Triphala and Cancer


Triphala is an Ayurvedic herbal rasayana consisting of equal parts of three unrelated seedless fruits like Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). The first part of triphala Amalaki is known as Amala (Indian gooseberry), is a deciduous tree of the family Phyllanthaceae. It is known for its edible fruit. The tree is small to medium in size, reaching 8 to 18 m in height. The second part Bibhitaki known as Bahera is a large deciduous tree commonly grows on plains and lower hills in Southeast Asia. The leaves are about 15 cm long. The third part of Thriphala is Haritaki, which is called as Myrobalan is native to southern Asia. The tree grows 30 meter (98 ft) tall, with a trunk up to 1 meter (3 ft 3 in) in diameter. These three amazing herbs are mixed to make triphala, which tastes quite bitter in taste.

Triphala and Cancer
Triphala is an Indian Ayurvedic Formulation, which is known for its anti-cancer properties. Toxicity study showed that triphala was non-toxic up to a dose of 240 mg/kg. On of the studies stated that, it is a good radioprotective agent. It is useful in reducing the growth of cancerous tumours cells in the body. It is useful in the prevention of cancer and that it also possesses antineoplastic, radioprotective and chemoprotective effects. Triphala slow down the growth of pancreatic cancer cells. Scientists found that the tumours in triphala-treated mice were half the size of those in the untreated mice, without any side effects on normal pancreatic cells. It helps in reducing the spindle formations there by reducing the risk of growth of metastasis of cancer cells.

The cheapest Indian ayurvedic medical formulations is Triphala, which is known as anti-cancer agent. Number of researches and experiments are done regarding triphala and it gave positive results. The scientists explain that the differential effect of Triphala on normal and tumor cells seems to be related to its ability to evoke differential response in intracellular ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) generation. According to December 2005 Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research from the Radiation and Cancer Biology Laboratory at Jawaharlal Nehru University noted that Triphala was effective in reducing tumor incidences and increasing the antioxidant.


1. Triphala is an effective remedy for bowel cleanser and very much helpful in the process of digestion.
2. Triphala helps to handle flatulence.
3. To cure gout or vata rakta and other joint problems, Triphala is the best effective herbal medicine.
4. Triphala helps in good functioning of the liver and the pancreas.
5. Amla present in triphala is used to break the fatty acids in the body and maintains the weight.
6. Triphala is used to treat eye problems such as fatigue, redness and soreness of the eyes.
7. Triphala is helpful in strengthening the gastrointestinal tract and also purifies the blood.
8. To have a quality voice, strong and black hair, Triphala is very effective medicine.
9. If triphala is taken in the morning, it gives strength to the body.
10. Triphala is extremely helpful in treating any kind of urinary tract infection.

How to use Triphala
1. Triphala powder can be mixed with eight ounces of any fruit juice or water and take it.
2. Take 1 teaspoon of Triphala in lukewarm water and consume it before going to bed.
3. Add half to one teaspoon of the triphala powder in a cup of hot water. Add some honey and drink it.
4. For good eye sight, put 1 to 2 teaspoons of the triphala powder in a cup of lukewarm water. Allow it to stay overnight. In the morning, filter the liquid and splash it on the eyes.

Triphala should used only after consulting a physician. Some doctors does’nt recommended for the women during pregnancy, because there is a chance of harming to the unborn child. Most experts do not recommend triphala for children. If it taken more in dosage it may damage colon muscles. Most of all these side effects may be due to an improper dosage.

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