Herbal flu remedy linked to allergy risk

THE TGA has warned of the potential risk of allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, linked to the herbal ingredient Andro­graphis paniculata.1

Although generally safe, a comprehensive TGA safety review has found products containing A. paniculata are associated with 43 reports of anaphylaxis and 78 reports of allergic-type reactions in Australia between December 2002 and April 2014.1

Also known as kalmegh, green chiretta, chuan xin lian and king of bitters, it is traditionally used to relieve colds, flu, sore