Millions of people suffer from kidney and gall stones every year. However, very few are aware that it can be treated naturally by using one of the most common plants you can easily find in your garden – Patharchatta. As the name suggests, “Patharchatta” literally translates to Pathar Chaatna or Remover of Stones. It is also known as Bryophyllum Pinnatum (Botanical name), Pathacharuti/Zakhme Hayat/Katakataka/Patharchur (Hindi name), and Parnabeeja/Hemsagar/Pashan Bheda (Sanskrit name); whereas Patharchatta’s English name is Air Plant/Cathedral Bells/Goethe Plant.
Moving on, let’s look at the Patharchatta plant’s physical characteristics. First off, it belongs to the Crassulaceae family of plants and comes with thick and fleshy leaves. It is a succulent by nature and typically grows as a small shrub in warm and moist parts of India. However, note that the plant is native to the Madagascar country. The Patharchatta flower is generally purple-green in colour and its seeds are small, round, and slimy. The best part about the plant leaves is that around 5-10 plants can grow from the edges of one leaf. Basically, it does not need seeds to grow.
Medicinal Qualities of Patharchatta
- It is light to digest and dry in quality.
- It is sour and astringent in taste but turns sweet post digestion.
- It has a cooling effect on the body and comes with wound-healing powers.
- It aids in blood coagulation.
Patharchatta’s All-Powerful Uses: An Overview
The Patharchatta plant extracts come with antiseptic, haemostatic, emollient, vulnerary, depurative, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties and its leaves are the most commonly used plant parts. They are edible and most effective when consumed in early spring or during winters. You can chew it raw, put it in salads, grind to a paste and apply it topically, or extract the leaf’s juice.
Patharchatta is used to treat kidney stones urinary issues. However, consultation with a doctor is a must before taking it.
Nutritional Information & Dosage
- 10-20 ml of fresh juice extract can be taken before or after food consumption.
Important: Please consult your doctor before consuming Patharchatta for any unknown allergies or side effects.
Patharchatta Plant’s Comprehensive Benefits
Patharchatta is a powerful immunity booster and digestive cleanser. It is primarily useful for treating kidney and gall stones. Additionally, it can be used to treat people suffering from ulcers, ear pain, high blood pressure, fever, chest congestion, constipation, stomach pain, etc. Plus, it comes with anti-diabetic properties and doubles up as a liver tonic, making it ideal for treating hepatitis and jaundice. That’s not all. The Patharchatta juice from the leaves nourishes the hair and also helps to treat premature greying.
Patharchatta For Kidney / Gallbladder Stones
Patharchatta for smaller kidney stones and gallstones is a God-send if you ask us.
Suggested Remedy: For gall stones, take 40-50 ml decoction of the whole plant, twice a day. Alternatively, you can also take the decoction with 500 mg Shilajit and 2 gm of honey. Nityanandam Shree suggests that there are ways in which you can consume Patharchatta for kidney stones:
- By chewing 2-3 leaves as is along with black pepper (optional) on an empty stomach twice a day. Make sure to wash it thoroughly.
- By taking 2-3 Patharchatta leaves and grinding it in a mortar and pestle to make a chutney/juice. You can simply extract the juice (around 8-10 ml), strain it and drink it to control bleeding piles and treat dysmenorrhea.
- By making a decoction or Kadha using Patharchatta leaves (around 10 gm) in a glass of water. You need to boil it till it becomes one-fourth of the quantity and then consume.
Alternatively, you can grind the leaves of the plant, add turmeric and some jaggery to it. Continue taking it for at least 2 weeks.
Also known as Zakhme Hayat (Healer of Wounds), Patharchatta leaves in the paste form can be used to treat wounds both internal and external. This includes boils, soar cuts, and roundworms.
Suggested Remedy: You have to take the leaves and heat it on a Tawa/pan. Then, grind to a paste and tie it to the wound. It is suggested you keep it overnight. Continue doing so for a week for best results.
Note: You can also use it on acne/pimples, insect bites and for reducing localized swelling.
Patharchatta For Urinary Disorders
To treat a variety of urinary issues such as vaginal disorders, take 40-60 ml of Patharchatta’s decoction and mix it with 2 gm honey. Consume twice a day for best results.
For people suffering from dysentery, you can take a decoction of the plant’s leaves along with Bilwa. The recommended dose is 30-40 ml in divided doses.
Asthma, Cough, And Cold
Take Patharchatta’s juice (extracted from the leaves) and mix sugar candy or honey in it. Consume for relief from cold-like symptoms. Alternatively, you can use the dried powder of the leaf to make a herbal tea and enjoy its anti-oxidant effects.
Blood Mixed Diarrhoea
For people suffering from blood mixed diarrhoea, mix Patharchatta leaf juice (3 ml), jeera (3 g), and ghee (6 g) and consume for a couple of days.
If you experience constant bloating, you can extract juice from 4-5 leaves and mix it with one teaspoon of mishri and one cup of warm water, and consume.
For treating dandruff, you can mix 4-5 drops of the leaf juice and coconut oil and apply on the scalp at night.
You can use yellow leaves of Patharchatta and extract its juice. Put a few drops in your ear for a couple of days to see noticeable results.
You can grind the leaves to a paste and apply on your forehead to get relief from headaches.
Take 5-10 drops of the plant extract (from the aerial parts) as it helps in controlling blood pressure.
Important: Fresh Patharchatta leaves work best as opposed to dried leaves.
Patharchatta Side-Effects & Precautionary Measures
Overdose can make you feel dizzy or lead to addiction so please consult your doctor for the recommended dose.