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Chanca Piedra

( Phyllanthus niuri )

 

Family

Euphorbiaceae

 

Synonyms

Stonebreaker

 

Character

Anodyne, aperitif, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge

 

Description

Chanca piedra is a member of the Phyllanthus genus which has hundreds of related shrubs and trees growing in tropical South American forests. This particular variety grows in areas of Peru and is a branchy shrub with broad leaves.

 

Traditional rain forest use

Societies located in the south of India used the Phyllanthus species in a great number of folk remedies. Traditional medicinal uses targeted jaundice and other liver diseases. In the Iquitos region, chanca piedra is prepared as a tea to remedy kidney ailments. Leaves of plants closely related to chanca piedra have also been used in the western Amazon as n external insect repellant and to prevent hair loss. In the same area of the Amazonian rain forest, chanca piedra is used in tea form to treat kidney ailments. The leaves and twigs of the Phyllanthus family are also pounded and made into fish poisons.

 

Modern medicinal applications

Currently, a handful of health supplement distributors are using this herb in specific combinations designed to augment the immune system and fight infection.

 

Authentication

Glycosides which have been isolated from this species of plant have been found to have antineoplastic activity, suggesting that this may be an herb which could prevent or treat cancerous tumors. Chanca piedra has proven antihepatotoxic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bacteriocidal, and hypoglycemic activity.

 

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