Phyllanthus niruri helps in treating Liver Disorders


Source and Distribution of Phyllanthus:

Botanical Name : Phyllanthus niruri

Family : Euphorbiaceae

Synonyms of Phyllanthus:

  • Hindi – Jar amla, Jangli amla
  • English – Niruri
  • Sanskrit – Bhumyamlaki
  • Tamil – Kizhkay neli
  • Bengali – Bhuinamla
  • Kannada – Kirunelli
phyllanthus niruri

phyllanthus niruri (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is available in the trade name of Bhuiaamla. The creat is an annual herb with a height of 2 metres. It consists of small alternately arranged leaves in two rows. It is grown throughout the northern parts of India. The whole herb is useful.

Properties of Phyllanthus:

  • Diuretic
  • Astringent
  • Bitter tonic
  • Cooling agent
  • Laxative

Phytochemicals of Phyllanthus:

The phytochemicals which are present in the phyllanthus niruri are bitters, alkaloids, compounds, lignans and flavones etc.

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Forms of Use: It is used in the form of infusion, powder, decoction and juice.

Medicinal Uses of Phyllanthus

In Liver Disorders:

  • It is a powerful drug in the treatment of infective hepatitis without causing any side effects. It is useful for all liver disorders and also other troubles like malfunctioning of spleen, gall bladder, liver and pancreas to the extent that is found to be hypoglycemic. It provides solo cure for jaundice.
  • The fresh root is given in jaundice and aqueous extract of leaves inactivate the hepatitis B.
  • It is a famous remedy for all types of jaundice.
  • A dosage of 50 mg/ kg in 3 divided daily doses is effective in the treatment of infective hepatitis. In most cases, the disappearance of jaundice hepatitis of tenderness and bile salts and pigments from urine is observed after a week. It takes two more weeks to clear almost all the symptoms and also for the improvement of general condition and appetite.
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Other Uses of Phyllanthus:

  • Decoction of herb is given for dropsical disorders
  • Used in the treatment of gonorrhoea (inflammatory disease of genito urinary passage)
  • Treats constipation
  • Stomach ache
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysentery
  • The juice of the plant is effective dressing for offensive sores
  • The juice is mixed with oil and used for treating conjunctivitis and eye inflammation
  • Young leaves are used for milder forms of intermittent fevers
  • Leaves are boiled in milk and are given in dropsical disorders and urinary complaints
  • A poultice of leaves are prepared with rice water and applied to ulcers or edematous swelling
  • It is used for treating itch, scabies and other skin diseases
  • Fresh roots along with rice water is given in menorrhagia (excessive profuse discharge of menses or its prolongation)
  • Used in galactagogue
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Infusion – 10 to 20 ml

Powder – 1 to 2 g

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