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Triphala is most commonly known for its use as a gentle bowel tonic, being helpful in digestion, and supporting regular bowel movements. The combination of the three fruits has a synergistic effect to bolster many other systems as well. In addition to the GI tract, Ayurveda uses triphala to support healthy respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, reproductive, and nervous systems.1 Triphala has also been shown to be a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from the damaging effects of free radicals.2, 3 The three fruits involved in making triphala are also known for their individual effects:1

  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis): Has a cooling effect that manages pitta, supporting the natural functions of the liver and the immune system.
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica): Is particularly good for kapha, supporting the respiratory system as well as kapha accumulations in all systems.
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): Though having a heating nature, it is still good for all three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). Is known for its “scraping” effect, which removes toxins and helps maintain healthy levels of weight. 

Benefits of Triphala

  • Assists natural internal cleansing*
  • Gently maintains regularity*
  • Nourishes and rejuvenates the tissues*
  • Supports healthy digestion and absorption*
  • Natural antioxidant*

Triphala and Weight Loss

In conditions of excess weight, triphala can be used as part of a weight loss program that includes a healthy diet and exercise. Proper digestion and elimination are important factors in achieving long-term success in maintaining an optimal body weight. Triphala also promotes healthy eating habits and cravings by supplying the body with the full spectrum of natural tastes. By promoting healthy absorption and assimilation of nutrients, triphala keeps the body feeling properly nourished and balanced.

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Triphala : Traditional Uses

Triphala is recommended and used more often than any other  herbal formulation. It is popular for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it.  It is most well-known for its gentle effects on the bowels, improving peristalsis and cleansing toxic build up of wastes; but it is also viewed as a nourishing supplement known for its ability to rejuvenate healthy tissues, allowing one to age gracefully.

  • The it is described  as the remover of disease and promotes  rejuvenation of the body.1, 11, 12
  • Triphala is also traditionally used as a tonic in hair and eye washes.
  • For those with sluggish digestion and build up of waste, triphala is said to kindle the digestive fire and help improve digestion , allowing one to get the most nutrition from one’s dietary intake.1
  • Culturally, traphala is given the highest respect for restoring health. 1 It is said to give the blessing of long life, and along with amalaki and bibhitaki, will nurture you like a mother.13


As Banyan sources from private farms, it is able to ensure that organic farming methods are followed, and you can therefore rest assured that your herbs have not been treated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals. The fruit contained in our triphala is grown exclusively on certified organic farms. The fresh, ripe fruit is harvested at the optimal time using environmentally sustainable methods that are sensitive to the long-term health of the trees and their surrounding ecosystems.



Botanical Name: Amalaki, bibitaki, haritaki

  • Supports healthy weight loss
  • Nature's best detox and purifier
  • Triphala helps maintain a healthy digestive tract
  • Powerful herbal antioxidant - Rich in natural Vitamin C
  • Improves digestion, elimination and assimilation of nutrients
  • Cleanses, nourishes, and strengthens the entire body


The most popular herbal remedies in the health food industry are those that promote bowel movement. The reason is quite simple since a very common problem for so many individuals is constipation and bowel irregularity. Consider how tremendously valuable a formula is that not only regulates bowel movement but at the same time does the following: 

  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces serum cholesterol
  • Improves circulation (potentiates adrenergic function) 
  • Contains 31% linoleic acid 
  • Exerts a marked cardio-protective effect
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Improves liver function
  • Has proven anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties
  • Expectorant, hypotensive
  • Helpful for asthma 
  • Sound like a panacea? Well, it is practically just that.


Formula for Internal Purification


How is Triphala different from other kinds of laxatives? There are two primary types of herbal laxatives. One is called a purgative and includes herbs such as senna, rhubarb, leptandra, buckthorne and cascara. These often contain bitter principles in the form of anthroquinones that work by stimulating the peristaltic action of the intestinal lining, either directly or by promoting the secretion of bile through the liver and gall bladder. The second type of laxative is a lubricating bulk laxative, including demulcent herbs such as psyllium and flax seed. This is more nutritional and usually does not have any significant direct effect on either the liver or the gall bladder. Instead, these work like a sponge by swelling and absorbing fluid, thus acting as an intestinal broom.

