Chanca Piedra is the Spanish name given to the herb Phyllanthus niruri that is native to the Amazonian region of South America. The term “Chanca Piedra” literally means “to break stone” which reflects its traditional use in treating kidney stones and gallstones.
Modern clinical trials have suggested that it deals with these painful conditions extremely effectively by reducing calcium levels in the urine, promoting the flow of bile through the gallbladder, inhibiting the formation of calcium oxalate crystals that make up kidney stones and allowing them to pass more easily when they do occur. It has also been studied in clinical trials for supporting liver health and combating certain viruses that affect the liver.
- Country of origin: India
- Part used: Phyllanthus niruri leaves
- Solvent for extraction: Methanol/water
- Stored form: Light brown to dark brown powder