• Dr. Wilde

TRIPHALA


Triphala has been used as a healing agent for over a millennium. Triphala is a staple of Ayurvedic medicine, originating from India over 3,000 years ago. Triphala is not a single plant. It is a combination of three herbal plants, making it a “polyherbal” medicine. Its name literally translates to “three fruits”. The synergistic effect of multiple herbs when taken together are more a potent remedy than when taken individually. The three herb names along with their latin appellations are Amla or Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

Source: Triphala is almost primarily cultivated and processed in India. Each of the three herbs are grown separately in certain regions throughout India



Benefits:

Urinary Tract: Used in Ayurveda to purify the urine and prevent urinary tract disease

Digestive Aid: It improves digestive health and aids with metabolism, improving ulcers and gastric upset

Weight Loss: Speaking of metabolism, clinical tests have shown Triphala causes weight loss – lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and the LDL “bad” cholesterol. It also increases the HDL “good” cholesterol and improves liver enzymes along with glucose levels. This lends itself to be of benefit to those who are diabetic or insulin resistant

Dental Disease and Cavities: Can reduce plaque and reduce the incidence of gum disease and cavities. Can reduce gingivitis and oral bacteria

Anti-Inflammatory: Triphala has a number of antioxidants which can help against heart disease, systemic inflammation and issues like arthritis

Laxative: It is a natural alternative to over-the-counter laxatives. Reduces constipation, improves the consistency and frequency of bowel movements and aids in gastrointestinal disorders



Risks: Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take Triphala as it has not been properly vetted. Those on blood thinners like Warfarin should consult with a doctor before combining it with Triphala as it has been show to decrease the efficacy of such medications

Since it has a purgative effect, it can cause gastrointestinal issues as a side effect in sensitive individuals



Sustainability: With different ecological groups and growers dedicated to growing sustainable crops of the three herbs, and a relatively stable demand for the herbs in the Ayurvedic community, support for future consumption are regulated

Processing: The three herbs are combined into tinctures or powders to be taken as a capsule or liquid


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Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19194970 - Uses in Ayurvedic medicine https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25289531 - Anti-inflammatory effects https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2835915/ - As an antioxidant https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23448484 - For diabetes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23251942 - Aids in weight loss https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19170156 - Gastrointestinal benefit

https://aap.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1902/jop.2016.130406 - Uses in oral health



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