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Chanca Piedra – Phyllanthus niruri

Phyllanthus niruri


Chanca Piedra technical report, database file, and photos from Raintree

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Family: Euphorbiaceae

Height: 30-40cm

Phyllanthus niruri is a herb that laboratory tests show may inhibit calcium oxalate crystal formation, protect the liver and have analgesic properties. This plant has a long history of safe use in Amazonian and Ayurvedic herbal medicine.  Also known as Quebra Pedra in the Rainforest and Bhumi Amla in India

Constituents: Alkaloids, astragalin, brevifolin, carboxylic acids, corilagin, cymene, ellagic acid, ellagitannins, gallocatechins, geraniin, hypophyllanthin, lignans, lintetralins, lupeols, methyl salicylate, niranthin, nirtetralin, niruretin, nirurin, nirurine, niruriside, norsecurinines, phyllanthin, phyllanthine, phyllanthenol, phyllochrysine, phyltetralin, repandusinic acids, quercetin, quercetol, quercitrin, rutin, saponins, triacontanal, tricontanol

Actions: Analgesic, antibacterial, antihepatotoxic, anti-inflammatory, antilithic, antimalarial, antimutagenic, antinociceptive, antispasmodic, antiviral, aperitif, carminative,choleretic, deobstruent, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, hepatotonic, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic,hypotensive, laxative, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge.