Chanca piedra has traditionally been used for kidney stones. It's thought that chanca piedra contains chemicals that might relieve spasms and increase urine. It is also thought to have activity against bacteria and viruses.
People use chanca piedra for kidney stones. It is also used for hepatitis B, stomach pain, asthma, diabetes, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Kidney stones. Taking chanca piedra by mouth seems to help clear some kidney stones. But it is unclear which people are most likely to benefit from chanca piedra.
Likely InEffective for
- Swelling (inflammation) of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus (hepatitis B). Taking chanca piedra by mouth does not improve hepatitis B symptoms.
Special Precautions and Warnings
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.
Pregnancy: Chanca piedra is possibly unsafe when used during pregnancy or by those trying to become pregnant. Taking chanca piedra, especially in high doses, might block pregnancy, increase the risk of low birth weight, or increase the risk of birth defects.
Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chanca piedra is safe to use while breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Bleeding disorder: Chanca piedra might slow blood clotting. Taking chanca piedra might cause bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
Surgery: Chanca piedra might lower blood sugar levels. This 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.
Lithium interacts with CHANCA PIEDRA
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 that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with CHANCA PIEDRA
Chanca piedra might slow blood clotting. Taking chanca Piedra along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Norepinephrine (Levophed) interacts with CHANCA PIEDRA
Chanca piedra contains a chemical that might reduce the effects of norepinephrine. This might increase the risk of blood pressure becoming too low.
Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with CHANCA PIEDRA
There is some concern that chanca piedra might cause the body to lose water. Taking chanca piedra along with other "water pills" might cause the body to lose too much water.
Be cautious with this combination
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with CHANCA PIEDRA
Chanca piedra might lower blood sugar levels. Taking chanca piedra along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with CHANCA PIEDRA
Chanca piedra might lower blood pressure. Taking chanca piedra along with medications that lower blood pressure might cause blood pressure to go too low. Monitor your blood pressure closely.
Be watchful with this combination
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