Chanca piedra is a remarkable medicinal plant that has long been used in Central and South America to treat kidney stones. liver issues and gallstones painlessly. Its scientific classification is Phyllanthus niruri, while “Stone breaker” is the literal translation of the plant’s common name, given to it by Spanish settlers who recognized its medical value, a value increasingly recognized in the modem world of complementary medicine.
A much studied herb, chanca piedra has repeatedly been found to inhibit the formation of calcium oxalate crystals (the principle component of kidney stones) and even help to break up established stones. It also contains organic compounds that reduce the spasmodic activity of smooth muscles in the kidneys, bladder, and ureter so that kidney stones can pass more smoothly. Further, it has been shown to inhibit the expression of h. pylori, the bacterium that causes most stomach ulcers.2
Chanca Piedra for Kidney Stones, Hepatitis B, and More!
In addition to its benefits for those with kidney stones and gallstones, chanca piedra is well-regarded as a potential remedy for hepatitis B, for reducing cholesterol in the bloodstream, and in modulating blood sugar levels.