Good news: research studies show Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra) as an effective agent against Helicobacter pylori infection.
What You Need to Know About Helicobacter pylori Infection
Helicobacter pylori (also abbreviated as H. pylori) is a spiral-shaped bacterium found to cause peptic ulcers, digestive disorders, and, after prolonged exposure, stomach cancer.
H. pylori is difficult to eradicate. It adheres to the intestinal lining. It also uses the urease enzyme, which has a toxic effect on human cells, in order to generate ammonia to give itself a friendly environment in which to thrive.
While powerful antibiotics (amoxicillin, tetracycline, and clarithromycin) are often used to treat Helicobacter pylori, side effects of the antibiotics plus the bacteria’s increasing resistance can pose serious therapeutic problems.
Phyllanthus niruri Tea and Extract
In Phytotherapy Research, scientists from the U.S. and Chile reported that Phyllanthus niruri inhibits the growth of Helicobacter pylori. Phyllanthus niruri contains numerous active ingredients like tannins, gallates, lignans, terpenoids, and various alkaloids, which is one reason why researchers believe bacteria can’t develop any resistance to it.
In fact, Phyllanthus niruri being a phytochemical powerhouse has 3 methods of inhibiting Helicobacter pylori infection.
First it inhibits the bacterium from attaching to the intestinal wall. Second, Phyllanthus niruri contains ellagitannins which, along with various lignans damage the H. pylori cell membrane. Finally the quercetin in P. niruri acts to inhibit urease enzyme. Urease enzyme is the main factor in Helicobacter pylori infection virulence. Urease is what the bacteria use to convert urea into ammonia which makes the environment friendly to H. pylori and less friendly for your gut.
The other helpful thing about Phyllanthus niruri tea and extract is that it does not effect the friendly bacteria in your microbiome. In other words, it should not upset your stomach.
The benefits of herbal supplementation don’t happen overnight. To that end, 500g of looseleaf tea provides approximately 90 total servings. With the recommended three servings a day, this amount should get you through one month. For most people, at least three months of supplementation with Phyllanthus niruri is a minimum course to address issues with Helicobacter pylori infection.
A Few Things to Note
Phyllanthus niruri tea has great potential for helicobacter pylori infection support, Lyme disease support, and kidney stone support. It may be one of the healthiest teas in the world. To learn more about Phyllanthus niruri, a good place to start is by reading the Phyllanthus FAQ.