phyllanthus plant

Phyllanthus Plant – Gale of the Wind

Essential Facts about Phyllanthus Plant

Names

  • Botanical: Phyllanthus niruri
  • Sanskrit: Bahupatra, tamalaki
  • Hindi: Bhumi amla
  • English: Phyllanthus
  • Other: Chanca piedra, stonebreaker (due to its ability to crush kidney and gall bladder stones), seed under leaves, or gale of the wind

Energetics

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, astringent, and sweet
  • Guna (qualities): Light, dry
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (constitution): Pacifies vata and pitta

Habitat

The phyllanthus plant is native to tropical and sub-tropical areas.

Plant Description

The plant itself grows to be between 20 and 28 inches tall, with smooth, light green bark and pale green flora. The plant produces small fruits which are filled with seeds.

Parts Used 

The whole plant

Nutrients

The benefits of the Phyllanthus plant can largely be attributed to the high amount of antioxidants and tannins present in the plant matter.

Medicinal Uses of Phyllanthus Plant

Phyllanthus is a genus of plant that has been revered for its medicinal benefits for many years. The phyllanthus genus is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine – particularly the Phyllanthus niruri variety. Phyllanthus amarus is an Amazonian variety that is used in South America.

Phyllanthus has been used to help treat a number of conditions that affect various parts of the body. There hasn’t been a lot of scientific research done on the plant as of yet, however, anecdotal reports suggest that Phyllanthus can certainly be effective at treating conditions such as ulcers, kidney stones, UTIs, and diabetes.

Here are some of the most well-known benefits of Phyllanthus.

Enhancing Liver Health

One of the most prominent and well-researched benefits of the Phyllanthus plant is its ability to help enhance the health of the liver. One study revealed that Phyllanthus possesses an impressive hepatoprotective, or liver-protecting, ability.

This means that Phyllanthus could be useful for helping to mitigate or prevent damage in the liver.

Fighting Kidney Stones

Phyllanthus niruri has also been promising in helping with the treatment of kidney stones, though the only studies done to date in this regard were done on animals.

Kidney stones are caused by a buildup of mineral sediment in the kidneys, which can solidify and become painfully difficult to pass. Phyllanthus was shown to reduce the amount of calcium present in the subjects’ urine, which could help prevent kidney stones from forming.

Fighting Cancer

Further research indicates that Phyllanthus could even be useful for helping to fight cancer. Phyllanthus emblica was used in this particular case.

The study, which was published in Phytotherapy Research in 2010, showed that an extract of the plant could help prevent tumors from growing, as well as help to encourage cancer cells to die. 

Usage and Dosage of Phyllanthus Plant

There are many ways that you can introduce the Phyllanthus plant into your body. Phyllanthus is often used in the form of capsules, teas, or extracts. It is also commonly mixed with other ingredients to enhance its medicinal properties. For example, Phyllanthus is included in the ancient rasayana, Chyawanprash.

In general, the phyllanthus plant shows promise in a number of different areas. If you think that Phyllanthus could be useful, contact a local Ayurvedic practitioner or herbalist.

 

Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)