Phyllanthus urinaria is not the same as Phyllanthus niruri. The reality: some suppliers don’t know the difference.
What is Phyllanthus niruri?
Phyllanthus niruri (also called Chanca Piedra and Stone Breaker) looseleaf herbal tea offers tremendous health benefits. Native to the Amazon region of Peru, it’s a nootropic, an adaptogen, and an antioxidant. With 100+ identified bioactive compounds, no other plant in the world offers as many health benefits.
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.
Chanca Piedra is Spanish for “Stone Breaker.” Phyllanthus niruri is best known as a kidney stone breaker. People throughout South America drink herbal tea made from this marvelous Peruvian plant.
Phyllanthus niruri may offer significant immune support and relief of cold and flu symptoms. Studies show it has powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and biofilm-breaking qualities. (We encourage you to check out the many studies on the NIH website.)
To be clear, Phyllanthus urinaria herbal tea is not the same thing as Phyllanthus niruri herbal tea. Phyllanthus urinaria herbal tea offers a different set of health benefits.
Why is Phyllanthus niruri tea our flagship product?
We think Phyllanthus niruri is the healthiest herbal tea in the world. Members of our team drink it every day. It is traditionally used in South America and around the world to address a variety of chronic illnesses. Linden Botanicals owner Michael Van der Linden drank the tea three times a day for three months to help rid his body of Lyme disease.
The important thing to remember is that the same actions that help with chronic illness can help your body stave off the flu or a cold. Phyllanthus niruri blocks the RNA and DNA transferase, slowing or even stopping bacteria and viruses from multiplying and allowing a more balanced immune system to handle the remaining invaders.
Does it matter where Phyllanthus herbal tea is sourced?
Our high-quality Phyllanthus niruri herbal tea is sourced from the Amazon region of Peru. It’s grown in its natural environment through a process of wildcrafting. We work with our supplier to ensure proper species identification. Members of our team have spent time in Peru and have met with both the collectors and processors personally.
Is Phyllanthus urinaria herbal tea different from Phyllanthus niruri herbal tea?
Since many plants look alike, it’s not uncommon for some suppliers to sell Phyllanthus urinaria herbal tea, which is grown in China and India. Other suppliers sell Phyllanthus amarus herbal tea from India or other herbal teas that they call Phyllanthus niruri. These herbal teas don’t share the same health benefits as Phyllanthus niruri herbal tea. Terroir (geography, landscape, sun, seasons, and rain) matters.
How can I make sure I’m getting Phyllanthus niruri herbal tea instead of Phyllanthus urinaria herbal tea?
Start by asking these questions:
- Have they themselves tried Phyllanthus niruri looseleaf herbal tea? How often do they drink it, and why do they drink it?
- Are they sourcing their Phyllanthus niruri looseleaf herbal tea from the Amazon region of Peru?
- Have they visited the Amazon region of Peru and met in person with their Peruvian supplier?
- Are they choosing Phyllanthus niruri plants grown in their natural environment through a process of wildcrafting?
- Are they managing cultivation and using organic farming methods to minimize environmental impacts and maximize health benefits?
- Are they ensuring proper species identification (especially since many plants look alike)?
It’s easy for suppliers to cultivate and sell the wrong plant, even accidentally. So choose your Phyllanthus niruri looseleaf herbal tea source wisely.