3 Common Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies Trusted for Centuries

| Modified on Nov 07, 2020

Posted by Irfan (Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India) on 11/18/2012

hi, my mother has two blocks in arteries one 95% and another 25% doctors has suggested bypass bt she is also suffering from hypertension thats y we decided to go for ayurvedic treatment.

she daily takes 9 different types of ayurvedic medicines and yesterday I got to know abt remedy you suggested and we made it, pls let me knw dat can she take it along with other ayurvedic medicines or she has to discontinue them.

one more thing pls let me know duration upto which this mixture has to be taken for positive results.

waiting for your reply, thank you

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Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines) on 04/16/2010

Hi Kurt...Phyllanthus niruri is the same plant as Phyllanthus amarus. See this link:

The Raintree Database

Phyllanthus urinaria has larger leaves and a reddish stem. All three of these species are hepatoprotective when taken as a decoction.

When you make a decoction of Chanca Piedra -- you should use the whole plant and not just the roots. I just dig up the whole plant -- including roots -- wash it then gently cut up and bruise the plant and then add it to two litres of water. I boil it down to one litre, cool it, strain it then put it in a container and store it in the fridge. I don't keep it longer than about 10 days.

Here is a link to a Filipino site, which defines its use in the Philippines:

Stuart Exchange Database

I've been using this plant, together with makabuhay, tumeric and neem, for over two years now with no ill effects.

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Posted by Kurt (Cavite, Philippines) on 04/16/2010

I am extremely interested with the P. niruri herb for its hepatoprotective effect. I am from the Philippines and just recently I harvested a plant that I believe was P. Urinaria or P. niruri, It has the seeds under the leaf but not linear, the leaves are similar to the photos ive seen on the internet, its almost shrub like. I want to make sure I got the real thing. I am afraid if I make a decoction of the root it will react adversely. How do you know its the P. Urinaria?

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Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 11/06/2009
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Hi everyone. I have lived in the Philippines now for 5 yrs, and since moving here from the UK to retire, I have been growing a plethora of tropical herbs which are useful for various ailments. The most successful that I have used is a combination of fresh herbs -- Tinospora cordifolia(known locally Makabuhay), Tumeric root and Phyllanthus niruri(known as the "Stonebreaker"). I grow all these in my small garden and use and prepare them fresh as simple decoctions or tinctures. I know the history and use of all these herbs which are all fairly harmless but potent and are widely used in herbal medicines -- especially within the Ayurvedic and Unani medicines of India. I am over 6o and I periodically take all these herbs in combination to prevent arthritis, high blood, diabetes, cholesterol imbalance etc.

One day I visited a 76 y o German friend of mine, Otto, who looked really miserable. His right knee was very badly swollen with arthritis and he could barely walk -- this from a man who loves to walk miles along the beach every day. We talked and he told me how his arthritis medicine from Germany just wasn't working and he was also suffering side-effects. So I mentioned that one of these herbs -- Makabuhay -- was well known as an anti-inflammatory and arthritis cure. So I went and gave him 3 X 1 ft sticks from my Makabuhay vine, telling him to chop them shorter, bruise them then plop them into a large saucepan, add 2 litres of water, boil gently down to 1 litre, cool, strain, bottle and put it into the fridge. Drink a third of a glasss, mixed with a little orange juice(taste is very bitter) and take this 3 times a day, an hour before or two hours after each meal.

A week or so later suddenly Otto appeared at my gate in the afternoon, grinning from ear to ear. When I inspected his knee, it was normal size again with al pain gone. I was amazed that he had walked the 600 metres to my house when he couldn't walk at all before. I was also amazed that this cure had even worked, since Otto is a heavy drinker - loves his beer, wine and brandy everyday for sure. But work it did.

I have also used this same decoction successfully on someone who was suffering both from diabetes and gout. This sufferer told me that his diabetes medicine was making him feel very moody as well as quite depressed. After a week of using this decoction I received a frantic email from him asking if I had anymore Makabuhay. He was raving about it. I told him they sold the sticks of Makabuhay at the local market.

Turmeric is well known on this site.

Phyllanthus niruri is also a revered or "Rasayana" herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It cools fever, used for malaria, dissolves kidney stones(hence the Stonebreaker nickname) and acts in much the same way as Makabuhay. Recently, they have discovered through research that Phyllanthus niruri is a herb that can kill the Hepatitis B virus. There is no comparable modern drug that currently exists for Hepatitis B at this time. Phyllanthus niruri is currently being researched for its effects on the AIDS virus. There are no side affects whatsoever with Phyllanthus niruri. This plant grows as ca weed qall around my house in the Philippines.

Realistically, I know that it is very difficult to obtain at least 2 out of the 3 herbs I've mentioned in the West. But you can buy them easily from Indian Ayurvedic delis in the form of edible and quite tasty mixtures called Triphala and Chaywanprash. Ayurvedic medicines are also very trustworthy, and are only ever prepared in the traditional Ayurvedic way with no chemical processing, preservatives, colourings etc.