Chanca Piedra Kidney Stones

chanca piedraChanca Piedra Kidney Stones

Nature has offered too many gifts to us in the form of different flora, fauna and minerals. There a millions of plants those have unique medicinal qualities.  There are wide array of plants that can be used in various ways like the medicines do.

The best part is that such natural ingredients do not produce any acute effect on the body. The medicinal qualities of the herbs are mild and produce optimum effect. The ethno biological studies carried out on the different herbs are prove to have therapeutic usages for treating various diseases. The plant Chanca Piedra is also of the herbs that are quite useful in preventing different pathological conditions.

This is known to be an effective drug for decomposing the select category of kidney stone.
It is name is also suggestive of the medicinal qualities; it is consisting of two different words “chanca” that means “to break” in Quechua language and a Spanish word “piedra” which means “stone”.

What Are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones occur  during a natural process of waste elimination from the body. The kidney role is to filter waste from the blood during urination. At times, minerals and salts stick together during this process, creating the kidney stones. The kidney stones look like a little crystal. They are the size of a small ball.

What are the symptoms of kidney stones?

Some symptoms of kidney stones are: painful urination, blood in the urine, nausea, pain the stomach, pain, and back.

Small stones may pass without causing symptoms.


Medical research has been conducted by Wolfram Wiemmann to test the effectiveness of Chanca Piedra on treating kidney stones. 94 percent of the 100 test takers eliminated their kidney stones with no side effects. Research in other counties have confirmed that chanca piedra contains calcium crystals which allows the elimination of kidney cells.


This is a small herbaceous plant that is slight green color and usually found in the various regions of South America. The rain forests of Amazon are known to be place of origin for this plant. It is falling in Phyllanthus genus (botanical family Euphorbiaceae) family and is found in three different varieties namely the Phyllanthus niruri, and Phyllanthus stipulatis. This plant is bearing the pale green flowers with tiny round seeds which have various medicinal qualities like as diuretic, digestive and lever tonic.

Nutritional Value

The plant is containing different category of nutrients that can be categorized as below:

These above micro nutrients have different effects on the systemic organs like lever, kidney and renal system. These are different metabolic substances derived from the plant that produces the medicinal effects. The flavonoids are the source of different antioxidants that are beneficial in lowering the aging process. Similarly the other alkaloids present in the plant are known to produce the various effects that make it an antihepatotoxic, antiviral, bactericidal, antispasmodic, febrifugal, and hypoglycemic. The other compound in the plant makes it a rich source of the alkaline salts that are useful I decomposing the oxalate type of kidney stones easily.

Health Benefits of Chanca Piedra

Chanca Piedra as liver tonic
The antihepatotoxic effects of the plant make it useful in the treating the different liver related ailments and supports the proper functioning of liver. It is usually used as herbal tea that eliminates the different liver based toxins. It stimulates the bile production process there by cleansing the hepatic duct and liver. The substances like lycopene and other phenolic agents make it a powerful hepeto protector that has shown considerable effects on hepatitis A, B, C and HIV.

Chanca Piedra as analgesic
There is an allkolid called phyllanthoside which produces the antispasmodic and analgesic effects. This acts as muscle relaxant for the smooth muscles. This is further used to decompose the various stone particles of kidney. It is also effective on the gall bladder related stone complications.

Chanca Piedra as diuretic and renal cleanser
The extracts of the plant roots and leaves are quite effective in reducing the uric acid contents as well as producing the soluble alkaline salts that act on the various type stone as well. These salts are not absorbed by the renal system and thereby increase the urine volume. The diuretic effects are known from ages and the same is being used to treat the conditions like as uric acid depositions; gout and swelling due the same.

Other uses

The plant extract, fruits, leaves decoction and the seeds are used for various purposes. This is mainly used as the herbal supplement for various conditions like as diabetes, hypertension, gout, malaria, typhoid fever, flu, constipation, dysentery, or stomach ache.
The plant is crushed and boiled with water and allowed to cool for daily intake as the herbal tea by mixing it with honey or lemon. This is one the traditional methods of using it that is prevailing from older time.


This plant is approx 50 to 80 centimeter of height and has simple leave that are unilaterally places on the stem. It is light green in color with herbaceous appearance. It is largely found on the wet soils of sense rain forests.

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