Herb of the Month
Parts used: All parts.
Charaka mentions the plant. In ayurveda the expressed juice of the
fresh plant is given for a sluggish liver and also for chronic
liver diseases. It is commonly and widely used for dysentery and
intestinal colic. Phyllanthus niruri, also called "stonebreaker"
due to its strong roots, is native to South America. The plant is
dried into an extract that acts as a diuretic and an astringent
Common in central and southern India extending to Sri Lanka.
Phyllanthus niruri is an annual, herb; height varies between 30–60
cm. Stem is angular with numerous distichous, elliptic-oblong
leaves. Flowers are yellow and very numerous; monoecious with 1–3
staminate flowers and solitary pistillate flower borne axillary.
Fruits capsule, very small, globose, smooth, seeds 3-gonous,
longitudinally ribbed on the back. Seed to seed cycle occurs in
two or four weeks. The flowering time in Indian conditions is July
Phyllanthus has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 2,000
years and has a wide number of traditional uses.
This includes employing the whole plant for jaundice, gonorrhea,
frequent menstruation, and diabetes and using it topically as a
poultice for skin ulcers, sores, swelling, and itchiness
Liver Disorders/ Jaundice :
The herb stimulates the liver
and is useful in liver and spleen disorders. It can be used in
jaundice and enlargement of liver. The leaf should be administered
with black salt and ginger every morning for 10 days in the
treatment of such disorders.
Loss of Appetite:
Its root, leaves, fruits, milky juice is very useful in Loss of
appetite . It is a major component of many popular liver tonics
which increase Appetite & locally to relieve inflammations.
The plant is also used as a diuretic in oedema. Powdered leaves &
roots - pulverized & made into poultice with rice-water useful in
oedematous swelling and ulcers.
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