Phyllanthus

Also indexed as:Bahupatra, Bhuiamla, Phyllanthus niruri, Phyllanthus Caroliniensis
Phyllanthus: Main Image© Martin Wall
Common names:
Bahupatra, Bhuiamla
Botanical names:
Phyllanthus niruri, Phyllanthus Caroliniensis

How It Works

Phyllanthus primarily contains lignans (e.g., phyllanthine and hypophyllanthine), alkaloids, and flavonoids (e.g., quercetin).

Phyllanthus blocks DNA polymerase, the enzyme needed for the hepatitis B virus to reproduce. In one study, 59% of those infected with chronic viral hepatitis B lost one of the major blood markers of HBV infection (e.g., hepatitis B surface antigen) after using 900 mg of phyllanthus per day for 30 days.11 While clinical trials on the effectiveness of phyllanthus for HBV have been mixed, the species P. urinaria and P. niruri seem to work better than P. amarus.12 Clinical trials with hepatitis B patients have used 900–2,700 mg of phyllanthus per day.

How to Use It

Research has used the powdered form of phyllanthus ranging from 900–2,700 mg per day for three months.13

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