KEELA NELLI - Bhumiamalaki, Stone breaker - Phyllanthus amarus/niruri (Euphorbiacea)
This is a very bitter tasting small shrub that literally means ‘the Amalaki of the earth’ as this very low lying shrub’s leaves resemble the pattern and shape of her somewhat grander celestial namesake.
Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) is refered to in some books as Phyllanthus emblica.
Bhumiamalaki is a wonderful liver remedy that is also effective for clearing gall and bladder stones.
- Rasa (taste) : Bitter, astringent, sweet
- Virya (action) : Cooling
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect) : Sweet
- Guna (quality) : Dry, light
Doshas : PK-, V+
Dhatus (tissues) : Plasma, blood, fat, reproductive
Digestive, reproductive, urinary
Anti-viral, hepatoprotective, cholagogue, diuretic, lithagogue, alterative, immuno-regulator, anti-tussive, haemostatic.
Increases the strength of the liver, Destroys skin diseases, Alleviates itching, Stops coughing
LIVER : Its affinity for balancing ranjaka pitta treats viral hepatitis, chronic hepatitis and it acts as a cholagogue. It is also useful for clearing and preventing gallstones.
Human clinical trials attest to the improvement in liver function and alleviation of hepatitis symptoms.
GIT Its ability to clear aggravated pachaka pitta benefits digestive tract disorders with hyperacidity, inflammation and dysentery.
Skin Used where the liver is the root of the skin inflammation. 4 It is also applied externally for skin heat, swelling and itching.
Immunity May be of use in impaired immune disorders; especially viral conditions such as ME, HIV, flu, herpes.
Gynaecology Used in menorrhagia from high pitta. It clears inflammatory heat from the lower abdomen and this reduces congestion, leucorrhoea and painful urination.
Urine It effectively clears stones and gravel for the urinary system. It may have a use in managing diabetes and reducing blood sugar levels.
- Manjishta, Bhringaraja, Kutki, Chiretta in liver disorders.
- Gurmar, Amalaki, Cardamom as part of a diabetic regime.
- Neem, Manjishta, Bakuchi, Turmeric for skin inflammations.
- Chiretta and Guduchi in conditions where the immune system is compromised.
- Manjishta, Gokshura in pelvic inflammatory disorders.
- Not during pregnancy.
1 – 6g per day dried
1 teaspoon before breakfast mixed with hot water or milk.