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Chanka piedra (Phyllanthus niruri Linn.

, Euphorbiaceae), which is sparsely spread throughout the tropical and subtropical countries of the world. This is an annual herb and widely spread in coastal areas of India. It was having a very short life and used in the Indian Ayurvedic systems from the ancient times (more than 2000 years). P. niruri is a field weed, and its genus' phyllanthus comprises of 600-700 species with minor distinguishing features among them. In the Ayurvedic system in India phyllanthus niruri whole plant used as a medicine, and it is recommended for the Bronchitis, Anaemia, Leprosy, Asthma, Urinary disorders, etc., In ChrakaSamhita book P. niruri was considered to be most effective in the treatment of asthma, stimulating the liver, improving digestion, increase appetite and produce laxative effects. Maharishi Charaka was categorized it as Kasahara: It alleviates cough, Swasahara: It relieves asthma, mootrarogahara: cures urinary disorders, Kaphapittahara: It relieves the kaphapitta Dosha, Kaamalaahara: cure's jaundice, and Bhava prakasa Nighantu: cough and blood disorders. It was bitter, astringent and sweet in the post digestive effect (vipaka). 1. For jaundice: The whole plant juice with 10-20ml of dose is recomended three times daliy. 2. The fresh roots (10gms) of this plant powder is mixed with fresh milk. This is recommended to take in the early mornings for effective cure for jaundice. 3. The leaves were crushed with salt and applied for skin diseases. 4. The plant decotion was very effective for diabetes and chest pain. 5. The decotion of leaves or roots used for ulcers. 6. The dried powder is mixed with gruel water and can apply over ulcers and wounds. 7. The juice of whole plant can take as a dose of 45-50 ml in the early morning for leucorrhea, gonorrhea, menorrhea and other urinary complains.