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Chanca piedra means "stone breaker" throughout South America and the Amazon and it is widely used in South America for kidney stones and gallstones.* For more information about Chanca Piedra (Phyllanthus niruri), please refer to the Database File for Chanca Piedra in the Tropical Plant Database. More information can also be found in the new Antimicrobial Guide. To see pictures of chanca piedra, click here.
Traditional Uses:* for kidney stones and gallstones (active stones and as a preventative); to tone, balance, strengthen, detoxify and protect the kidneys and to reduce uric acid and increase urination; to tone, balance, strengthen, detoxify, and protect the liver (and to balance liver enzymes)
Suggested Use: 1,000 to 1,500 mgs twice daily or as directed by a health care professional.
Contraindications: None reported.
Drug Interactions: None reported; however, it might potentiate antihypertensive and diabetic drugs.