Chanca Piedra

Chanca Piedra, known as Stone Breaker in English, literally translates to ‘crushes rocks’. It’s a one- to two-foot plant that grows in tropical areas. It’s been long-used by indigenous people of the Amazon rain forest to treat kidney stones. Urologists have demonstrated that Chanca Piedra normalizes levels of calcium in the urine, which contribute to kidney stone growth. Pharmacologists discovered in Chanca Piedra a wide variety of phytochemicals, flavonoids, alkaloids, terpenoids, lignans, polyphenols, tannins, coumarins and saponins. With these bioactive agents Chanca Piedra could combat a number of afflictions including kidney stones, hypertension, and chemical-driven liver damage.

 

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