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Overview Information

Chanca piedra is an herb. The whole plant is used to make medicine.

Chanca piedra is used for kidney stones. It is also used for various disorders of the urinary tract, digestive tract, and liver, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.

How does it work?

It is thought that chanca piedra contains chemicals that might relieve spasms and fever, increase urine, and have activity against bacteria and viruses. It might also lower blood sugar.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Effective for

  • Kidney stones. Taking chanca piedra seems to help clear some kidney stones. But which people are most likely to benefit from taking chanca piedra is unclear. It's possible that differences in disease severity, location of kidney stones, and the dose or form of chanca piedra used may affect how well it works for each person.

Likely InEffective for

  • Swelling (inflammation) of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus (hepatitis B). Taking chanca piedra by mouth for 1-6 weeks does not improve hepatitis B symptoms, decrease the duration of acute hepatitis B, or decrease markers of hepatitis B present in the blood.

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chanca piedra for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Chanca piedra is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth for a short time period (up to 3 months).

It is not known if chanca piedra causes side effects.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chanca piedra is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Chanca piedra is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth by pregnant women or those trying to become pregnant. Chanca piedra in large amounts may block pregnancy, increase the risk of low birth weight, or increase the risk of birth defects.

There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking chanca piedra if you are breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Bleeding disorder: Chanca piedra might slow blood clotting. There is a concern that taking chanca piedra might cause bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

Diabetes: Chanca piedra might affect blood sugar levels. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use chanca piedra.

Surgery: Chanca piedra might lower blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Chanca piedra might also slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding. Stop using chanca piedra at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

  • Lithium interacts with CHANCA PIEDRA

    Chanca piedra might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking chanca piedra might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with CHANCA PIEDRA

    Chanca piedra might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking chanca piedra along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
    Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.



The following doses have been studied in scientific research:


  • For kidney stones: 2 grams daily of a specific chanca piedra product (Uriston) for at least 3 months has been used after undergoing 1-3 extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy sessions. In addition, a chanca piedra tea containing 4.5 grams of dried extract dissolved in 250 mL of water, twice daily for 12 weeks has been used. A combination of 225 mg chanca piedra extract, 152 mg magnesium, and 2 mg vitamin B6 twice daily for 3 months has also been used.

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