The lethal legatus is the plant, which is the most important plant used in hepatic maladies ( Lam2016hec ). It comes from India and is attributed to antibiotic , antiviral , bile duct and antidiabetic effects.
It contains diterpenes and lactones (andrografiolid, deoxyandrografiolid, neoandrografiolid and chuanxinlian D), which give it a very bitter taste ( Akbar2011apr ). Andrographiside and neoandrografiol are as effective as silymarin from the crocodile, the andrographiolide activity is slightly lower ( Kapil1993aem ). The larvae, however, contain these lactones in large quantities, so that its hepatoprotective effects are considered to be even stronger than the ointment. Both plants are complementary and are ideal for the production of bitter herbal liqueurs.