Andrographis paniculata extract may inhibit the growth and biofilm formation in multi-drug resistant strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae, a new study shows.
Andrographis paniculata, also called Green Chiretta and Kalmegh, is a medicinal herb is used to support the treatment of several diseases in many Asian countries, including India. Klebsiella pneumoniae is an opportunistic pathogen that can cause nosocomial infections in humans.
The study, published in The Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, highlights the promise of Andrographis paniculata in controlling the growth of Klebsiella pneumoniae, which can cause serious infections.
Klebsiella pneumoniae Infection
The carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) of Andrographis paniculata was analyzed for its antibacterial potential against susceptible and resistant strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae through the broth microdilution method. CEA is a protein normally found in very low levels in the blood of adults. The CEA blood level may be increased in certain types of cancer and non-cancerous (benign) conditions.
The study showed that CEA from Andrographis paniculata has the potential to control both the growth and biofilm formation of Klebsiella pneumoniae.
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Andrographis paniculata is an antioxidant that is traditionally used to support the treatment of the common cold, diarrhea, upper respiratory infections, liver disease, fever, cardiovascular disease, dyspepsia, skin infections, and colic dysentery. The plant has anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antiviral, anti-protozoan, and anti-cancer properties.
In addition to helping to moderate the growth of Klebsiella pneumoniae, Andrographis paniculata benefits include possible support for treatment of Lyme disease. It may prove effective in assisting the immune system in the very early, blood-borne stage of Lyme disease, called the planktonic stage.
Andrographis paniculata may also support the health of joints and soft connective tissue that are challenged during chronic Lyme infection. The herb can help reduce inflammation at the joints and lymph nodes, issues often associated with Lyme disease.
To learn more about Andrographis paniculata support for Klebsiella pneumoniae and other possible health benefits of Andrographis paniculata extract, a good place to start is with the Andrographis paniculata FAQ. Linden Botanicals also sells the extract in its online store.
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