Bhui Amla Powder (Chanca Piedra)


Botanical Name: Phyllanthus niruri

Common Name:

  • English: Chanca Piedra
  • Sanskrit: Bhumyamalaki, Bhuumyaamalaki
  • Also, known as: Tamalaki, Nela usirika, Bahuphala, Bhuin amla, Mahidhatrika, Kizhukai nelli, Lodhar, Bhuin amla, Bhumamla, Bhumi amalaki, Bhui amali, Kaizanelli, Ajjhada, Bhony amari, Bhonyamali, Nalanelli, Keezhanelli, Bhuiawali, Niruri, Cuebra pedra, Dukong anak, Rami buah, Turi hutan, Stonebreaker, Stone breaker, Gale of the wind. 

Habitat: Central and South India, Ceylon

Origin: India

Harvested: Wild

Part used: Whole Plant

General Information:

Bhui Amla consists of root, stem and leave, an annual herb 10-15 cm height. The root is small 2-10 cm long, almost straight, gradually tapering with several fibrous with external surface light brown. Leaflets arrange in two rows with alternate, and opposite, up to 2 cm long and 0.5-1 cm wide with greenish-brown in color, slightly bitter in taste. Bhui Amla is an important plant of the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine.

How to use:

Powdered Herb:

There are different ways to use a powdered herb.

Food Preparation: You can add the powdered herb to any superfood herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix the powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".

Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you the assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.

Poultice: Poultice can be made with herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.

Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make the herbal shot. 


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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