Got a Kidney Stone?

New research at the University of Modena in Italy has confirmed some of the positive benefits of the herb Phyllanthus niruri, known in Brazil as Quebra Pedra ‘the stone breaker’ – and also widely known under its Spanish name of Chanca Piedra.

Used by generations of South Americans to treat Kidney and Gall stones, this wonderful herb is free from side effects and interactions, and can be safely used alongside other therapies. The herb can also be used to help prevent recurrences which can affect up to 80% of cases. Of course, avoiding animal fats can help both prevent and treat kidney stones, but dietary changes alone are not the whole answer.

The conventional approach to removal of stones usually involves shattering the stone using ESWL (Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy) – but this often leaves residual fragments which often require the treatment to be repeated. The new research, published in the medical journal ‘European Urology Supplements’ in March 2005, assessed the benefit of taking an extract of Quebra Pedra following ESWL treatment. After six months the stone free rate in those treated with just ESWL was 80% – but for the patients taking Quebra Pedra during their recovery, the stone free rate was 97%.

A little herb improves the stone free rate

The conclusion is simple, use of this little herb extract results in an increased stone free rate and a lower percentage of re-treatment. What’s more, some alternative practitioners think that taking the Quebra alone may get rid of the stone and there are no side effects at all.Research on Quebra Pedra continues and it has now been confirmed that it has liver protective potential, anti-spasmodic properties and is helpful in urinary tract infections. Quebra Pedra is available as unbleached teabags and should be taken as 3 infusions a day for treatment and one infusion a day for prevention. It is best sweetened with a little honey.

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