Chanca piedra is a South American herb that has been used traditionally to help pass kidney stones. In fact, the English translation for chanca piedra is ‘stone crusher.’ Peer reviewed clinical evidence validates its historical use to help with calcium-oxalate stones, which represents 80% of kidney stones.
- Diuretic effects may gently cleanse and detoxify the kidneys
- Traditionally observed as a remedy to help with kidney stones
The traditional healers of Peru were not far off when they coined the name “stone crusher.” Studies have shown that Chanca Piedra (Phyllanthus Niruri) interferes with many stages of stone formation, reducing crystal aggregation, modifying their structure and composition as well as altering the interaction of the crystals with kidney cells.
Not all kidney stones are the same. Heredity, age, gender, and diet all play a role. Chanca Piedra has been found to be valuable in stones formed from calcium oxalate. About 80% of kidney stones are derived from calcium oxalate.
The clinical benefits of Chanca Piedra may be related to its ability to promote relaxation of the muscle specific to the urinary tract, helping to eliminate kidney stones or to clear fragments following ultrasound lithotripsy therapy.
Chanca Piedra is an effective diuretic. Several human studies have reported that Chanca Piedra may increase urinary output in as little as ten days.
Protect against infection
Chanca Piedra has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 2000 years as an antiviral and antimicrobial agent. Chanca Piedra may reduce the risk of developing a urinary tract infection, which is frequently associated with kidney stone(s). Studies have shown that Chanca Piedra is effective against bacterial strains, such as E. coli, that are frequently associated with urinary tract infections.
Cleanse and detoxify the kidney
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the kidney is considered the mother organ. Blockages of energy or Qi may result in harmful toxins accumulating in the body. Headaches, back pain, low energy, and puffiness in the face or legs may be triggered by kidney congestion. Chanca Piedra can be used to gently cleanse and detoxify the kidney, helping the body rejuvenate.