Looking for herbs for kidneys? Try Chanca Piedra tea or extract (also called Phyllanthus niruri and Stonebreaker).
Herbs for Kidneys: Natural Kidney Stone Support
If you have kidney stones and you want to flush them out without an expensive hospital visit or immense pain, try Chanca Piedra tea, powder, or extract. Also called Phyllanthus niruri and Gale of the Wind, Chanca Piedra is a popular option for kidney stone support throughout South America. Of all the herbs for kidneys, Chanca Piedra is possibly the most effective. In fact, Chanca Piedra means “stone breaker” in Spanish.
Chanca Piedra tea has traditionally been used in Andean medicine systems to treat chronic illnesses and ailments. It is also used to provide support for Lyme disease. Chanca Piedra has 100+ bioactive compounds. It’s a powerful antioxidant, a nootropic, and the world’s best synergistic adaptogen.
We believe Chanca Piedra offers more health benefits than any other tea in the world.
Chanca Piedra Supports Kidney Stone Elimination
We’re often asked how herbs for kidneys can help with kidney stone elimination.
Drinking Chanca Piedra tea or incorporating Chanca Piedra extract into one’s diet won’t technically break the kidney stone. Instead, it stops the accretion of calcium in the kidney, smooths the spiky surface of the stone, stops spasms, eases pain, and reduces the size of the stone so it can pass easily through your urine stream. Chanca Piedra also builds a defense system, which reduces the reoccurrence of kidney stones.
Chanca Piedra has several helpful mechanisms that block the formation of oxalate crystals in the kidneys. For example, it recruits glycosaminoglycans, blending them into the crystal matrix. The result in smaller accretions vs. true crystals, which are larger and more jagged.
Chanca Piedra is also a natural diuretic and a smooth muscle relaxant specific to the renal system. It stops the spasms related to the pain of the stone and makes you want to urinate. Ultimately, you pass the stone with less pain or in some cases no pain.
Scientists worldwide have studied the use of Chanca Piedra in eliminating kidney stones.
Where to Get Chanca Piedra
Chanca Piedra grows in the Amazon jungle of Peru. However, the common name “Chanca Piedra” is often applied to two other plants: Phyllanthus amarus from India and Phyllanthus urinaria from southeast Asia. While these two plants may offer health benefits, they are not the most effective herbs for kidneys.
If “Chanca Piedra” is grown southeast Asia or India, it’s a different plant than the highly beneficial Phyllanthus niruri grown in Peru. It’s a different species grown in different terroir, and it offers less effective kidney stone support. Some suppliers may argue that it’s the same plant regardless where it’s grown anywhere in the world. They may not know the difference and may incorrectly assume that all plants of the Phyllanthus genus are the same.
Once you’re sure you’re getting real Chanca Piedra from Peru, also make sure you’re buying from a reputable supplier. The plants grow wild throughout the Amazon jungle, and some suppliers collect poor-quality plants. Only buy your Chanca Piedra from a company you trust.
Form Factor Matters
Lots of suppliers sell herbs for kidneys like Chanca Piedra in capsule form. However, capsules don’t contain the amount of Chanca Piedra you need. As an example, three capsules equate to roughly 1.5 grams, which gives you about 12% of the daily amount of Phyllanthus niruri you need.
Chanca Piedra tea or extract is a much better option than capsules. The tea and extract incorporate key phytoconstituents in a critically important way. In addition, drinking 32 ounces of Chanca Piedra tea each day helps you achieve your recommended daily water intake. (Read more on this subject here.)
Herbs for Kidneys – Resources
Halting the formation of kidney stones begins with dietary and behavioral changes. These changes may include decreasing sodium intake, staying hydrated, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and drinking Chanca Piedra tea for ongoing kidney support.