Till to date, the advancement of medical science and technology is still unable to provide inclusive treatment for liver inflammation caused by neither microbial invasion nor antibiotics or environmental toxins. Because of the adverse effects of drug treatment, people start looking for comprehensive alternatives nowadays. Although numerous herbal plants have been reported for their efficacies in liver protection, Andrographis paniculata, Phyllanthus Emblica is the most widely used herb for hepatoprotection, particularly in Ayurveda. The liver is an important and complex organ in the body involved in many biochemical mechanisms and has an important role in maintaining health. Therefore, it is important to support and protect the liver. Heptol is a rational combination of hepatoprotective herbs from the Ayurvedic database to improve and maintain liver functions.
- Phyllanthus Niruri
- Andrographis Paniculata
- Picrorhiza Kurroa
- Phyllanthus Emblica
- Embelia ribes
- Ocimum sanctum
Phyllanthus niruri plant originated in India, and it is native to tropical coastal areas. In herbal medicine, it has long played a role in treating several conditions like dyspepsia, bronchitis, influenza, asthma, dysentery, tumours, diabetes, vaginitis and tuberculosis. it was also used for its potent activity in the treatment of kidney stones and gallstones. and various liver disorders, particularly hepatitis and jaundice. Phyllanthus Niruri is rich in flavonoids and phenolic compounds that are responsible for its potent antioxidant properties which could play important roles in hepatoprotective activity.
Andrographis paniculata is the most widely used herb for hepatoprotection, particularly in Ayurveda. It is particularly effective against alcohol-induced liver toxicity and supports high levels of glutathione in the liver, one of the liver’s main mechanisms for self-protection. Andrographis paniculata enhances gall bladder function, increases bile flow, and has been found to be as effective as milk thistle in protecting the liver. Andrographolide has demonstrated protection to the liver in many studies and effectiveness against infective hepatitis. In one study, Andrographis paniculata was given to patients with infective hepatitis and a statistically highly significant decrease was noted in various subsequent liver function tests.
Picrorhiza kurroa has been commonly used and well-investigated for the treatment of jaundice and improves bile secretion. The plant has also been shown to be hepatoprotective in various animal models of hepatotoxicity like carbon tetrachloride, d-galactosamine, paracetamol, and thioacetamide. It is also used for digestion problems including indigestion, constipation, and ongoing diarrhoea. It may help cleanse the liver and work as a treatment for those with cirrhosis of the liver. It may also protect the liver when taken before or after you have been exposed to a toxin like alcohol, smoking and certain medications.
Phyllanthus Emblica shows hepatoprotective, gastroprotective, antidiabetic, hypolipidemic, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and antiulcerogenic properties. It has been reported to have magnificent immunomodulatory properties. It is also well established that the strong antioxidant activity of the phenolics has the ability to protect cells against oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Embelia ribes has numerous benefits such as antibacterial, antifertility activities, antiprotozoal, abdominal disorders, lung diseases, constipation, indigestion, fungus infections, mouth ulcer, sore throat, pneumonia, heart disease and obesity, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant.
The other name is Tulsi. Tulsi has been found to protect organs and tissues against chemical stress from industrial pollutants and heavy metals, and physical stress from prolonged physical exertion, ischemia, physical restraint and exposure to cold and excessive noise. Tulsi has also been shown to counter metabolic stress through the normalization of blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels, and psychological stress through positive effects on memory and cognitive function and through its anxiolytic and anti-depressant properties. Tulsi is recommended as a treatment for a range of conditions including anxiety, cough, asthma, diarrhoea, fever, dysentery, arthritis, eye diseases, otalgia, indigestion, hiccups, vomiting, gastric, cardiac and genitourinary disorders, back pain, skin diseases, ringworm, insect, snake and scorpion bites and malaria.
Directions for use
- Below 10 years: ½ Teaspoon ( 2 – 3 times daily )
- Above 10 years: 1-2 Teaspoons ( 2 – 3 times daily )
- Alcoholic liver Cirrhosis
- Fatty Liver Disease
- Viral Hepatitis
- Drug-Induced Liver disorders
- Primary Liver Cancer
Heptol is not known to have any side effects if taken as per the prescribed dosage.
Storage and safety information
- Store in a cool and dry place and away from sunlight.