Triphala combines both nutritional as well as blood and liver cleansing actions. It has little function as a demulcent or lubricating laxative, however. It possesses some anthroquinones that help to stimulate bile flow and peristalsis. The nutritional aspect is in the form of its high vitamin C content, and the presence of linoleic oil and other important nutrients that make it more of a tonic. People who are in need of purgatives are those whose bowel irregularity is caused by liver and gall bladder congestion, usually accompanied, to some degree, by blood toxins. Those in need of demulcent laxatives are those with intestinal dryness caused by a variety of metabolic factors including a nutritional deficiency as well as a condition of excess hypermetabolic energy. Triphala will prove useful for all kinds of constipation. 

Herbal healing is largely a matter of strategy. One approach may emphasize tonification while another emphasizes elimination. The problem with overemphasizing tonification is that it can lead to further stagnation and congestion in an excess condition. Emphasizing elimination through the overuse of purgatives in an already deficient individual can further deplete the body's store of minerals and essential B vitamins and can also cause an imbalance of beneficial intestinal microorganisms. The result is weakness with a likely tendency towards chronic fatigue and anemia. Since the body is always simultaneously involved with maintaining and gaining strength through good nutrition as well as eliminating waste, 
Triphala is unique in that it is naturally able to support both vital processes simultaneously. it must however be raw and organic to have the above benefits which most do not concern them selves with, (YOU CAN BE SURE WE HAVE IT CLEAN PURE AND RAW FOR ALL THE ABOVE BENEFITS)

Because of its high nutritional content, Ayurvedic doctors generally do not regard Triphala as a mere laxative. Some of the scientific research and practical experience of people who have used it down through the ages has demonstrated that Triphala is an effective blood purifier that stimulates bile secretion as it detoxifies the liver, helps digestion and assimilation, and significantly reduces serum cholesterol and lipid levels throughout the body. As a result, it is regarded as a kind of universal panacea and is the most commonly prescribed herbal formula.

A popular folk saying in India is: "No mother? Do not worry so long as you have Triphala." The reason is that Indian people believe that Triphala is able to care for the internal organs of the body as a mother cares for her children. Each of the three herbal fruits of Triphala takes care of the body by gently promoting internal cleansing of all conditions of stagnation and excess while at the same time it improves digestion and assimilation.


Tastringent, lubricant, antiparasitical, alterative, antispasmodic and nervine properties. It is therefore used to treat acute and chronic constipation, nervousness, anxiety and feelings of physical heaviness.

Among Tibetans, Harada is so highly revered for its purifying attributes that it is the small fruit that is depicted in the hands of the "medicine Buddha" in their sacred paintings or tankas. Of the three fruits, Harada is the most laxative and contains anthroquinones similar to those found in rhubarb and cascara. Amla has a sour flavor. It is a cooling tonic, astringent, mildly laxative, alterative, antipyretic. It is used to treat imbalances that include ulcers, inflammation of the stomach nd intestines, constipation, diarrhea, liver congestion, eruptions, infections and burning feelings throughout the body. In various studies, Amla has been shown to have mild anti-bacterial properties, as well as pronounced expectorant, anti-viral and cardiotonic activity.

Amla is the highest natural known source of vitamin C, having 20 times the vitamin C content of an orange. The vitamin C in Amla is also uniquely heat stable. it loses hardly any of the vitamin C that was present when it was freshly harvested off the tree. The same is true of Amla that has been dried and kept for up to a year. This age and heat stable form of vitamin C that Amla possesses is due to the presence of certain tannins that bind and inhibit its dissipation. Bihara is astringent, tonic, digestive and anti-spasmodic. Its primary flavor is astringent and the secondary is sweet, bitter and pungent. It targets imbalances of the body. Specifically Bihara purifies and balances excess mucus, treats asthma, bronchiole conditions, allergies and hiccoughs. Ama is a term denoting a substance associated in  chronic disease patterns and symptoms of aging. It is described as a kind of sticky buildup of material that clogs the circulatory channels. In many ways it is nearly identical to the accumulation of excess cholesterol and blood lipids described in the West. ( toxic waste) Both conditions seem to contribute to a wide variety of circulatory disorders ranging from senility to rheumatic conditions, cancer and heart disease. It is interesting that in Traditional Chinese Medicine there is also a pathological condition associated with the heart called "invisible mucus" that is similar to the descriptions of both excess cholesterol in the West, and ama in Ayurveda.

