One of the worst pains you'll ever experience is the kidney stone. It's so debilitating you can hardly breathe. Talking becomes labored. There isn't a position that makes it feel better. You just hurt. And you'll do just about anything for relief. Fortunately, a small berry from the Amazon jungle might provide the relief you're desperately wanting.
The berry is the Phyllanthyus niruri. It's so effective at fighting kidney stones that the Spanish call it chanca piedra or "shatter stone." Naturopaths use this berry to support the health of the kidneys, bladder, liver, and gallbladder. But they're especially good for preventing and even dissolving calcium oxalate crystals, which are the main component of kidney stones. That means you can avoid the debilitating pain of passing large stones. You also may avoid a trip to the hospital.
A study back in 2002 showed just how effective this herb is for clearing calcium oxalate. In this study, researchers inserted calcium oxalate into the bladders of adult male rats. Then they divided the rats into four groups. One group was the control. They gave the second group nothing buy chanca piedra. They gave the third group calcium oxalate and water. And they gave the fourth group calcium oxalate and chanca piedra.
After 42 days, the researchers collected plasma and urine samples from the rats to measure their calcium oxalate levels. They found that the chanca piedra "strongly inhibited the growth of the matrix calculus and reduced the number of stone satellites compared with the group receiving water. The calculi were eliminated or dissolved in some treated animals...."
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That means the chanca piedra was very effective at preventing the calcium oxalate from creating stones. This is great news for anyone who suffers from kidney stones.
But there's even more to this wonderful berry. Many studies have found that the berry also acts as a tonic to your kidney, liver, and gallbladder. It can increase the secretion of bile in the liver, which can improve digestion and help reduce your risk of getting gallstones. What's more, a study out of India found that it can protect your liver against oxidative stress, which causes severe cellular damage.
So if you're looking for ways to avoid kidney stones and boost the health of your digestive organs, give chanca piedra a try. You can find it at most health food stores and online.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.