Kalmegh Whole


Botanical Name: Andrographis paniculata nees 

Common Name:

  • English: Rice bitters, Chirayta
  • Also, known as: Akar cerita bidara, Alui, Andrographidis Kraut, Bidara, Bhoonimba, Bhuinimo, Bhulimb, Bhuninba, Charayeta, Charayetha, Charita, Cheranta, Cherota, Chiraita, Chiretta, Chuan-hsin-lien, Chuan-xı¯n-lián, Công công, Faathalaaichon, Fathalaai, Fathalaichon, Fathalaijone, Halviva, Herba sambiloto, Hinbinkohomba, I-chienhsi, Kalafath, Kan-jang, Kariyat, Khee-pang-hee, King of bitters, Kiriathu, Kirta, kiryata, Kiryato, Lanhelian, Mahatikta, Mahatita, Naelavemu, Naynahudandi, nelavemu, Quasab-uz-zarirah, Sambilata, Sambiloto, Senshinren, Sinta, Xuyên tâm liên, Yaa kannguu yijianxi 

Habitat: Subtropical south-east Asia & India

Origin: India  

Harvested: Wild

Parts Used: Aerial parts                                                                  

General Information:

Andrographis paniculata nees grows wild mostly in the tropical and moist deciduous forest of Southeast Asia & India. Kalmegh is an annual plant that has small sharp branches, most often winged towards the apical region. The leaves of the plant are 5 to 10 cm long, flowers are tiny in a panicle. The fruits of the plant are 18to 20 mm longer and 3 to 4 mm broad. The plant has a very light odor, but the taste is bitter. Stems are soft and can be broken easily. It is popular as “Kalmegh” across the Asian subcontinent. Once upon a time, it was well esteemed as a bitter tonic in India. Overexploitation of plant make it scarce and it has become expensive across the market. It is sold as such in dry form; sometimes the leaves get separated, exposing the black twigs

How to use:

Hot Infusion:

The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!


  • You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
  • You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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