Herb Library: Natural Herbs and Herbal Supplements Directory: Triphala





This fact sheet provides basic information about Triphala. Triphala, a combination of potent herbs, is one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbal formulas of India. It is an effective laxative which also enhances and maintains the body's strength. Since triphala is potent yet mild, it is the laxative of choice for vegetarian Hindus whose constitution is not able to handle harsh laxatives. In addition, because of its high nutritional value, triphala uniquely cleanses and detoxifies at the deepest organic levels without depleting the body's reserves. For this reason triphala is considered one of the most valuable herbal preparations to Hindus.

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What It Is Used For

  • Regulates bowel movement
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Improves circulation

How It Is Used

Triphala offers users nutrition in the form of Vitamin C, the presence of linoleic oil, and other important nutrients which it makes more of a tonic.

What the Science Says

  • Recent medical research conducted by several leading academic institutions in India such as the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Jawaharlal Nehru University has revealed that Triphala has a significant medicinal value as a potential detoxifying and anti-Cancer agent.

Side Effects and Cautions

  • Triphala has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity.


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