Triphala Information and Facts

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. So how is triphala that much different from other varieties of herbal laxatives? There are two main types of herbal laxatives. The first is called a purgative and includes herbs such as senna, rhubarb, leptandra, buckthorne, and cascara. Purgative laxatives often contain bitter principles in the form of anthroquinones which function by stimulating the peristaltic action of the intestinal lining, either directly or indirectly by promoting the secretion of bile through the liver and gall bladder.

The second variety of laxative is a lubricating bulk laxative that includes demulcent herbs such as psyllium and flax seed. Demulcent laxatives offer more nutrition than do purgative laxatives and usually do not have any significant direct effect on either the liver or the gall bladder. Rather, they function like a sponge by swelling and absorbing fluid, thus acting as an intestinal cleanser.

Unlike other herbal laxatives, triphala combines both the nutritional as well as blood and liver cleansing effects. It does not however have the same effects as a demulcent or lubricating laxative. It does have some anthroquinones which stimulates bile flow and peristalsis. 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.