Phyllanthus niruri Linn has been used in Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda”) for over 2,000 years, and has been used in wide number of traditional disorders such as jaundice (icterus), gonorrhea (a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrheae), frequent menstruation, and diabetes and topically as a poultice for skin ulcers, sores, itchiness, and swelling.

Phyllanthus is the name of a smaller type of shrub which is also grown for the beauty of its foliage. It rarely grows much above four feet in height and is very suitable for planting in any place where a small, compact shrub is required. Its flowers are inconspicuous, but its small foliage which in summer, is richly marked with red, white and green, is distinctly beautiful.

The Phyllanthus thrives as well in sandy soil as in loam, but it requires ample water during dry weather. It often does better in positions which provide a certain amount of shade during the heat of the day.

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Por Toluaye – Photo by Toluaye, Dominiu públicu, Phyllanthus niruri

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By Sailesh – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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By Vinayaraj – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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