What is the chanca piedra herb?

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The chanca piedra is a herb that comes from tropical regions of the world, in particular the rainforests of the Amazon region. Chanca piedra is an annual plant that grows up to 50cm in height. The chanca piedra bears small berries that resemble stones.

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Original Uses

For centuries, chanca piedra has been used to treat urinary tract and gallbladder diseases and infections. In particular, chanca piedra is used to help the body rid itself of gallstones and kidney stones. Chanca piedra is also commonly used to fight infections like cystitis and prostatitis.

Intestinal Uses

Chanca piedra is used to relieve bloating and gas in the intestines as well as fighting intestinal worms. Chanca piedra is also used as a digestive aid and as a mild laxative.

Other Uses

Chanca piedra is also used to relieve hypertension. Chanca piedra has also been found to reduce blood-sugar levels while also helping limit the effects of asthma and bronchitis.

Chanca Piedra Sources

Chanca piedra is most commonly used in tea form. Chanca piedra can also be used as concentrated liquids and taken as a powder in capsules.

What's in a Name

The Spanish translation of chanca piedra is "stone breaker" or "shatter stone." In some regions of South America the plant is called "quebra-pedra" or "arranca-pedras." Translated, both terms also mean to "break stones."

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