For hundreds of years, stonebreaker, Phyllanthus niruri, has been used as a herbal remedy for kidney stones, viral infections, liver disorders, bacterial infections, and many other ailments. In more recent years, however, the plant has been shown to have a multitude of beneficial effects in various conditions, affecting the kidneys, liver, blood sugar levels, and immunity.
The most significant are the effects observed in kidney stone disease. Phyllanthus niruri reduces the levels of urinary calcium and interferes with the formation and structure of kidney stones, thus slowing down or preventing the stone formation in susceptible individuals. Studies have demonstrated that the tea, drunk daily,helps the breakdown of and the passage of both kidney and gallbladder stones.
In addition, Phyllanthus niruri contains antiviral and hepatoprotective compounds, with potential for benefits in the treatment of hepatitis B.