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     FOREVER Bhumi amalaki

Phyllanthus niruri

Bhumi amalaki

Sanskrit    

:

Bhumi amalaki                      

Common name       

: Bahupatra, Bhuiamla, Jaramla, Jangli Amala, Bhuianvalah

Latin name

:

Phyllanthus niruri

Family : Euphorbiacea

 

Morphology and Description:

It originated in India as a Winter weed through out the hotter parts of India . Phyllanthus means "leaf and flower" because the flower and the  fruit seem to be united with the leaf.

 

The plant grows abundantly throughout India up to 700 m altitude during rainy

season, however, with less frequency in southern part of the country. Small erect

annual herb 10-60 cm tall. Leaves small elliptic-oblong; flowers, whitish-green &

minute.

 

Ayurvedic Pharmacodynamic properties:

Rasa

: Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent), Madhur (Sweet)     

Guna

: Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)

Virya

: Shita (Cold)

Vipaka

: Madhur (Sweet)
Doshakarma :

Kapha-pittashamak (alleviates Pitta and Kapha Dosha)

 

Useful parts : Entire  plant

 

Chemical composition:

Bhumi amalaki mainly contains lignans (e.g., phyllanthine and hypophyllanthine), alkaloids, and bioflavonoids (e.g., quercetin).

Medicinal properties:

Analgesic, antibacterial, antihepatotoxic, anti-inflammatory, antilithic, antimalarial,  antimutagenic, antinociceptive, antispasmodic, antiviral, aperitif, carminative, choleretic, deobstruent, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, hepatotonic, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, hypotensive, laxative, stomachic, tonic,  vermifuge.

 

Medicinal uses:

1. Hepatitis: Phyllanthus blocks DNA polymerase, the enzyme needed for the hepatitis B virus to reproduce.

 

2. It has been shown that Bhumi amalaki has inhibitory effect on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

 

3. It has Lipid lowering activity- It lowers the elevated level of low-density lipoprotein lipids.

 

4. Jaundice- Herb acts primarily on the liver. This action in the liver confirms its historical use as a remedy for jaundice.

 

5.It was found to reduce the blood sugar level. Hence, used as Anti-Diabetic .

 

6.Leaves and stem of Bhumi amalaki contains Alkaloid-phyllanthoside-with strong antispasmodic activity hence it helps in spasms.

 

7. Whole plant is useful for the treatment of Dropsy, Gonorrhea, Menorrhagia and other Genito- urinary affections.

 

8. The other applications of the Bhumi amalaki include treatments for Dyspepsia, Ulcers, Sores, Swellings, Ophthalmia, and Chronic dysentery.

 

Dose : Swarasa (juice) 10-20 ml; Churna (powder) 3-6 gms.

 

Important formulations : Chyavanaprasha, Jivantyadi Ghrita

Drug Interactions:

May potentiate insulin and antidiabetic drugs.

May potentiate antihypertensive drugs.

May potentiate prescription diuretic drugs.

Home Remedies:

  1. In hepatomegaly and spleenomegaly its decoction  should be used. It is very effective in treating liver and spleen disorders.
  2. In jaundice its root powder  should be taken along with milk.

Summary:

It is a safe lipotropic drug and its primary action is on the liver. Blumberg showed an inhibition of DNA polymerase of Hepatitis B virus and a viral-agglutinating activity. The fresh root is used for the treatment of viral hepatitis. The plant is also used as a diuretic in odema. It is also used to increase appetite and locally to relieve inflammations. With the formulations and dosage used no adverse reactions have been reported.

 

 


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