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Ayurvedic Herbs for Elimination

Triphala is a combination of three tropical fruits, including the famous Indian gooseberry that is also the basis of Chyawanprash, amla. It is very sour. Triphala is considered to be a detoxifying and rejuvenative formula, not a laxative.

Improvements in hair and nail growth as well as skin luster normally do not become visible for 2-3 months following commencement of rejuvenating herbs because deeper regeneration takes precedence over more superficial rejuvenation. Triphala is a highly valuable formula for people who have suffered colon damage due to diet, infection, parasites, or even antibiotic use. However, it does not usually make an adequate substitution for laxatives though increasing the dosage sometimes helps.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Colon Aid. This is a much more aggressively stimulating formula. It is extremely strong and promotes elimination. The tablets are made with highly concentrated extracts and some people will find one tablet works wonders. It is definitely for people with more concern over congestion and blockage than assimilation and rejuvenation, this despite the fact that it contains all the herbs in triphala. The formulator suggests that this product be used "when needed" but not on a regular basis. This means it promotes rapid expulsion and can therefore be useful when exposed to a toxin or when the bowels have become very sluggish.



Detox, 50 tablets

Detox is a general organ cleanser and tonic that addresses the kidneys, liver, pancreas, and gall bladder. It helps restore the body after damage from toxic metals, alcohol, and nutritional deficiencies. Vadik is so confident of this product that it guarantees that if you do not see results, you can return the empty bottle for a complete refund.

Ingredients: standardized extracts of Amalaki, Emblica officinalis; Manjistha, Rubia cordifolia; Turmeric, Curcuma longa; Guduchi, Tinospora cordifolia; Anantmul, Hemidesmus indicus; Vidanga, Emblia ribes; Licorice, Glycyrrhiza glabra.

Vadik Herbs, $

Haritaki Extract, 2 oz.

Haritaki is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine and the most revered in Tibetan medicine. It is a parasiticide (intestinal worms) and one of herbs used in preparation for kaya kalpa, Ayurvedic rejuvenative therapy. It is a fruit and one of the three ingredients in triphala. It is the most purgative of the three fruits. It pacifies vata and helps to remove toxins, normalize lipids, and rebuild blood.

30 drops in a small amount of water, 2 to 3 times daily, or as directed by your health care provider. Shake well before using.

Ingredients: 1:4 extract of organically grown Terminalia chebula fruit in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, $

Haritaki Fruit Powder, organic, half pound

Haritaki is one of the three fruits in triphala where it exhibits more purgative action than the other two fruits. It is also one of the ingredients in Chyawanprash. It is a vata pacifying fruit that acts mainly on the gastrointestinal tract where it removes toxins, nourishes, and rejuvenates tissue, having a special ability to normalize lipids. It is also used to treat fevers and anemia.

Ingredients: certified organic Terminalia chebula fruit powder.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Haritaki, 100 Vegi-Caps, 590 mg

Haritaki is one of the three fruits in triphala where it exhibits more purgative action than the other two fruits. It is the most important herb in Tibetan medicine and one of the ingredients in Chyawanprash. It is vata pacifying and acts mainly on the gastrointestinal tract where it removes toxins, nourishes, and rejuvenates tissue, having a special ability to normalize lipids. It is also used to treat fevers and anemia.

Ingredients: wildcrafted Terminalia chebula powder in vegetarian capsules.

Vadik Herbs, $

Trikatu, Spices to Kindle Agni for Kapha Types

Kapha Digest, 90 tablets

This is the historic Trikatu formula. It contains three spices that stimulate digestion and assimilation of food. It kindles agni or digestive fire and promotes reduction of excess kapha and fat. In Ayurveda, spices are used to counteract lethargy and slow metabolism as well as to improve absorption due to weak appetite and insufficency of gastric secretions.

Ingredients: Ginger root, Zingiber officinale*, Black Pepper fruit, Piper nigrum*, Pippali fruit, Piper longum*.

*Certified organically grown

Banyan Botanicals, $

Banyan Botanicals Sweet Ease

Sweet Ease, 90 tablets

Sweet Ease promotes healthy blood glucose levels. Contains bitter and astringent herbs that work synergistically to alleviate excess kapha. Sweet Ease promotes proper function of the pancreas and may be useful for people prone to high blood sugar. Clinical studies suggest that the two main herbs in Sweet Ease, shardunika and neem, promote insulin secretion. This formula helps to purify the blood by supporting proper digestion and metabolism.

It can be used by both pitta and kapha types but may aggravate vata.

Ingredients: Guduchi herb, Tinospora cordifolia; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis; Shardunika leaf, Gymnema sylvestre, Turmeric root, Curcuma longa; Kutki root, Picrorhiza kurroa; Neem leaf Azadirachta indica; mineral pitch.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Triphala Elixir, 4 oz.

Triphala Elixir is made with the same three tropical fruits found in the traditional Ayurvedic formula for intestinal cleansing and ama reduction. Honey and tiny bit of vegetable glycerin have been added to give the formula a sweeter taste. This makes it suitable for use with children and perhaps even some pets, but it is also valuable for people who are convalescing or who have very weak powers of assimilation.

Ingredients: Blend of Amalaki Fruit (Emblica officinalis) Extract, Haritaki Fruit (Terminalia chebula) Extract, and Bibhtaki (Terminalia bellirica) Extract in honey, distilled water, certified organic alcohol, and vegetable glycerin.

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, $

Triphala Guggulu Tablets for Excess Kapha

Triphala Guggulu, 90 tablets, 300 mg.

Triphala Guggulu combines two of Ayurveda"s most popular remedies: triphala and guggul. It is used to maintain proper cholesterol and weight levels. Some of the indications for use might include any kapha accumulations, from ama and ear wax to gall stones and obesity. It does this by gently and gradually removing toxins. Its use should be limited during pregnancy or if there is diarrhea.

Ingredients: Guggulu resin, Commiphora mukul; Amalaki fruit, Emblica officinalis; Bibhitaki fruit, Terminalia belerica; Haritaki fruit, Terminalia chebula, Pippali fruit, Piper longum.

Banyan Botanicals, $

Triphala, Blend of 3 Tropical Fruits for Intestinal and Arterial Cleansing

Triphala, 90 tablets

Triphala contains three tropical fruits used to regulate and regenerate the lower intestine. Triphala is probably the best selling Ayurvedic formula in the world. It is not a laxative or purgative but rather a support to deeper assimilation and elimination. It is balancing for all doshas.

Ingredients: standardized extracts of Terminalia belerica, Terminalia chebula, Emblica officinalis, Cassia angustifolia.

*Certified organically grown

Banyan Botanicals, $