.

Andrographis paniculata is widely cultivated in South and Southeast Asia. The whole plant, or its roots and leaves, have been traditionally used to treat bacterial infections and some diseases.

Published : June 06, 2021

By : The Nation