This product is no longer sold by Raintree Nutrition, Inc. See the main product page for more information on why. Click on one of the product search links in the left margin of this page to find other available products. You can also see the rainforest products page to find other companies selling rainforest herbal supplements or rainforest plants in general.
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: This plant is best prepared as an infusion (tea): Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb in cup and allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain tea (or allow settled powder to remain in the bottom of cup) and drink warm. It is traditionally taken in 1 cup dosages, 2-3 times daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal infusions see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Contraindications: None reported.
Drug Interactions: None reported; however, it might potentiate antihypertensive and diabetic drugs.