Do you know the stone breaker? This plant, which normally grows in small spaces between stones, can be found in backyards, sidewalks, between cracks in walls, etc., a fact that popularizes its use as medicinal tea.
Famous for breaking kidney stones, its scientific name is Phyllanthus niruri L . and originates from Europe and Asia.
The stone breaker herb can be used to combat kidney stones, renal colic, respiratory infections, catarrh, high uric acid, amenorrhea, dysentery, swelling, prostate problems, hepatitis B and poor appetite. Its benefits are due to its diuretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, relaxing, anti-cancer, anti-infective properties, and because it contains linoleic, linolenic and ricinoleic acid, phenolic compounds, vitamin C, lignans, triterpenoids, flavonoids quercetin , rutin, astragalin, nirurine, fisetin, glycosides, triacontanal, hypophylanthine, flavone derivatives, triterpenoids, steroids and estradiol.
How to make tea from a stone breaker
To prepare the tea, it is necessary to take 1 liter of water and 10 grams of dried stone-breaker leaves. Put the leaves in water, and bring to the fire. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover the container and let it sit for about ten minutes.
Consume 2-3 cups a day.
Side effects and contraindications
The tea should be taken in short periods, for up to 21 days, as it can be toxic. If it is necessary to continue treatment, take a break for a week, then take for another three.
The tea should not be consumed by children, pregnant and nursing women.
Why use tea?
The stone breaker tea has already had its use proven by many researches as a beneficial element to the kidneys. However, its use as effective in eliminating kidney stones has not yet been proven, and there are mixed opinions among medical professionals. Some doctors believe that tea prevents the formation of kidney stones, however, it is important to pay attention to consumption, since the excessive use of diuretics causes the loss of many minerals important to the human body.
According to some records, the tea has already been used by indigenous people to treat urinary infections, nephritic edema, with an antibacterial effect, to fight cancer, conjunctivitis, allergies, diabetes, diarrhea, throat infections, treatment of thrush and also acts as a a liver purifier.