Triphala is a combination of three Ayurvedic fruits: Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki.The first step in supporting healthy elimination is to tone the bowel muscles and lubricate the intestinal villi and gut wall. Triphala (also spelled Trifala) is a classic Ayurvedic formula that consists of three fruits which safely and effectively treat occasional constipation (1):
- Haritaki tones the muscular wall of the gut.
- Amalaki supports the health of the intestinal skin and villi.
- Bibhitaki boosts the removal of mucus and toxins from the wall of the gut.
Triphala is not a harmful, bowel-irritating laxative like senna, cascara sagrada and others which can also be habit-forming. Clinically, I find it useful as a bowel sweep for short-term eliminative support when traveling and during times of stress, and to help reset the lower digestive function.
Triphala and Healthy Weight Loss
In a recent peer-reviewed study, the effects of Triphala were examined. The study set out to measure the effects of Triphala and its individual herbal components Amalaki, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki. Laboratory mice were divided into 6 groups and monitored for 10 weeks: (2)
Group 1: Fed a normal diet.
Group 2: Fed a high-fat diet.
Group 3: Fed a high-fat diet plus supplemental triphala.
Group 4: Fed a high-fat diet plus supplemental amalaki.
Group 5: Fed a high-fat diet plus supplemental haritaki.
Group 6: Fed a high-fat diet plus supplemental bibhitaki.
The team measured food and energy intake daily for 10 weeks and measured the body weight of each mouse every third day during the course of the experiment. The results were amazing. All of the groups lost significant amounts of belly fat – with the exception of Groups 1 and 2. (2) Clearly, supplementing with these herbs has a significantly measurable effect.
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Triphala: This formula has three fruits that support the eliminative process: Amalaki is a fruit that supports a healthy intestinal system. Bibhitaki supports the natural balance of intestinal mucus. Haritaki supports the natural strength and function of the intestinal muscles.*
Elim 1 combines the Ayurvedic bowel-toning herbs traditionally found in triphala with slippery elm bark, licorice root and a small amount of psyllium to support healthy movement of the bowels. Elim 1 works to soften and lubricate the mucous membranes of an imbalanced intestinal tract while simultaneously strengthening the bowel muscles to effectively support waste moving out of the system.*