A two-stage clinical trial of Phyllanthus amarus in hepatitis B carriers: failure to eradicate the surface antigen.

Author

Doshi JC, Vaidya AB, Antarkar DS, Deolalikar R, Antani DH

Date

1/1994

Journal

Indian J Gastroenterol

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There have been conflicting data in literature about the value of Phyllanthus amarus in treating hepatitis B virus-related disorders. AIM: To evaluate the role of Phyllanthus amarus in eradication of the virus in hepatitis B carriers. METHODS: Phyllanthus amarus was administered to 30 asymptomatic carriers of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) in a dosage of 250 to 500 mg thrice daily for 4 to 8 weeks. RESULTS: None of the 30 subjects cleared HBsAg. Phyllanthus amarus was well tolerated, with no clinical side effects or changes in the organ profiles for safety evaluation. CONCLUSION: Phyllanthus amarus is not effective in clearing HBsAg in asymptomatic carriers of the antigen.