One of the body's reactions to coping with stress is to increase the production of corticosteroids. The accumulation of these stress hormones can also contribute to the formation of toxic matter. Internal stress and the resultant buildup of toxic matter can be caused by the abuse of stimulants,  excessive aerobic exercise and repression of the emotions. It is interesting that some of the very substances and activities that can lower cholesterol in some, when not utilized in a holistic, balanced manner, can act as a stimulant and add further stress that would precipitate the further accumulation of toxic waste.  Triphala is a completely balanced energetic formula, being neither too cold, nor too hot. When taken regularly over a long period, it gently effects the elimination and purification of cells and  from the tissues of the entire body. The three fruits have been scientifically studied and confirm some of its known traditional benefits. These include the lowering of cholesterol, reducing high blood pressure, benefiting circulation, improving digestion and regulating elimination without causing any laxative dependency.

One Indian study reported by C.P. Thakur, demonstrated the enormous value and effectiveness of Amla, in reducing serum, aortic and hepatic cholesterol in rabbits. In another study, extracts of Amla fruit were found to decrease serum free fatty acids and increase cardiac glycogen. This helps to prevent heart attacks by providing significantly greater protection and nourishment to the heart muscle.

Studies of the fruit of Bihara found that it contains up to 35% oil and 40% protein. The oil is used in soap making and by the poorer classes,as a substitute cooking oil for ghee. The sweet smelling oil is 35% palmitic, 24% oleic and 31% linoleic. Linoleic oil is an essential fatty acid important for increasing HDL cholesterol, associated with a healthy state and reducing LDL cholesterol, considered to indicate a higher-than-average risk for developing coronary-heart disease.

One of numerous studies of Harada demonstrated its anti-vata or anti-spasmodic properties by the reduction of abnormal blood pressure as well as intestinal spasms. This confirms its traditional usefulness for heart conditions, spastic colon and other intestinal disorders.

With all the virtues of the three individual herbs, Triphala has many wide and varied uses as a therapeutic herbal food. Before considering pathological indications for which Triphala would be appropriate, we should never ignore the value of taking it on some regular basis whether once daily or once or twice a week simply for health maintenance. Triphala, having great nutritional properties, will help to prevent sickness. I remember meeting a yogic master who was in his late eighties and staying in Santa Cruz for a few months. Being clear of mind and body, he could out walk anyone, both in terms of speed and distance. He considered the fact that his remarkable fitness and health was primarily due to the fact that his diet consisted of, turmeric and salt) and a daily dose of Triphala as the primary herbal tonic.

I have numerous reports of individuals with chronic constipative tendencies who were able to regulate their bowels with the use of Triphala. One patient with a history of bowel irregularity was suffering from pyorrhea. After taking Triphala twice a day for three months, she was completely cured. Another patient who was at least 40 pounds overweight began taking Triphala and lost 20 pounds in a month with hardly any modifications in her diet. The reason is that because such severe obesity is usually accompanied by congestion of the internal organs of elimination, including the liver and bowels. As a result, digestion is compromised with the poorly assimilated food contributing to the organ congestion. For such conditions, Triphala can be highly effective in removing stagnation of both the liver and intestines.

Regardless of any other herbs being used, Triphala can be used whenever there are symptoms of inflammation, heat, infection, obesity and other conditions of excess. Because of its combined tonic and eliminative properties, it is generally quite safe to give even for deficiency diseases including anemia, fatigue, candida, poor digestion and assimilation. Unlike other eliminative and cleansing herbs, Triphala may be safely taken for symptoms of wasting heat that frequently accompanies diseases such as tuberculosis, pneumonia and AIDS.

