Information about the herb Phyllanthus Amarus

Phyllanthus amarus, also known as Bahupatra is part of the Euphorbiacea plant family. Bahupatra originates from Southern India.

General Information

Botanical Name: Phyllanthus amarus

Plant Family: Euphorbiacea. All Euphorbiaceae should be treated with caution and should be prescribed by an appropriate health practitioner.

Common name: Bahupatra (Sanskrit)

Tradition: Phyllanthus amarus is a traditional ayurvedic herb used in southern India for the treatment of jaundice

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Plant Constituents of Phyllanthus Amarus


  • alkaloids
  • flavonoids
  • geraniin, a tannin which is an in vitro anti-viral agent
  • lignans such as
  • hypophyllanthin
  • phyllanthin


  • anti-viral [an agent that destroys viruses]
  • hepatoprotective [liver protector]
  • hypoglycemic [lowers blood sugar]

Usage of Phyllanthus Amarus

Medicinal Parts Used: Leaves or aerial parts may have a support role in Diabetes

Phyllanthus Amarus is also used for:

Liver Conditions

  • Hepatitis B
  • jaundice
  • may have a support role in Diabetes

Viral Conditions

Viral liver diseases including:

  • acute hepatitis
  • chronic persistent hepatitis
  • part of the treatment for chronic active hepatitis


2-6mL/day of 1:2 extract (higher end of dosage range for acute conditions)

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Drug Interactions:

Do not use Phyllanthus Amarus without first talking to your practitioner or healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following medications:

  • None indicated


Global Herbal Supplies has Phyllanthus Amarus available in the following forms:

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