The stonebreaker is a medicinal plant also known as White Pimpinela, Saxífraga, Plucking stones, Panbreaker, Conami or Fura-wall. It has numerous health benefits such as fighting kidney stones, protecting the liver as it has diuretic and hepatoprotective properties as well as antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic and hypotherglycemic properties.
The scientific name of the stonebreaker is Phyllanthus niruri, and it can be purchased at natural goods stores, handling pharmacies and in free fairs.
What is it for?
Stonebreakers contain substances such as lignins, vitamin C, terpenes, triterpenes, tannins and flavonoids which are known to be potential natural antioxidants. It can therefore be used to:
- Treat and prevent kidney stones, because some studies suggest that the consumption of this plant could prevent the formation of stones, by inhibiting its growth and facilitating its elimination through urine
- Prevent gallstones
- Helps decrease fluid retention
- Relieve symptoms of heartburn
- Improve constipation
- Fight virus infection, such as hepatitis B, because it inhibits replication of virus DNA
- Combat muscle spasms and act as a muscle relaxant
- Help lower blood sugar by controlling diabetes, hyperinsulinism and insulin resistance
- Protect the liver from intoxication
- Helps control blood pressure by facilitating the elimination of sodium.
In addition, stonebreakers also prevent cell damage due to its antioxidant action and it may also prevent some types of cancers such as lung and breast cancer.
How to use
The stonebreaker has bitter taste initially, but overtime it becomes softer. The forms of use are:
- Infusion: 20 to 30g per liter. Take 1 to 2 cups per day
- Decoction: 10 to 20g per liter. Take 2 to 3 cups per day
- Dry extract: 350 mg up to 3 times a day
- Powder: 0.5 to 2g per day
- Tincture: 10 to 20 ml, divided into 2 or 3 daily doses, diluted in a little water
Parts of the stonebreaker that are used include the flower, root and seeds which can be found in nature as well as industrially in dehydrated form or as a tincture.
How to prepare tea
- 20 g stonebreaker
- 1 liter of water
Boil the water and add the medicinal plant and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes, strain and take the warm drink, preferably without adding sugar.
When not to be used
Stone breaking tea should not be taken by children under 6 years and by pregnant or nursing women because it has properties that when they cross the placenta and reach the baby, may cause abortion. It can also pass through breast milk hence changing the taste of milk.
In additon, one should not take this tea for more than 2 weeks in a row as it increases elimination of important minerals through urine.