Triphala is also widely taken for all eye diseases including the treatment of conjunctivitis, progressive myopia, the early stages of glaucoma and cataracts. For these conditions, it is taken daily both internally, as well as externally as an eye wash. Steep one tablespoonful of the powder in an 8 ounce glass of water overnight. In the morning, strain the infusion through a clean cloth. The resultant tea is used to sprinkle over the eyes or used in an eyewash with an eyecup that can be readily purchased at most drug stores. One can drink the remainder in one or two doses, morning and evening. Taken in this way for at least three months, Triphala becomes an herbal eye tonic.

As stated, there can be different reactions to the same dose of triphala. For some it causes too loose bowels while in others it may have little or no effect. As a result, it may take two or three days to regulate the dose that is best. After the constipative tendencies are removed, usually within 15 days of daily application, it will no longer cause loose bowels.

 For centuries, Triphala has been known and used as a standard household health supplement much as vitamins are in the West. In many households, Triphala is taken on a weekly basis by all family members to prevent disease and maintain health.

In India, Triphala is considered the greatest and most versatile of all herbal formulations. With the presence of such a vitamin C rich herbal food as Amla, it possesses unique nutritive tonic and eliminative properties. Both the public and therapists of all disciplines should be able to benefit from its unique therapeutic virtues.

 Triphala was introduced to the U.S. herb market. Triphala is traditionally taken and works best when taken as a powder. The average dose is from one to two teaspoons of the powder in a little water once in the evening or three times daily for blood and general body purification. It can also be taken regularly once a week with great benefit since it promotes balanced cleansing and detoxification. Triphala has been found to be very effective for helping to control weight gain, chronic constipation and as an adjunctive treatment for many chronic degenerative conditions

Dr. John Kellogg MD, America's most successful promoter of diet and healthful living and developer of electric blankets and a larger percentage of modern physical medicine, also felt that we should have a bowel movement following each meal, and developed this idea from studying these same peoples of Asia and Africa noted for superior bowel health. So apparently living with a natural life style and diet, having a bowel movement following each meal is normal. These same peoples, when they move to the cities and adopt a more Western life style, are no longer free of colon disease. Their bowel habits change. They develop colon cancer and other diseases unknown to their rural relatives"RATHER THEY BECOME TOXIC AS THE REST OF THE AMERICAN POPULATION"V.P.

Part of the problem in defining constipation is environment. In an ideal setting, where people live very naturally, several bowel movements a day are normal. Having only one would be considered constipation. In fact that is how these natives spot Europeans. The native peoples of those areas move with a fluid easy walk. Europeans do not. We have a stiff jarring form of ambulation. We walk as they do when constipated. They can see a European style of walking in the distance and they describe this as a "constipated" walk. This is how black guerilla fighters would spot Rhodesian white soldiers during the war there. Modern doctors consider long periods between bowel movements normal. Of course the huge amount of colon cancer and other colon diseases among people that are "normal" may be a deterrent to believing this. On a low roughage diet going much longer between bowel movements is normal. Having diverticulosis at fifty is also normal, as is dying of colon cancer. (ALL THESE DISEASE NAMES WERE CREATED TO SCARE US INTO USING DANGEROUS METHODS OF TREATMENT FROM THE MEDICAL CONGLOMERATE.) V.P.

This whole pattern is just wrong. We were not put here on earth to seek to be average members of a sick society. We were put here to attempt to be the best we can be. We will never be able to define natural health and constipation as less than daily or following each meal, to the satisfaction of modern medicine, so long as they insist on taking average function as normal rather than looking at ideal function. We see the same thing with blood pressure and most other measures of health. The figures taken as normal in conventional medicine are not normal but average. People in primitive societies with healthful lifestyles not only have healthier bowels. They do not usually have increasing blood pressure with age. Having blood pressures similar to young people is common for people in their 80s.Those who have unhealthful lifestyles do have a gradual increase with blood pressure with age. I am a strict vegan and exercise. Every time I pass a blood pressure screening, I stop to have my blood pressure checked. It is usually 100 over 70. The same reading it has been since I was a teenager. When they see my gray hair, they usually tell me my blood pressure is too low. It is normal for a 20-year-old in our culture, but not for someone in their 50s. However I live in a healthful manner, and have little or no atherosclerotic deposits in my arteries. This is normal for a person that lives in a healthful manner, whether they are twenty or eighty!

