Chanca Piedra (Phyllanthus niruri), known as “Stone Breaker” in English, literally translates to “crushes rocks.” It’s a one- to two-foot plant that grows in tropical of the rain forest. It’s been long-used by indigenous people of the Amazon to treat digestion problems in the kidneys, bladder, and urethra. Urologists have demonstrated that Chanca Piedra normalizes levels of calcium in the urine.
Pharmacologists discovered in Chanca Piedra a wide variety of phytochemicals, flavonoids, alkaloids, terpenoids, lignans, polyphenols, tannins, coumarins and saponins. With these bioactive agents Chanca Piedra could combat a number of digestive afflictions.
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