Phyllanthus niruri is a herb also more popularly known as Chanca Piedra. It is a tropical plant commonly found in coastal areas and in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. It is an important plant in Ayurvedic medicine which is used to treat stomach problems, bladder issues, liver and kidney problems as well; this is what is of interest to us gout sufferers since liver and kidney health is very important to manage those healthy uric acid levels that we desire in order to avoid gout flares or a gout attack. Chanca piedra is widely used in Brazil and Peru as a herbal remedy to fight kidney stones and is termed the stonebreaker or shatter stone. It is effective in treating jaundice as well as hepatitis.
In a clinical study of 150 patients with kidney stones (25mm in diameter) over a 6-month period showed that taking an extract of this herb reduced the incidence of kidney stone formation quite significantly.
In another 2010 study involving rats chanca piedra clearly showed how the herb interfered with the many stages of stone formation. We do need to conduct more long-term studies in order to prove this for therapeutic purposes. This holds a lot of promise which shows that chanca piedra can prevent and defend us against kidney stones since we gout sufferers are at an increased risk already.
In another 2002 study out of India found the chanca piedra helped to increase bile secretion of the liver. This helps you with digestion helping eliminate waste and to better absorb nutrients you consume. So chanca piedra can help rid your body of painful kidney stones and even prevent them in the first place. It supports kidney health as well as detoxifying the liver, increasing urination which is important for us gout sufferers (more urine = less uric acid in the body). It balances liver enzymes so that you can enjoy a healthy liver.
In a 1990 personal study conducted by German Dr. Wolfram Wiemann treated over 100 patients who suffered from kidney stones with chanca piedra that she obtained from Peru and found it to be 94% successful in eliminating the kidney stones within 1-2 weeks! If you want to learn more about doing a all-natural kidney cleanse, I strongly recommend Lauren Felts book The Miracle Kidney Cleanse and she provides great insights on the subject.
You can consume chanca piedra as a supplement in the form of capsules as well as a tea. Add some raw honey if you want to sweeten it up. Always speak to your doctor before proceeding with consuming chanca piedra to make sure it doesn’t interact with any existing medication that you are taking. Pregnant women, diabetics and if you have any bleeding disorders or recently completed a surgery, make sure to speak to your doctor since chanca piedra may provide you with adverse effects.
On – By Spiro Koulouris