Siddha/Tamil ► Aranelli.
Action ► Fruit—astringent, tonic to liver; improves appetite, useful in biliousness, constipation, vomiting, bronchitis. Roots and seed— cathartic. The juice of the root
482 Phyllanthus maderaspatensis Linn.
bark produces headache and severe abdominal pain.
The root bark contains 18% tannin, saponin, gallic acid and a crystalline substance (probably lupeol). The bark contains beta-amyrin and phyllanthol.
The fruit is sour; contains acidity (as acetic acid) 1.70%.
Taking Chanca Piedra orally does not seem to be effective for treating hepatitis B. The herb contains niuride, which inhibits specific HIV-protein binding activity, but does not protect cells from acute HIV infection. (Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 2007.)
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