Triphala Information And Description:
Triphala is a popular Ayurvedic Indian herbal mixture of three fruits: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Chebulic myrobalan), and Bibhitaki (Beleric myrobalan). It has been used for thousands of years as a purifying herb to help the body release toxins and restore balance.
Best Uses For Triphala:
Triphala is primarily used for constipation, colon cleansing, bowel irregularity, and digestive health. It is also used to lower some forms of cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Amalaki, also known as Indian gooseberry, is a powerful antioxidant that contains elevated levels of vitamin C. It helps boost the immune system and is valued for its rejuvenative properties. Haritaki provides the strongest laxative benefit of the three fruits. Bibhitaki has laxative and astringent properties that help eliminate toxins from the bowel and respiratory tract.
Triphala has antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties and studies suggest that it offers some anti-cancer benefits.
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Interactions And Warnings:
There are no known drug interactions. Triphala may cause stomach upset.
When Buying Triphala:
Take only capsules of Triphala and avoid the powdered form.
Follow the dosage recommendations on the label and take regularly.
Discuss with your pediatrician first.
Dr. Weil Says:
There is a reason that Triphala has remained one of the most popular treatments among Ayurvedic medicine practitioners for thousands of years. Triphala is a gentle laxative that is very effective.
BMC Cancer, 2008; 8: 294 – Triphala inhibits both in vitro and in vivo xenograft growth of pancreatic tumor cells by inducing apoptosis, Yan Shi, Ravi P. Sahu, Sanjay K Srivastava – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2576337/
Cancer Letter. 2006 Jan 18;231(2):206-14 – Potential of traditional ayurvedic formulation, Triphala, as a novel anticancer drug. Sandhya T, Lathika KM, Pandey BN, Mishra KP – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15899544
The Chopra Center – chopra.com/triphala
Natural Health, Natural Medicine: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Self-Care for Optimum Health, by Andrew Weil.
Reviewed by Russell Greenfield, M.D., August, 2016.