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Punch-wall tea – Benefits and properties

by Dianna Leon

With the scientific name Parietaria officinalis L. , the pera-wall plant is perennial, reaching between 2 and 6 meters in height. Its stems are pubescent, and its glomeruli are dense, multiflowered and axillary. With alternate whole leaves, the plant, also known as rock breaker, rock breaker, snake basil, herb of our lady, santa ana herb, tiritana, among others, has many medicinal properties and indications for use as a plant popular medicine.

Benefits and properties

With astringent, anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, depurative, diuretic, emollient, intellectual stimulant, expectorant, laxative, refreshing and vulnerary properties, the consumption of piercing walls is indicated to treat several diseases and health problems.

Among its benefits are the treatment of lung disease, anuria – lack of urine -, artery problems, acute or chronic arthritis, gonorrhea, bronchitis, kidney and gallbladder stones, cancer, cystitis, heart problems, dermatoses, liver disorders, dysuria – urine shortage -, back pain, edema, stranguria – slow and painful urination which can be caused by bladder and ureter problems – wounds, liver problems, boils, hemorrhoids, hydrops, vocal cord infection, hepatitis, stone in the kidneys, burns, catarrhal coughs, tumors, ulcers, urinary inflammation and in general, and can be used as a mild laxative.

Its parts used are the leaves, which contain mucilage, tannic acid and potassium nitrate as chemical constituents, which provide properties that make it effective as a medicinal plant.

How to use the piercing wall and prepare your tea?

To prepare piercing tea, you should use the proportion of two tablespoons of the herb for every 1 liter of water. Bring the water to the fire and add the herb. Allow it to come to a boil and leave for another 10 minutes. Then turn off the heat and cover, letting the mixture rest for approximately 10 minutes. Consume between one and three cups of tea a day.

In addition to tea, the plant can be used in the form of powder, decoction, tincture and poultices. The powder from the roasted leaves should be applied to wounds and tumors, as a form of external use.


When consumed in excess, the plant can cause pollinosis. The wall piercing must not be consumed by children, pregnant or lactating women and patients with allergies to plants of its type. When used in high doses, it is abortive, purgative and toxic. The use must be done in short periods, not exceeding 21 days, as it can cause demineralization of the body.

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