Keezhanelli is a widespread tropical plant commonly found in coastal areas, known by the common names gale of the wind, stonebreaker or seed-under-leaf.
It grows 50–70 cm (20–28 in) tall and bears ascending herbaceous branches. The bark is smooth and light green. It bears numerous pale green flowers which are often flushed with red. The fruits are tiny, smooth capsules containing seeds.
Keezhanelli (Phyllanthus Niruri) is considered as one of the most important plant in the Indian Ayurvedic system. The herb is extensively used to treat and cure diseases related to liver and other organs of the body.
The paste of Keezhanelli powder, onion, turmeric powder and cardamom powder, mixed with buttermilk when taken in the morning empty stomach is said be effective in treating and curing jaundice.
The root of the plant when grounded and administered with fresh milk cures jaundice quickly. The juice of this plant is given in doses of 10 ml to 20 ml two to three times a day.
Adding one tea spoon of Keezhanelli powder to warm water and consuming it empty stomach is said to cure liver and eye problems.
The powder of this plant is made into a paste with gruel water and applied to ulcers and wounds, heals the wounds and ulcers quickly. It’s thought to reduce gastric acid secretion and protect the stomach.
The decoction prepared out of this herb by boiling the plant is said to be very helpful in treating diabetes. Diabetic condition will improve if the powder of dry leaves is taken in for three times a day, before food.
The leaves of this plant when grounded with salt can be applied to cure skin diseases like scabies.
Keezhanelli may be best known as a kidney stone remedy. According to 2010 research, many studies have shown that it’s a powerful kidney stone deterrent.
Keezhanelli can help relax the ureter after lithotripsy to help stones pass. Lithotripsy is a procedure used to break up stones in the urinary tract. It may also prevent stones from forming in the first place by stopping the crystals that form them from clumping together.
Keezhanelli may help treat acute hepatitis B infections due to its anti-viral and liver-protecting abilities.
In a 2010 study, 60 people with the condition received either a placebo or a product made of seven herbal medicines including 100 milligrams of Keezhanelli. The herbal medicine group experienced faster recovery than the placebo group. However, they reported side effects like upper abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Keezhanelli may not help chronic hepatitis B, though. A 2011 review of 16 randomized trials on people with chronic hepatitis B didn’t find any significant evidence in support of the treatment.
Keezhanelli is commonly used in capsule, tea, or extract forms, and there’s no standardized dosing recommendation.
An average dose is one 500-milligram capsule per day or 1 milliliter extract up to four times daily. For specific dosing guidelines, see your doctor or natural health professional.