Pashanabheda Plant (Patharchat / Bergenia ciliata): Local Names, Chemical Compositions, Interesting Facts, Used Parts, Ayurvedic Formulations, Medicinal Uses & Side Effects,


Pashanabheda (Bergenia ciliate/ ligulata) is a marvelous creation of God that helps us in curing many diseases. In Ayurveda, it is use as a litholytic agent for urinary calculi and other renal disorders. Nevertheless, it having many other magical effects in the body and most of them are not commonly known to us.  

Local Names:

1.     Pashanabheda,
2.     Patharchat, 
3.     Asmabhedaka, 
4.     Silibheda, 
5.     Patharkuchi, 
6.     Patharkuchi, 
7.     Himasagara, 
8.     Patrankur, 
9.     Pashanbheda, 
10. Pakhanbheda, 
11. Pakhanabheda, 
12. Silphara, Patharcua, 
13. Pakhanabhed, 
14. Silpbheda, 
15. Alepgaya, 
16. Pahanbhedi, 
17. Hittaga, 
18. Pasanaberu, 
19. Hittulaka, 
20. Kallurvanchi, 
21. Kallurvanni, 
22. Kallorvanchi, 
23. Pashanbheda, 
24. Kachalu, 
25. Pashanbhed, 
26. Sirupilai, 
27. Kondapindi.  

Scientific Name:

·        Bergenia ciliate/Bergenia ligulata

7 Facts About Bergenia ciliate:

·        In Sanskrit Pashanabheda, means ‘Who Grows Up By Breaking Stones’ and interestingly it is also used in curing renal stones by breaking them. 
·        Bergenia ciliata is an evergreen plant. Throughout the year the plant remains green and shiny and ready for medicinal use for the whole year. But the concentration of alkaloids remains good in the month of winter.  
·        Basically Bergenia ciliate, is a native of central Asia. In India, it is mostly found in Himalayas and Khasia Hills of Meghalaya.
·        The plant can survive in extreme conditions even in stones without any contact of soils.
·        The Leaves can also produce new plants is come contact with any suitable climate.
·        If you left a leaf of this plant in the middle of you text book for couple of weeks, then you can see few new generation of this plant starts to grown up even inside of your book.
·        There are hundreds of preparations in the market for the renal stone but almost all preparation contains Bergenia ciliata.  

Chemical Compositions of Bergenia ciliata:

1.     Bergenin alias cuscutin is trihydroxybenzoic acid glycoside, It possesses O-demethylated derivative, so called norbergenin. It has some extraordinary effects in boosting immunity.
2.     β-sitosterol, is a plant sterol. It is an analgesic component. It increases the pain tolerance by 300%.  It is structurally similar to cholesterol. They are hydrophobic and alcohols soluble.
3.     β-sitosterol-D-glucoside, is basically a having some analgesic effects. By using this 157% pain tolerance increases in our body. Whereas Mefenamic Acid, an established modern drug increases the tolerance by 171%.
4.     Leucocyanidin, is a chemical used for the treatment of many diseases. It having antiepileptic, anticonvulsant, anesthetics, antiasthmatic effects.
5.     Gallic acid, a type of phenolic acid or a kind of Organic acid. It is also known as 'gallates”. It is found in many plants. Mainly it is used in ink industry and pharma industry. 
6.     Methyl gallate, is one of the most well-known antioxidant in the market. It reduces the oxidative stress. It reduces the aging process.
7.     Catechin, it is a chemical that effects on the BMI. Most commonly found in green tea. It is helpful in obesity as it reduces the extra facts. Mostly the subcutaneous facts reduce for its presence in the blood.
8.     Mucilage, it is nothing but a common thick, gluey substance, which is present in most of the plants. Plants use this as food storage agent. It is useful in gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders.

Taste of Winter Begnia:

1.     Astringent,
2.     Pungent
3.     Bitter 

Nature of Bergenia:

·        Warm

Used Part:

·        Rhizome. 

Bergenia ciliata Medicinal Uses:

1.     It acts as a very good diuretic. It can be used for many diseases like cardiac asthma, renal failure etc.
2.     Breaks and re-breaks the kidney stones and that is it is the drug of choice for most of the Ayurvedic Doctors.
3.     It works as very liver protective agent and commonly found in many herbal liver supportive.
4.     It is widely used for the treatment of Obesity. It reduces the subcutaneous fats.
5.     It is beneficial in Jaundice or Hepatitis. In classical or Homely ntreatment, it is use widely.
6.     It acts as a very good anti-oxidant and often found in many herbal or semi herbal compositions of many drugs.
7.     It has anti-aging ability and that can help us in keeping our selves fresh and energetic.
8.     It is good for general diseases of genital area and often use in homely medications.
9.     It acts as very good renal tissue protective agent.
10. It is useful as an antidote in opium poisoning.
11. It helps in breakdown of renal stones and it is the specialist for this purpose.
12. It is helpful in hydronephrosis and keeps the kidneys safe.
13. It is helpful in UTI and that is why it is commonly found in most of the herbal preparations dedicated to UTI.
14. It is expectorant and used as home remedy.
15. It is antipyretic and used for the home remedy of simple uncomplicated fever cases.
16. It is anti-haemorrhoidal and thus helps in preventing the complications of piles.
17. It is helpful in chronic renal diseases.
18. It works as antimicrobial agent.
19. It helps in controlling of diarrhea,
20. It helps in controlling of dysentery,
21. It helps in controlling of heart diseases, like cardiac asthma.
22. It helps in controlling of splenic disorders.
23. It helps in controlling diabetes and reduces the chances of diabetic renal diseases.

Pashanabheda as home remedy:

·        Plain 10-15 ml raw juice of Pashanabheda is very beneficial in almost all kind renal calculi and UTI.

Pashanabheda Plant Containing Ayurvedic Medicines:

1.     Almost all medicine of renal calculi contains Pashanabheda like Tab. Cystone, Tab. Calcurry, Cap. Zotastone.
2.     Cap. Pashanabheda 

Bergenia ciliata Side Effects:

1.      It is a safe herb. 
2.     No side effects noted within recommend dosages. 


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I m taking the cystone tablet for last one month. I have a renal calculi of3mm size i m taking neeri syrup and cystone tab both. Hope both will work good and i will be out of the calculi..

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May 1, 2016 at 3:56 PM ×

I m taking the cystone tablet for last one month. I have a renal calculi of3mm size i m taking neeri syrup and cystone tab both. Hope both will work good and i will be out of the calculi..

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October 14, 2016 at 8:03 PM ×

Sorry for the delay. You are taking really good medicines. Both having good efficacy. Hope will be fit very soon.

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October 14, 2016 at 8:04 PM ×

Sorry for the delay. You are taking really good medicines. Both having good efficacy. Hope will be fit very soon.

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