- geraniin, a tannin which is an in vitro anti-viral agent
- lignans such as
- anti-viral [an agent that destroys viruses]
- hepatoprotective [liver protector]
- hypoglycemic [lowers blood sugar]
- Hepatitis B
- may have a support role in Diabetes
Viral liver diseases including:
- acute hepatitis
- chronic persistent hepatitis
- part of the treatment for chronic active hepatitis
The liver has a whole battery of functions, including: the formation and excretion of bile, which is necessary for digestion; keeping certain nutrients and fuel ready for the body to use, such as carbohydrates and lipids; manufacturing plasma proteins; activating specific vitamins; activating and deactivating body hormones; and detoxifying drug, chemical, and biological poisons, or toxins, that invade our body every day along with air, water, and food.
The beneficial specifics of Phyllanthus amarus on hepatitis B infections
The powdered leaves of this perennial herb were first used in clinical studies which looked at its usefulness in helping patients suffering from chronic liver damage due to extended hepatitis B virus infection.
The hepatitis B infection leads to the inability of the immune system to get rid of the virus from liver cells. Infection with the hepatitis B virus is verified by detecting levels of certain viral components in the blood. In this carrier state, a patient is continuously harboring and carrying the virus.
Following earlier studies showing beneficial effects in relation to supplementation with extracts of this plant and hepatitis B by S.P. Thyagarajan (Indian Journal of Medical Research 76:174, 1982) and P.S. Venkateswaran (Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 84:274, 1987), in 1990, S. Jayaram, and colleagues from the University of Madras, studied chronic carriers of HBV hepatitis. After 28 volunteers received Phyllanthus amarus in 250-mg doses for one to three months, 54.5 percent experienced loss of the carrier status.
In 1988, at Madras' Hospital for Children and the Government General Hospital, S.P. Thyagarajan, and colleagues, once again reported their results in treating carriers of hepatitis B with an extract of Phyllanthus amarus. For a one-month period, the treated patients were given 200 mg of the extract in capsule form, three times a day. Fifteen to 20 days following the end of treatment, 59 percent of the hepatitis B carriers (22 of 37) lost their carrier status, which essentially meant that they no longer carried the disease. Only one out of 23 (4 percent) dummy-pill "treated" control patients irregularly lost their carrier status.
Thyagarajan and Jayaram joined forces once again, in 1990, in a study which examined patients with acute viral hepatitis B. In this study, patients with acute viral hepatitis were given Phyllanthus amarus (250 mg, three times a day) for 30 days. The rate of "cure," or elimination of the virus, was 40 percent for those patients who received supplementation with this powerful botanical.
How does it do what it does?
One possibility is that Phyllanthus amarus may block the spread (proliferation) of the virus by directly blocking, or preventing, replication of the virus' genetic material.
Hajime Ueno, and colleagues, at Japan's Medical and Pharmaceutical University, discussed Phyllanthus amarus (called niruri in their paper) and blood pressure control in a 1988 article which appeared in the Journal of Natural Products.
These researchers, who were working as part of collaborative study between the Japan International Agency and the Republic of Paraguay, found that a component in the botanical held back, or was inhibitory against, the action of angiotensis-converting enzymes (ACEs), which, by definition, implicates the shrub as an important role-player in blood-pressure regulation, as well.
2 capsules to be taken each time, after breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bottle contains enough for 16 days. All natural product. No added chemicals.
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