Chanca piedra long remained a well-kept secret, though
it was widely used in both Amazonian and Ayurvedic
medicine. While its name translates to “stone breaker”,
this herb may also protect the liver, lower
inflammation, help with diabetes, and combat infections.
Chanca piedra is part of a big plant genus known as Phyllanthus. These
plants grow in tropical regions all over the world –
from China to India to the vast and largely unexplored
rainforests of the Amazon.
The “Stone Breaker”
Chanca piedra is well-known for its use to dissolve
kidney stones. Research suggests it may also protect
the liver, fight infections, and lower oxidative stress
and inflammation. Plus, it contains some potential
cancer-fighting compounds that have yet to be further
In Brazil, people call it “Quebra Pedra,” which means
“stone breaker” in Portuguese. Some consider it an
excellent remedy for a range of kidney disorders. Its
use in Ayurvedic traditional medicine is
well-documented. In Ayurveda, chanca piedra has been
Jaundice and fever
Digestive complaints (such as constipation, pain,
IBD, and indigestion)
Sexually transmitted diseases (syphilis, gonorrhea)
Urinary tract infections
1) Dissolving Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are
deposits of minerals and salts that build up in the
kidneys or urinary tract. In clinical studies with over
200 people with kidney stones, chanca piedra (Phyllanthus
their kidney stones, helping to clear the minerals
and salt deposits
Chanca piedra may truly act as a “stone crusher.”
According to rat and cell-based studies, it might dissolve
kidney stones by:
Blocking the growth and the clustering of salts that
form kidney stones
Dissolving already-formed kidney stones
Clearing this dissolved mixture of salts and
minerals from kidney stones (uric acid, oxalate,
potassium, calcium, and magnesium) and helping
eliminate them by promoting urination
Overall, the available evidence is limited but suggests
it works. More
clinical studies are desperately needed, but
chanca piedra appears to be a promising herbal remedy
for clearing kidney stones naturally.
2) Protecting the Liver
In clinical studies with over 3.5k people, chanca piedra
blocked the growth and division of the hepatitis
B virus, reduced virus levels in the blood (HBsAg),
and recovered liver
However, in several studies with over 1K people with
hepatitis B, antiviral drugs worked better than chanca
In a clinical study on 100 people with hepatitis
C, chanca piedra increased multiple important
antioxidant compounds (superoxide dismutase, catalase,
glutathione, vitamin C, vitamin E). It also decreased
oxidative stress and prevented liver
In animal and cellular studies, chanca
piedra prevented liver injury caused by toxins, drugs,
or alcohol and protected liver function by
lowering oxidative stress and blocking harmful
Traditionally, chanca piedra has been used for reducing
jaundice, a yellowing of the skin related to liver
What does chanca piedra do to enhance liver function and
Overall, it may protect the liver by:
Decreasing enzymes linked to liver damage (ALT, AST)
Reducing bilirubin levels, high levels of which
indicate liver disease
“De-blocking” liver detox pathways; it blocks an
enzyme that reverses the detoxifying process of
Increasing antioxidant enzymes (superoxide
dismutase, catalase, glutathione)
Lowering oxidative stress and inflammation
To sum it up, chanca
piedra may help combat viral hepatitis, but
it’s probably not superior to conventional antivirals.
It may also help clear toxins and support healthy liver
3) Protecting the Heart
Chanca piedra lowered
high blood pressure in clinical studies
with over 1K people.
This benefit was explored in detail in animal studies.
In rats and mice, chanca piedra had powerful
lipid-balancing effects; it reduced total cholesterol,
triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, VLDL cholesterol and
increased HDL cholesterol. Balanced blood lipid levels
are key to preventing heart disease.
In other studies on rabbits, rats, and cells, chanca
piedra reduced blood pressure, prevented excessive
platelet clumping, relaxed blood vessels, and improved
heart function .
It might also keep the heart healthy by decreasing
enzymes that signal oxidative stress, heart or tissue
damage (such as dehydrogenase, creatine phosphokinase,
and alkaline phosphatase).
All in all, chanca
piedra seems to be good for the heart.
It may lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart
damage while relaxing and protecting your blood vessels.
Clinical studies are still limited, though.
Chanca Piedra Side Effects & Precautions
One species of chanca piedra – Phyllanthus
niruri – is safe and non-toxic. Common
side effects are mild and include:
Headache or dizziness
However, the other species – Phyllanthus
amarus – could
be toxic in high doses. It enlarged
blood vessels and caused kidney damage in rats and mice
Pregnant women and women taking fertility-enhancing
drugs should avoid taking chanca piedra.
Traditionally, this plant was used for abortions and may
cause abnormalities with the fetus. It should also not
be taken while breastfeeding or by children due
to the lack of safety data in these two populations.
Although there is no clinical evidence, chanca piedra
lowered both male and female fertility in mice.
Consult your doctor before supplementing with chanca
piedra if you are on medication.
capsules - $32.00
Take one capsule three times a day. With
or without food.