Phyllanthus urinaria is an herb found mostly in tropical, sea breeze type climates. It is found in India, Indonesia, China, Bahamas and few other countries. The other name for the herb is Phyllanthus amarus, Phyllanthus niruri, Phyllanthus debilis. In China it is called by the name Hsieh-hsia Chu, In Brazil it is called Quebra pedra and in India where it is used in many herbal medicines it is called Pitirishi and also Budhatri. It can grow up to 12-24 inches in height and blooms with many greenish white flowers. All parts of the plant are employed therapeutically. The difference between Phyllanthus urinaria and Phyllanthus amarus or Phyllanthus niruri is that the urinaria has larger leaves than the latter and the fruit of Phyllanthus urinaria is wart-like.
Phyllanthus has been used for generations in India as an immune system stimulator and to treat people with liver disease including hepatitis. In traditional Chinese medicine, the practitioners use this herb, with its “cool” nature, to clear dampness, heat and toxicity. Research has shown that Phyllanthus urinaria has been shown to block DNA polymerase, which is the enzyme needed for the hepatitis B virus to reproduce.
The key benefits of Phyllanthus urinaria is that it acts as Anodyne, antibacterial, liver protective, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, choleretic, diuretic, improves digestion, emmemagogue, laxative, vermifiuge. The herb clears the liver, benefits the vision and expels parasites. It is used for the treatment of many different problems such as Hepatitis, jaundice, Gallstones, Urinary tract infection, nephretic edema, urinary stones, enteritis and diarrhea, swollen and inflamed rectum, prostatitis, gonorrhea, syphillis, vaginitis, asthma, bronchitis, cough, tuberculosis, fever, influenza, digestive pain, joint pain, conjunctivitis, anemia. It is used in many herbal products produced which have benefits like helping to soothe the liver and in the detoxification of the liver.
The herb is proven to act as antiviral in hepatitis, smooth muscle relaxation to the urinary and biliary tract, lowers blood glucose in diabetic patients and acts a muscle relaxant for the urinary system. The benefit that phyllanthus urinaria provides in cases of liver disorder is mostly due to the anti-viral affect of the ayurvedic herb.
- Ayurvedic herbs are quite effective in the treatment of ascites
- Ayurvedic treatment along with diet control is very effective for liver disorders