 Plugging up of the arteries and all the diseases this causes are usually due to diet.Those that eat a more ideal diet do not develop cardiovascular problems until a very advanced age. (Why not never?)V.P.  The gradual increase in what is considered normal blood pressure in our society, is not normal. It is just considered normal gradually to develop hardening of the arteries with age. Since not everyone does this, it is not normalIt is just that as a society, few people in America live truly healthful lifestylesWe are expected to be normally sick and develop chronic diseases as we age. We are not expected to live as long or as well as we can if we seek a higher road to health.

Normal bowel movements are the same. What is considered normal in America, is not normal, but average. The average person in the advanced countries is constipated if considering ideal function, rather than average. The average person, is constipated throughout life. The average person becomes senile, has high blood pressure, arthritis, diverticulosis, and a host of other degenerative diseases requiring a medicine cabinet full of prescription drugs to control by age sixty in America, Europe, Australia and other developed countries. Viagra, to restore middle age impotent men to short term ability to perform sexually, is the most exciting new drug in our society! If this is the kind of normal life that you seek to live, you will have a lot of company. That fits the current medical model of normal.
This is the majority, Why would you except this type of a life, when, if, you eat well and take our Real Whole Foods to supplement your good diet you can be disease free? As many are. V.P.

V. E. Irons, a leader of the natural health care movement always quoted, "Death Begins in the Colon." As a founding member of the Natural Health Federation, V. E. Irons was a major promoter of colon health. He lived a healthful lifestyle and never sought to be average. Mr. Irons lived a long vigorous life. His booming voice echoed through convention centers all over America until well into his nineties as he advocated colon health. His youngest son was born when he was in his eighties! Which sort of normal life would you prefer? If you want to live long and prosper— if you want to live to great age with a clear mind, sexually active, free of pain, and in good health, I strongly recommend that you seek a normal that represents ideal function for your body, rather than seek to be average.


Being average is not only not desirable, it is not possible. Attempting to be average just will not work. All of us are unique. No two people are duplicates of each other. Even identical twins change in response to their environment as their environments differ. We all have habits, injuries, illnesses and stresses that knock our ideal functions away from that ideal function. If we pursue being average, that may mean that this may be the maximum we can expect to achieve. If we do not seek good health, we can live to be about seventy in America. We have to consider also that included in that average are people that do not follow the typical pattern. This means that those “WHO LIVE WELL” that live to be 95+ in good health are averaged in as well, so the real potential of those who do not follow good health practices may not even have the average potential. There is no guarantee that cancer, heart disease, diabetes of some other dread disease may not be activated by living on the Standard American Diet and remove us much sooner than seventy.
The truth is we don’t have” the names of disease” as he is stating. What we do have is so much toxic material in the colon and blood stream that we feel awful, then we go to the medical people who give these toxins a scary term and treat it with more toxins until the body can’t take it anymore and expires. Than they say you died of cancer when it was their treatments. V.P.

A child raised in rural Africa, running around outside all day, eating a very healthful diet, and in a stable happy culture is going to have a better function than one confined in a smoggy city, sitting all day in classrooms and under the stress of an unstable culture. One of the things that changes is bowel function. A tree grows as it is bent. If a child grows up in a less than desirable situation, they adapt. We all do. One of the adaptations is the structure of organs. If we exercise constantly as kids we get larger hearts and develop more physical strength. If we use the power of our mind to learn, we can develop greater intellectual skills. When we seek to live a healthful life, we must seek to live in a way that is ideal for us. Most of us did not grow up living ideal lives, that changes what we can do as adults as well.” UNLESS OF COURSE YOU INCREASE YOUR NUTRITION INTAKE, WHICH IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE WITH WHAT IS OFFERED OUT THERE , EVERYTHING IS SYNTHETIC CHEMICALS WHICH THE NATURAL BODY CANNOT PROPERLY ABSORB.  HOWEVER IF YOU INGEST OUR REAL WHOLE FOODS YOU WILL CONTINUE TO REACH HIGHER HEALTH LEVELS  IMPROVING ORGANS, BONES ETC. ALSO LET ME GUIDE YOU TO A GOOD HEALTHY EATING LIFESTYLE. YOU CAN HAVE EXCELLENT HEALTH, DISEASE FREE AS THE BODY CAN THEN HEAL ITSELF.”V.P.  

