What is Sambiloto?

What is Sambiloto?


Generic Name: Sambiloto

The benefits

What is Sambiloto for?

Andrographis or bitter is a plant native to South Asian countries such as India and Sri Lanka. Its underground leaves and stems are used to make medicine. Sambiloto can be used to treat:

  • colds and flu (influenza)
  • sore throat, cough, swollen tonsils, bronchitis, and allergies
  • diarrhea, constipation, bloating, colic, and stomach pain
  • liver enlargement, jaundice, and liver damage
  • leprosy, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, syphilis, malaria, cholera, rabies, sinusitis, and HIV / AIDS
  • wounds, boils, and itching
  • snake and insect bites

How does it work?

There is not enough research on how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with an herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies that show that bitter is used in traditional medicine to treat infectious diseases and fevers.

Sambiloto is a plant that has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and immune-stimulating properties. Either alone, or in combination with other herbs, bitter has been shown to reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections (ARI).

Bitter extract can be beneficial for patients with ulcerative colitis. This herb also reduces the symptoms of rheumatism. However, patients must be careful before using this herb because it can interact with many drugs.


The information provided below is not a substitute for medical recommendations. Always consult your herbalist or doctor before taking this medicine.

What is the usual dosage for Sambiloto for adults?

Sambiloto is a medicinal plant that can be used for colds, sinusitis, and tonsillitis. Use at a dose of 60 mg. A dose of 10 mg / kg results in termination of clinical trials due to side effects. Clinical trials in children with upper respiratory infections report that the use of bitter is 30 mg daily for 10 days.

The dosage for this herbal supplement may be different for each patient. The dosage used depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with an herbalist or doctor for the right dosage for you.

What forms of bitter are available?

This herbal supplement may be available in capsule or herbal tincture form.

Side effects

What are the side effects of bitter?

Sambiloto is an herb that can cause several side effects including:

  • hypotension (drop in blood pressure)
  • nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms of indigestion
  • infertility

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have concerns about side effects, please consult with an herbalist or doctor.


What should I know before consuming Sambiloto?

Store andrographis or bitter in a dry place away from direct sunlight. Be careful if you use bitter with anticoagulants, antiplatelets, immunosuppressants, and hypertension medications.

The regulations governing the use of herbal supplements are not too strict compared to the regulations for drug use. Further research is needed to determine its safety. Before using herbal supplements, make sure the benefits outweigh the risks. Consult your herbalist and doctor for more information.

How safe is Bitter?

There is insufficient data available to determine how safe it is to use Sambiloto in pregnant and breastfeeding women. Sambiloto is an herb that can be used by children under the supervision of professional herbal experts.

However, bitter is an herb that should not be used by people who have hypersensitivity.
Do not use on gallbladder disease, bleeding disorders, hypotension, hyperacidity, and duodenal ulcers.


What kind of interactions might occur when I consume Sambiloto?

This herbal supplement can interact with your current medication or medical conditions. Consult with an herbalist or doctor before using.
If you take drugs to lower blood pressure, anticoagulants, and antiplatelet drugs, bitter can increase the effect of these drugs.

Andrographolide, a content in bitter, has antioxidant effects that can interfere with the actions of some chemotherapy drugs. Using long-term bitter can reduce the suppressive action of the immune system. Sambiloto is an herb that can increase levels of enzymes in the liver.


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Reviewed Date: April 19, 2018 | Last Edited: April 19, 2018

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