The lethal legatus is the plant that is the most important plant of the TCM used for hepatic maladies ( Lam2016hec ). It comes from India and is attributed to antibiotic , anti-viral , 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 crown , the effectiveness of andrografiolide is slightly lower ( Kapil1993aem ). However, these lactones contain large amounts of lactate, so that its hepatoprotective effects are considered to be even more potent than crocodile. Both plants are preferably supplemented and are the ideal material for the production of bitter herbal liqueurs.