Chanca piedra is a South American herb that has been used traditionally to help pass kidney stones. In fact, the English translation for chanca piedra is ‘stone crusher.’ Peer reviewed clinical evidence validates its historical use.
Not all kidney stones are the same. Heredity, age, gender, and diet all play a role. Chanca piedra has been found to be valuable in stones formed from calcium oxalate. About 80% of kidney stones are derived from calcium oxalate.
The traditional healers of Peru were not far off when they coined the name “stone crusher.” Studies have shown that Chanca Piedra interferes with many stages of stone formation, reducing crystal aggregation, modifying their structure and composition as well as altering the interaction of the crystals with kidney cells. The clinical benefits of Chanca Piedra may be related to its ability to promote relaxation of smooth muscle specific to the urinary tracts, helping to eliminate kidney stones or to clear fragments following lithotripsy.
Cleanse and detoxify the kidney
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the kidney is considered the mother organ. Blockages of energy or Qi may result in harmful toxins accumulating in the body. Headaches, back pain, low energy, and puffiness in the face or legs may be triggered by kidney congestion.
Chanca piedra can be used to gently cleanse and detoxify the kidney, helping the body rejuvenate.
Chanca Piedra has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 2000 years as an antiviral and antimicrobial agent. Chanca Piedra may reduce the risk of developing an urinary tract infection that is frequently associated with kidney stone(s). Studies have shown that Chanca Piedra is effective against bacterial strains, such as E. coli, that are frequently associated with urinary tract infections.
Chanca piedra is an effective diuretic. Several human studies have reported that Chanca piedra may increase urinary output in as little as ten days. This increased urinary flow has been shown to reduce blood pressure in several clinical studies involving non-diabetic patients with a history of elevated blood pressure. Chanca Piedra has also been shown to reduce blood glucose in diabetic patients.