It is herbal plant from the family of Euphorbiaceae. It is commonly found in coastal areas, known by the common names gale of the wind, stonebreaker or seed-under-leaf.
It is has been used in Ayurveda, Siddha for problems of the stomach, genitourinary system, liver, kidney, and spleen, and to treat chronic fever. Amazonian tribes of Brazil historically used Phyllanthus niruri to treat kidney stones and gallstones, naming it Chanca piedra, the Spanish term for stonebreaker.
The analysis of the extract revealed several bioactive molecules and chemical agents The active phytochemicals, flavonoids, alkaloids, terpenoids, lignans, polyphenols, tannins, coumarins and saponins, which have antioxidant properties.