In the description area it says that it is used to many things, e.g.
- prevents aging
- imparts immunity
- improves mental faculties
- detoxifies the liver
- restores digestion
- purifies blood
- acts as a laxative without causing cramps or irritation
- rejuvenates the membrane lining the digestive tract
- contributes to effective cleansing of the colon
- helps reduce excess weight
- helps in healing ulcers in cases of Pyoderma gangrenosum
- treatment of Lipoma
So naturally I started researching this product more carefully after reading such claims.
It's originally a traditional Indian medicine that consists of the following fruit-bearing plant species
- Amalaki aka Indian gooseberry or aamla (Phyllanthus emblica or synonym Emblica officinalis)
- Bibhitaki aka beleric or bastard myrobalan (Terminalia bellirica)
- Haritaki aka Yellow Myrobalan or Chebulic Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula)
Wikipedia also claims that Triphala has been used as a treatment for various forms of cancer.
And surprise, surprise, there are some such studies available!
This one says that Tripahala is effective of inhibiting the growth of a pancreatic tumor by inducing cell death. and the interesting part is that Triphala was administered orally!
Another study tells that a direct oral feeding of Triphala to mice (40 mg/kg body weight) resulted significant reduction in tumor growth as evaluated by tumor volume measurement.
It was also found that the cell death was significantly higher in the excised tumor tissue of Triphala fed mice as compared to the control, suggesting the involvement of cell death in tumor growth reduction. These results suggest that Triphala possessed ability to induce cell toxicity in tumor cells but spared the normal cells.
Can this be real? An oral supplement that induces cell death in tumor cells?
I know Ayurvedic Medicine has been hyped about quite some time but I never looked at the scientific studies before.
Is it safe?
According to many studies, including this one, Triphala should be pretty safe to consume. It says Triphala has significant immunostimulatory effects on cellular immune response, especially cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells.
This review study from 2010 states that experimental studies in the past decade have shown that Triphala is useful in the prevention of cancer and that it also possesses antineoplastic, radioprotective and chemoprotective effects.
Should we test this? Has anyone tried it? Is it too good to be true?
There are some opponent comments on the internet that I did find. But all the studies indicate that there might just be something behind it... Hmm.
I know I'm not just going to pass this as it is also such an inexpensive product (an alternative here). It's also available in Iherb but I'm not sure which one is more potent.