Health Benefits of Phyllantus Amarus known as Ewe Eyin Olobe to Nigerians

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Health Benefits of Phyllantus Amarus known as Ewe Eyin Olobe to Nigerians

Eyin Olobe known as Phyllantus Amarus is a species of plant long used in African herbal medicine and also in Indian ayurvedic medicine too. Phyllantus Amarus known as Eyin Olobe in the Yoruba language is a leafy herb plant found in tropical regions in the Americas, Africa, India, China, and Southeast Asia.

Health Benefits of Phyllantus Amarus known as Ewe Eyin Olobe to Nigerians
Health Benefits of Phyllantus Amarus known as Ewe Eyin Olobe to Nigerians

It can be found almost everywhere in Nigeria and whoever can’t find it can get it in herbs markets.

Common Names of Phyllantus Amarus known as Ewe Eyin Olobe

Common names for Phyllantus Amarus include Chanca Piedra in Spanish, Bhumyamalaki in Ayurveda, Quebra Pedra in Portuguese, Eyin Olobe in Yoruba language, Enyikwonwa and Ngwu in Igbo langy, Oyomokeso Amanke Edem in Efik and Geeron-Tsuntsaayee (bird’s millet) or Mache Dagooyo in the Hausa language.

Description of Phyllantus Amarus known as Ewe Eyin Olobe

Phyllantus Amarus is a common household herb. It grows 50 to 70 centimeters tall and bears ascending herbaceous branches. The bark is smooth and light green. It bears numerous pale green flowers which are often flushed with red. The fruits are tiny, smooth capsules containing seeds.

Phyllantus Amarus known as Eyin Olobe belong to a genus of plant known as Phyllantus, another plant that belongs to this same genus is Phyllantus niruri

Phyllantus Amarus is sometimes confused for Phyllantus niruri because they resemble each other physically but niruri has larger leaves and they contain some similar phytochemicals which mean they have some similar health benefits too.

The phytochemical difference is that Phyllantus Amarus has higher anti-oxidant activity than Phyllantus niruri, which makes P.Amarus have more health benefits.

Health benefits of ewe Eyin Olobe

Ewe Eyin Olobe is a plant long used in African herbal medicine. In the olden days, it is known to be used for the treatment of stomach ulcers, dysentery, piles, and erectile dysfunctions. Modern science and its research have shown that Phyllanthus Amarus known as Ewe Eyin Olobe can do more than that, it can treat and even cure many diseases and help with a number of health conditions like Bladder Infections called Cystitis, Flu, and colds, Diabetes, Hepatitis B virus, Kidney disorders among others, This is why Ewe Eyin Olobe is called Stonebreaker because it is believed to remove kidney stones. Ewe Eyin Olobe is useful in the treatment of stomach Ulcers. Treats Urinary tract infections (UTI).  Plants of the Phyllanthus genus are known for relieving pain, Improving liver health, and boosting the immune system. Phyllanthus Amarus extracts benefit the liver and protect it. 

– Ewe Eyin Olobe Lowers blood pressure

– Phyllanthus Amarus slows the growth of the hepatitis B virus found in the bloodstream

– The herb has antifungal  and antiviral properties

– Ewe Eyin Olobe lowers blood sugar, Good for diabetes.

– Aqueous extract of Ewe Eyin Olobe is reported to have an inhibitory effect on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)…Research still ongoing.

– It is a remedy for fatty liver and liver damage. 

– it promotes liver health.

-Ewe Eyin Olobe detoxify the liver

– It is a diuretic and hence is used in the urinary tract and bacterial infections like cystitis and prostatitis.

– Fresh Juice from the plant is very effective in the treatment of menorrhagia, leucorrhea, and gonorrhea

– Leaves of Phyllanthus Amarus are a popular remedy against Malaria fever and typhoid fever

– Infusion of young shoots of Ewe Eyin Olobe is given in dysentery and piles.

– It contains a good value of potassium which promotes heart health

-It stops premature ejaculation 

How to Prepare ewe Eyin Olobe as medication

An aqueous decoction (herbs boiled gently in water) must be made. To prepare this herbal mixture locally, take one or two small plants, cut them up, bash them to lightly bruise it and open it up, throw all these into a pot, add 2 liters of water and boil down gently to 1 liter, cool, strain and then pour into a container and store in the fridge. Pour out a third of a glass of this decoction twice a day and drink. To spice it up, you can add a little Orange Juice or dilute it with a little more water to suppress the bitterness.

Side effects of Ewe Eyin Olobe

There’s some concern that the use of Ewe Eyin Olobe may increase the effect of certain medications (such as drugs used in the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure). Therefore, It is important you consult a herbal medicine expert or your doctor prior to taking extracts from this plant. Patients with liver or kidney diseases must also talk to their health care provider before using this drug. For solution to any health or spiritual problem, contact me here


  1. Does it mean that if I am on hypertensive drugs and diuretic, I can’t use it at all or to just reduce the dosage

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