Medicinal uses of Kizhar Nelli - Phyllanthus niruri
Kizhar Nelli, the wonder Herb
Kizhar Nelli (Phyllanthus niruri) is native to Central Asia. It belongs to the family of Euphorbiacea. The other Phyllanthus species used for medicinal purpose are Phyllanthus emblica, Phyllanthus amarus, Phyllanthus acidus, Phyllanthus reticulatus and Phyllanthus acuminatus.
Kizhar Nelli is an important plant of Ayurvedic system of Medicine. Kizhanelli is grown in both cultivated fields and waste lands. It is a small herb measuring about 70 to 80 cms.in height. This wonder herb bears ascending herbaceous branches. and with a smooth and light green bark, and numerous pale green flowers throughout the year. The fruits are tiny and smooth and resemble that of mustard seeds, in size
Other names of Kizhar Nelli
The other names of Kizhar Nelli are -
Botanical name - Phyllanthus niruri
English - Tonebreaker, Seed-Under-Leaf
Sanskrit - Tamalaki, Bahupatra, Vituntika
Hindi - Jhar Amla, Jangli amli
Tamil - Kizhar Nelli, Keezhkainelli, keezhanelli, keelanelli
Malayalam - Kizhar Nelli, Kiruthanelli
Kannada - Nela Nelli
Telugu - Nela Usiri
Bengali - Bhumamla, Bhumi amalaki
Gujarati - Bhoi amali
The other common names of this herb are Amla, Chanca Piedra, Kidney Stone Tree, Phyllanthus and Quebra Pedra.
Medicinal Uses of Kizhar Nelli
This wonder herb is used in medicine, since time immemorial by both Chinese and Indian medicines. The whole herb is useful.
- Kizhar Nelli has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-spasmodic qualities.
- Kizhar Nelli is one of the best medicines to cure jaundice. (Hepatitis B and A). The whole herb is used.
- It can prevent Hepatitis C.
- Prevents bleeding caused by snake bite.
- Cures scabies, psoriasis, rhinitis and sinus problems, kidney stones and worms.
- Kizhar nelli is also used in the treatment of leprosy, bronchitis, anemia, urinary discharge, anuria, asthma, hiccups, blood disorders, malaria and for enlargement of liver and spleen.
- In Unani system of medicine, it is used for treating chronic dysentery.
- In Siddha system of Medicine, also Kizhar nelli is used
Various clinical studies have been carried out for its medicinal uses and has gained worldwide popularity due to its effect against Hepatitis-B.
Keezhanelli has been used in Brazil and Peru as a herbal remedy for kidney stones.
The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies.
My Personal Experience
When I was about ten year old, there was an epidemic of jaundice in my village, and I was also affected very badly. I remember my clothes were changed thrice a day because of the yellow pigment caused by the disease, and it was that severe. Many people had died during that time, and my parents were very much worried about me. My father took me to an ayurveda physician who administered the first dose of medicine to me - He plucked few Kizhar nelli plants from his courtyard, washed nicely, and ground it in a stone with very little water, then mixed in a glass of pure cow's milk and asked me to drink, on empty stomach. He advised my father to continue the treatment for few days for me, with strictly no oil, salt, spices diet.. Amazingly I was free from jaundice in a few days time.
Now the medicine is also available in the market in the form of capsules.