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BhumiAmla (PhyllanthusNiruri) - Uses & Health Benefits

What Is BhumiAmla?

BhumiAmla is also known as Phyllanthusniruri is a tropical plant that grows 50-70 cm in height. This herb is known as "BhumiAmla" because it's a small plant present in Bhumi (land) usually found in rainy season. The bark of this plant is light green in color and smooth. The fruits of BhumiAmla are tiny, smooth in capsules form containing seeds. The flowers are numerous pale green in color which are often flushed with red color.

BhumiAmla is commonly known as chancapiedra, stonebreaker, and seed under leaves or gale of the wind. It is also known as bahupatra, tamalaki and uttama etc. This plant is found in temperate climate all over costal India.

Classification Of BhumiAmla

  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Family: Phyllanthaceae
  • Order: Malpighiales
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Rosids
  • Genus: Phyllanthus
  • Species: P.niruri

Other Names Of BhumiAmla

  • Common name: Phyllanthus, Stonebreaker, gale of wind
  • Sanskrit name: Bahupatra, Tamalaki
  • Hindi name: Bhumiamla, Jangliamlai
  • Marathi: Bhuiavla, Bhuiamla
  • Kannada: Bhunelli, Nelanelli
  • Tamil: Kilanelli
  • Telgu: Nelausiraka
  • Urdu: BhumiAmla
  • Spanish: Chancapiedra

What Are The Medicinal Properties Of BhumiAmla?

  • Rasa (Taste) - Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent), Madhura (Sweet)
  • Guna (Qualities) - Laghu (Light for digestion), Ruksha (Dry in nature)
  • Veerya (Potency) - Sheeta (Cold)
  • Vipaka (After digestion taste conversion) - Madhura (Undergoes sweet taste after digestion)
  • Karma (Actions) - KaphapittaShamaka (Reduces Kapha& Pitta dosha)

Why BhumiAmla Is Known As Bahupatra?

It is known as Bahupatra because the morphology of leaves. There are number of tiny leaves present in this plant. Under its leaves numerous fruits are present in round shape whose appearance is like Amala fruit. These fruits contain seeds in it. When these fruits get open, its seed spreads on the land (Bhumi), which gives rise to new plant.

What Are The Chemical Composition Of BhumiAmla?

BhumiAmla contain bioactive ligans, glycosides, alkaloids, flavonoids, phenyleproponoids, ellagitanis, gernanin, amarin and corilagin present in stem, roots and leaves. In leaves it contains niranthin, nirtetralinphyltetralin. Roots contains Kaemferol-4 rhamnopyranocyte and criodictiol- 7 rhamnopyranoside, lup 20 (29) - en – 3 beta – ol.

Why BhumiAmla Is Known As Stonebreaker?

As per the medicinal and chemical properties of this herb it is known as stonebreaker. It crushes down all types of kidneys stones and gall bladder stones naturally without causing any side-effects.

In Which Type Of Liver Disorders BhumiAmla Is Beneficial?

The herb not only treats inflammation of the liver but is also beneficial in five major viral hepatitis. In liver cirrhosis, liver failure, hepatomegaly, jaundice and various other liver disorders it gives effective results.

Is BhumiAmla Gives Effective Results In Splenomegaly?

Yes, the herb not only gives effective results in hepatomegaly but is also effective in splenomegaly. All the properties of this herb helps to maintain a healthy spleen.

What Are The Other Properties Of BhumiAmla?


  • Antispasmodic
  • Astringent
  • Anthelmintic
  • Appetizer
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Hypoglycemic
  • Hypotensive
  • Anti-viral
  • Laxative
  • Analgesic
  • Tonic
  • Febrifugal
  • Vermifugal
  • Emmenagogue
  • Diuretic

What Are The Health Benefits Of BhumiAmla As Per Ayurveda?


  • Pandu - The herb is very effective for anemic patients.
  • Raktapitta - BhumiAmla is beneficial in bleeding disorders like heavy periods & nasal bleeding etc.
  • Visha - Effective herb in toxic conditions.
  • Rochani - BhumiAmla improves taste and beneficial in anorexia condition.
  • KaphajaKushta - In all types of skin diseases the herb is beneficial.
  • Trushna - Not only in anorexia but also beneficial in excessive thirst condition.
  • Shwasa - Effective herb for asthma and chronic respiratory disorders patients.
  • Daha - Gives effective results in burning sensation problems.
  • Kasa - BhumiAmla is used in cough and cold problem.
  • Hidhma - Helps to get relive from hiccups.

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Indications Of The Herb BhumiAmla

  • Liver disorders
  • Jaundice
  • Anemia
  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • All type of Hepatitis viruses like (A, B, C, D & E)
  • Malaria
  • Kidney stones
  • Gall bladder stones
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Hepatomegaly
  • Splenomegaly
  • Urinary diseases
  • Chronic fever
  • Skin ulcers
  • Menorrhagia
  • Leucorrhea
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Liver carcinoma
  • Veneral disease
  • Hypertension
  • Cystitis
  • Prostastis
  • Cataract
  • Paralysis
  • Facial palsy
  • HIV

How Are The Different Parts Of BhumiAmla Used?

  • The juice of this whole plant is used for various medicinal disorders like loss of appetite, hyperacidity, anorexia, thirst, constipation, diarrhea and dysentery conditions etc.
  • The decoction of BhumiAmla is used for maintaining your liver function tests.
  • Chew few leaves of BhumiAmla on empty stomach it will help to balance your doshas in the body.
  • Use of BhumiAmla powder is effective in various diseases.
  • The plant acts as a tonic for an individual.
  • BhumiAmla capsules are also available that contains pure extract of this herb. You can use one capsule once or twice daily.
  • Leaves paste of BhumiAmla are used for treating skin infections.
  • For swelling leaves paste are used by mixing small amount of rock salt. Apply this paste at night and clean in morning with lukewarm water.
  • Take 15 ml juice of BhumiAmla for treating splenomegaly, hepatomegaly, fever and various other disorders.
  • For indigestion, jaundice, anemia, anorexia and hyperacidity 15-20 ml of BhumiAmla juice should be taken on empty stomach.
  • Fresh leaves decoction is used for treating malaria, typhoid and various type of fever.
  • For blocked nose use juice of BhumiAmla in nasal drop form. Put 2-3 drops in each nostrils.
  • Whole plant decoction is used for purification of blood. Take 30 ml of it once daily.

What Are The Recommended Dosage Of BhumiAmla?

  • In juice form take 15-20 ml twice daily.
  • In powder form 3 gm to 6 gm as per requirement.
  • Capsules: 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
  • Decoction: 20-30 ml twice daily.
  • You can also chew its leaves on empty stomach.

What Are The Contraindications Of BhumiAmla?

There are no side-effects of this herb but if used in very high dose than it can increases vatadosha in the body. Sometimes its higher dose can also lead to diarrhea and dysentery