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Chancapiedra: Use, dosage and how to take it

by Alivia Nyhan
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Nature contributes in a unique way to medicine and people’s health; this is how nowadays, traditional remedies from natural plants are used that fight multiple diseases without side effects and take advantage of all the properties they offer.

The chancapiedra, popularly known as stonebreaker, comes from various parts of the world. It is a herb that grows wild and adapts perfectly to any soil. This phenomenon occurs specifically in the Amazon, Bahamas, China, and India. It is a remedy used since the time of the indigenous people to eliminate the stones located in the bladder and kidney. In addition, it is widely used in South America and the Caribbean. In this FastlyHealarticle, you will learn everything you need about Chancapiedra: what it is for, its dosage, and how to take it.

What is the Chancapiedra for

It is a natural remedy popularly known for removing stones that may form or accumulate in this area of the urinary tract. Its scientific name is Phyllanthus niruri, a plant that grows wild. The whole plant can take advantage of its medicinal properties, having a curative and preventive effect.

It also contains substances such as vitamin C, lignans, flavonoids, and natural antioxidants. In addition to its benefits at the urinary level, it has many others in different organs and systems, among which are:

  • It is indicated in people recovering from hepatitis and alcoholism as a hepatoprotection.
  • It has an antispasmodic effect because it causes muscle relaxation in the urinary tract and the gallbladder. In this way, the expulsion of kidney and biliary stones is facilitated. Both calcium oxalate and uric acid not only act by eliminating them but also by preventing their formation.
  • It has an analgesic, diuretic, hypotensive and hypoglycemic effect.
  • The hypotensive effect is because it allows the elimination of sodium easily.
  • It is instrumental in hyperinsulinism and insulin resistance.
  • Increases diuresis.
  • It acts as an antipyretic.
  • It has a laxative effect, which is why it improves constipation.
  • It has digestive properties and acts as an antacid.
  • Lowers cholesterol levels.
  • It has an antiviral and antimicrobial effect against Hepatitis A, B, and C viruses, HIV, and Herpes. It is also an antiparasitic used against malaria.
  • It is an excellent antioxidant.
  • It allows you to lose weight due to its diuretic effect.
  • Helps decrease uric acid.

In addition, it is used in cases of infectious processes due to gonorrhea, menorrhagia, and gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea, ulcers, and wounds.

Chancapiedra: dosage and how to take it

This healing plant is usually consumed in the form of an infusion. The leaves and the stem must be placed in boiling water, approximately 20 grams in 1 liter of water, to prepare it. In this way, it will be used in cases where it is necessary to eliminate bladder and kidney stones, taking 1 to 2 cups daily.

When adults must take it in the form of tincture, it is necessary to ingest 10 to 20 ml, divided into 2 or 3 daily doses diluted in water.

Another way to take it is by presenting a powder capsule. You can ingest 0.5 to 2 grams a day. It is essential to take 2 to 3 capsules daily before breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The intake of this plant in children will be governed by body weight, that is, 0.4 ml/kg per day in fewer than 12 hours. Parents should be aware of this consumption in children.

This dose should not be exceeded since, in many cases, a laxative effect can be had when an overdose occurs. Nor should it be consumed for a time longer than 3 months, so when that period ends, 2-week breaks are taken before starting a new cycle.

Contraindications of chancapiedra

The aforementioned natural remedy has some side effects due to an overdose or prolonged use. Among the main ones is that it can trigger an upset stomach or diarrhea.

On the other hand, chancapiedra should not be ingested by children under six or by pregnant women since it crosses the placenta and can reach the fetus and cause an abortion. Likewise, it tends to pass through breast milk, modifying its taste, so it should not be taken by lactating women either.

The importance of the medical prescription to ingest this plant must be kept in mind. Therefore, it is necessary to go to the doctor and check its intake (or not) in the following cases:

  • It is required to do some surgery less than two weeks after starting the consumption of this plant.
  • When you have diabetes, blood clotting disorders, or are taking anticoagulants.
  • If you are taking other medications that could interact with this natural plant.

Do not hesitate to go to the doctor. Only he can indicate the treatment of this natural remedy according to the symptoms you present.

This article is merely informative. At FastlyHeal .com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any condition or discomfort.

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