The world’s healthiest plant, Chanca Piedra therapeutic uses include helping to treat kidney stones and chronic illnesses.
It’s time to introduce you to the World’s Healthiest Plant, Chanca Piedra, also known as Phyllanthus niruri and Stone Breaker. The list of Chanca Piedra therapeutic uses is a long one. But then, Chanca Piedra is an amazing plant.
What Is Chanca Piedra?
Chanca Piedra, also known as Stone Breaker and Phyllanthus niruri, is a small herb found in tropical rainforests and coastal areas. Popular in South America, it has 100+ identified bioactive compounds. Best known for helping to eliminate kidney stones and gall stones, it is also traditionally used in Andean medical systems and around the world to address a variety of chronic illnesses.
Being phytochemically rich, Phyllanthus niruri has the potential to help many body systems. It has been traditionally used to support the renal system, help the immune and lymphatic systems combat viruses and bacteria, support the digestive system, and reduce stress on the pancreatic system. It has been used for thousands of years and is the subject of more than 1,000 scientific studies.
Chanca Piedra is a small, erect, annual herb that grows 30-40 cm in height. It is indigenous to the rainforests of the Amazon. Phyllanthus niruri is prevalent in the Amazon and other wet rainforests, growing and spreading freely (much like a weed). Phyllanthus amarus is closely related to Phyllanthus niruri in appearance, phytochemical structure, and history of use, but their medicinal properties are different, and they are typically found in the drier tropical climates of India and Brazil.
The Phyllanthus genus contains over 600 species of shrubs, trees, and annual or biennial herbs distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of both hemispheres. Unfortunately, plant identification can be challenging, and in many cases plant misidentification makes evaluation of published information difficult. Oftentimes Phyllanthus amarus is indicated to be synonymous with Phyllanthus niruri, though the two plants are different.
Chanca Piedra Traditional Uses
A decoction of the Phyllanthus niruri herb has been traditionally used to help eliminate kidney stones and gallbladder stones (gallstones) and support healthy skin. According to the Ayurvedic system of medicine, Phyllanthus niruri is considered cooling and anti-inflammatory.
In ethnomedical systems around the world, it is thought to be effective against bronchitis, leprosy, malaria, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis, herpes, and anemia, as well as to promote urinary discharge. According to the Unani system of medicine, it stimulates digestion in the stomach and is useful for sores, in chronic dysentery, and for jaundice.
Chanca Piedra Therapeutic Uses
Chanca Piedra therapeutic uses have been researched and analyzed in over 1,600 scientific papers, including in vitro, animal, and human studies.
Chanca Piedra (“stone breaker” in Spanish) is a small herb found in tropical rainforests and coastal areas. Popular in South America, it has 100+ bioactive compounds. I myself drank a decoction of Chanca Piedra three times a day for three months in order to help rid my body of Lyme disease.
Being phytochemically rich, Chanca Piedra therapeutic uses include support for the renal system, help for the immune and lymphatic systems combat viruses and bacteria, support for the digestive system, and reduction of stress on the pancreatic system.
Phyllanthus niruri is also many times more powerful than dietary antioxidants (like Vitamin C and E) in helping your body neutralize Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). Overproduction of ROS causes aging and many diseases.
More Chanca Piedra Therapeutic Uses
Chanca Piedra therapeutic uses are abundant because the plant has a rare combination of powerful antioxidant properties – it not only inhibits reactive oxygen species (ROS) production but also stimulates the body’s production of superoxide dismutase, lowers lipid peroxidation, and scavenges free radicals.
Its various bioactive compounds (alkaloids, flavonoids, polyphenols, and coumarins) include a unique phyto-protein. Together, these elements protect against oxidative damage and stimulate repair mechanisms. A recent study even suggested that extracts of the plant might be helpful in mitigating Alopecia-type hair loss.
The World’s Best Synergistic Adaptogen
Phyllanthus niruri is a member of a rare and remarkable group of plants called adaptogens. Adaptogens help the body adapt to different kinds of stress (be it physical, chemical, biological, emotional, or environmental), which is essential for maintaining good health.
Chanca Piedra has one of the largest varieties of tannins, saponins, flavonoids, and glycosides. These chemical compounds give adaptogens their health benefits. Phyllanthus niruri is uniquely synergistic in the way it acts as adaptogen, making it extremely powerful. Panax Ginseng, the most famous adaptogen, contains 28 types of saponins, whereas Phyllanthus niruri contains 168 different active compounds. That’s 6 times as many. A recent study shows potential for Phyllanthus niruri to be a beneficial immunomodulator in Hanson’s disease.
Smoothies to Improve Gut Health
The Linden Botanicals team developed a simple and healthy gut smoothie recipe to help you improve digestion and heal your gut. Gut health smoothies are blended drinks of fresh fruits, dark leafy greens, supplements, and Chanca Piedra that will help you improve your gut health while also energizing you and transforming your body from the inside out. Best of all — they taste great!
Chanca Piedra – The World’s Healthiest Plant
Would you like to learn more about the health benefits of Chanca Piedra? Or are you ready to try the the world’s most beneficial plant? We hope so. But to be clear, we sell Chanca Piedra, not because it may relieve any specific condition, but because we like that it supports the function of various body systems. In particular, its immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, liver supporting, kidney supporting and neuroprotective properties can help you optimize your health.
To learn more, a good place to start is with the Chanca Piedra FAQ.