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What is Phyllanthus niruri?
Phyllanthus amarus, or niruri, is the plant commonly referred to as Phyllanthus or Bhumyamalaki. It is a member of the Euphorbiaceae family. It can grow to 12-24 inches in height and blooms with many yellow flowers. The whole plant and its aerial parts are used for many remedies, mostly biliary and urinary. Some examples are kidney and gallbladder stones, hepatitis, colds, flu, tuberculosis, and other viral infections. It has also been proven effective in liver diseases like jaundice and liver cancer.
It is sometimes used for bacterial infections such as cystitis, prostatitis, venereal diseases, and urinary tract infections.The main constituents in Phyllanthus include; lignans (phyllanthine and hypophyllanthine), alkaloids, bioflavonoids (quercetin), and repandusinic acid. Repandusinic acid has been shown to have anti-viral properties in vitro, inhibiting HIV and HTLV-I replication; this agent also has HIV reverse transciptase activity.
What is the effective dosage of Phyllanthus niruri supplementation?
Dosages are dependent on the type of preparation and the intended condition to be treated. Generally, if using a 1:2 strength tincture, the dosage range is 0.2 - 3.0 milliliters, three times daily. For whole powder forms, the dose is 1 to 2 gram per day.
What are the benefits of Phyllanthus niruri supplementation?
• Phyllanthus niruri is very effective in treating viral infection of the liver, specifically hepatitis B.
• It also has diuretic effect.
• It has demonstrated hypoglycemic effects in animals and humans.
• It is recommended for kidney stones and gallstones (active stones and as a preventative).
• It is used to tone, balance, strengthen, detoxify and protect the liver (and to balance liver enzymes).
• It helps to tone, balance, strengthen, detoxify and protect the kidneys and to reduce uric acid and increase urination.
• In ayurvedic medicine, it is used to treat diabetes.
What are the side effects of Phyllanthus niruri supplementation?
Phyllanthus niruri is very safe at recommended dosage.
• It has been documented with female antifertility effects in one mouse study; therefore it is not for pregnant or breast feeding women.
• It may increase the effect of diabetic, high blood pressure, and diuretic drugs.