Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Chanca Piedra and Coronavirus

As many of you know, I’ve been working on a new series of books on the effective rainforest medicinal plants I’ve used for over 20 years as a health practitioner and product formulator to treat many types of diseases and conditions.  I wanted to share with you some vital information on one of these remarkable plants I’ve long used for viruses in light of the current events about viral concerns.
In fact, I’m working on the medicinal plant guide book for this plant right now, but it won’t be available for at least a month. The plant is called Chanca Piedra (Phyllanthus niruri) and it’s currently available as an herbal supplement under various labels in the marketplace.

I’ve used chanca piedra for many years as an effective herbal antiviral. It’s been the subject of clinical research in humans to treat hepatitis B and C. It’s also been confirmed to be effective against several herpes viruses (including the chicken pox virus in children), HIV, influenza, dengue, and others.  It works by inhibiting enzymes and other substances that viruses need to divide and multiply (transcriptase and protease), while also providing a direct toxic effect to some viruses (as well as bacteria). Researchers have confirmed the presence of at least 8 natural plant chemicals in the plant with antiviral actions.  It has not been scientifically tested against this current coronavirus, however I used it effectively with several clients (including my own granddaughter) when the country was fighting the H1N1 swine flu virus years ago.

In addition to being a good antiviral, significant new research on chanca piedra confirms it is an effective immune modulator.  It significantly increases the production and activation of immune cells responsible for fighting infections, while lowering the production of immune cells that cause inflammation.  This has also been confirmed in human research.  In human trials, adults and children with pneumonia, tuberculosis, hepatitis, chicken pox, and Hanson's disease (leprosy) mounted a much stronger immune response to fight these infections which sped healing and viral/bacterial clearance.  It was also noted that immune cells responsible for immunity were also increased, and those taking chanca piedra for their infections had no relapses or secondary infections and had higher levels of antigens (cells responsible for immunity). The small trial on leprosy patients led researchers to surmise that it's strong and immediate immunity response might be helpful as a preventative/anti-infection remedy to protect caregivers of this devastating disease.

In the people with pneumonia, asthma, and tuberculosis that were studied, a significant reduction in lung inflammation was also noted with significantly less pro-inflammatory immune cells causing lung cell stress, damage and cell death. Chanca piedra’s many strong antioxidant plant chemicals were probably one reason for this noted effect.  However, other research has been published on chanca piedra’s effective anti-inflammatory actions delivered by other novel anti-inflammatory chemicals in the plant.

I don't know if chanca piedra can kill this particular coronavirus outright like it can other viruses. That it boosts the immune system to fight both bacterial and viral infections naturally, as well as protects the lungs from inflammation and cell damage bacteria and virus causes in the lungs was enough for me to stock up on chanca piedra to protect myself and family, just in case, during these trying times.  
If you want to get chanca piedra to have on hand, just in case, look for a supplement that uses chanca piedra that was harvested (preferably wild-harvested) in Peru or Brazil. Buy a whole-herb in bulk, capsules, or tablets and avoid the dry or liquid extracts that used alcohol to prepare them.  The active ingredients in chanca piedra are water soluble and don't much like alcohol.  Also there are other species of Phyllanthus plants being sold as “chanca piedra” harvested in China, India and Southeast Asia that are not as effective and don’t contain as many natural plant compounds as the South American Phyllanthus niruri species does (lots of research confirms this).  Personally, I purchase chanca piedra from Rainforest Pharmacy ( since they are wild-harvesting it from Peruvian rainforest. You can also get their product from

I’ve just uploaded all the new research on Chanca Piedra in my Tropical Plant Database at  so you can see all the new research conducted on this effective rainforest plant with many active chemicals and many medicinal uses.  Hopefully, the new rainforest medicinal plant guide book on chanca piedra that updates all the information shown in the plant database will be available very soon. But effective dosage information for the plant is already shown in the database file. As soon as the new chanca piedra book is available, it will be announced on this page:

Stay well and take care,

Leslie Taylor


  1. Estimada Leslie taylor: Sigo con sumo interes toda la informacion que estoy leyendo y estudiando en sobre todo su trabajo que ha compartido y le agradezco que siga comppartiendo por este medio.
    Soy una cientiifica , medico Pediatra egresada del Hospital Infantil de Mexico,con estudios en Antropologia, Inmunologia, Endobiogenia y haber promovido la creacion de una vacuna para cancer cervico uterico en mi pais con la integracion de esfuerzos de varias instituciones. Debido a mi trabajo clinico e investigacion y lucha contra el cancer y sida por 12 años proyecto cancelado por el gobierno de Fox por falta de recursos para la salud y la investigacion tuve que dedicarme a buscar en las plantas una solucion mas barata y accesible para los pacientes. Sin la intervencion del gobierno ni de las farmaceuticas.,y debido a mi vision de la medicina mas amplia me acerque a los medicos tradicionales de mi pais para aprender de ellos tratamientos para mis pacientes sacados de la naturaleza con herbolaria ya que la medicina alopatica es muy limitada en esos campos e inalcansable para la mayoria por sus costos y debido a los grandes interes de por medio en la industria farmaceutica.Actualmente gozo de la confianza de los medicos tradicionales de mi pais y me consideran una curandera como ellos asi como yo les enseño medicina. Y tambien ya me han conferido "permisos" dentro de la medicina tradional para poder usar las herramientas terapeuticas que ellos usan con mayor eficacia. Asi que ahora soy cuatrilingue: entiendo, manejo y traduzco para otros campos1) la medicina alopatica clinica,2) la medicina cientifica basica , la 3)herbolaria y4) la medicina espiritual de la medicina tradicional chamanica.Por eso valoro mucho el trabajo realizado por Ud y espero poder replicar y usar en mis pacientes y en las comunidades si es posible el acceso y uso de tales conocimientos de las plantas de las regiones similares o conseguire con ayuda los ejemplares para establecer su reproduccion en zonas necesitadas para estas enfermedades.
    Eserando tener su mentoria para desarrollar una empresa omo la suya en mi pais

  2. Estoy muy feliz de que estés usando mi blog y sitio web de esta manera. Le deseo buena suerte en la creación de una nueva empresa similar a Raintree. Creo que es muy importante para México. México tiene una gran cantidad de remedios naturales en sus plantas nativas y es posible que se puedan cultivar muchos más.

    Buena suerte!

  3. Dear Leslie, I live in Colombia, S.A. I had been trying to finf a mail address where I can write to you but had not been able...

    I am enjoying yout book a lot, what a present for humanity and what a huge effort from you, congratulations and blessings.

    I dont live in the Amazon, but up in the mountains.. I have been wondering if tou could help me find some trusting people where I could buy some seeds, because I would live to propagate (at least try to) at home...

    Thank you very much,

    please if you are not bothered, could you give me an e-mail tro write to you in details?

    Thank you very much for your time and experience.

    Big hug,


    1. Hi Lo,
      Thanks so much! The best source of rainforest medicinal seeds online is Tropilab. You can see their list of seeds available here: I don't have any other contacts these days to obtain other seeds of medicinal plants.

      Best wishes,

  4. Dear Leslie,
    Thank you very much for your time and answer, I would look thru the webpage,



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