We can do more to be  healthful if we develop in the best environment. We can develop undesirable things as easily as desirable ones. One of the things that we can enlarge is our colons.Not a good idea. The colon in a more natural state is designed to pass through material for disposal rather rapidly. Chyme (the mix of food & digestive juices starting in the mouth) reaches the colon in from one to four hours. Once waste material reaches the colon it can be pushed through or retained. We can hold back for a period of time to find a proper disposal site. The colon is designed to rid of us of waste in a timely manner. In an ideal society, the previous meal's waste is expelled after consuming the next meal, or waking up. We can change that normal transit time in a child by the way they are raised. Once we are grown, like most things we do have an individual ideal transit time that should not change without trauma to the GI tract. A child that grows up on a low residue diet, with the pressures of indoor toilets and toilet training can't be expected to have the ideal function of a child raised more healthfully. The pressure to conform to the artificial lifestyle of civilization will inhibit this process. They will have less waste material to expel. They will retain it longer. This increases the transit time through the GI tract. It enlarges the colon. The harder masses of undigested food in a child that is constantly constipated causes the colon to grow larger than it would if they were living a more healthful life style with more frequent softer bowel movements. This occurs even though they will have smaller bowel movements than their more natural living counterparts in other parts of the world. So as adults we may not be able to return to Eden nor have ideal bowel health either, without some sort of crutches.

The colon of a person on a low residue diet requires increased pressure to propel the feces through the colon. This increased pressure eventually causes small herniations in the lining of the bowel. This is what they call diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is considered normal by age fifty in the United States. 
It is very very rare in rural Africa and other healthful living cultures who have multiple bowel movements per day. If you grew up in America, Europe, Australia, etc., or on a Western diet and lifestyle, you cannot expect to return to the colonic function of that of someone raised in a healthful primitive culture. What is normal for them is not normal for you. You were never there, or at least did not have that level of function at any point beyond infancy. What is normal for you can be improved, but it will reach a point of best function for you. Considering that, expecting that most people from advanced nations to ever approach the ideal function is not reasonable. We should seek what is ideal for us? If needed to be healthful, we should use supports to enhance function.” AGAIN HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THAT WE WILL GET HEALTHIER AND HEALTHIER AS WE EAT REAL WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION AND OVERCOME OUR PAST INDICRETIONS.” V.P.

I encountered an important example of this failure to use standards appropriate to the individual when I was practicing in Scotland. I had several Scottish patients suffering from ankle problems referred from a local yoga group. The difficult was an Indian Yogi from India was teaching them. He had grown up sitting on the floor and being quite flexible. He could squat, quite comfortably, flat footed on the floor. He tried to encourage his students to do all the same moves that he could do. The better students worked and stretched to achieve this, then they began to have injuries.

Then the professor took off showing differences in the skeletons, an area of his interest. Indians grow up with a different culture and society. Part of that difference is the use of chairs. Among the poor in India it is more common to squat than it is to use chairs. In the villages groups of men or women squatting to work, or just to chat with their friends are always seen. These poor people are the source of skeletons. Take a young child and have them always sit in chairs as is done in Europe, they develop a shorter talus joint. Their ankle joints are never stressed as they would be if they constantly squatted as children do in India. Little kids are very plastic. It is easy to shape their joints, minds and bodies. By age five or so the bones form to function as they have been doing in these early years. Their structure is set in bone. The joint will no longer grow or stretch changing shape. So being able to squat with their feet flat on the floor is usual for Indians. Europeans cannot usually do this. We squat, but have to balance on our toes because the ankle joint will not bend that far. Those yoga students that tried to force their joints beyond their normal range of motion damaged their ankles, and still could not squat flat footed. “AGAIN GOOD NUTRITION ALONG WITH THE RIGHT WAY TO EXERCISE WILL ENHANCE OUR FLEXIBILITY” KEEP US YOUNGER.” V.P.

If you had chronic constipation as a child and this was not dealt with, you may never have more than daily bowel movements. You may need to continue to use means to control and deal with this as an adult. It is very important, that we live as healthfully as possible.”UNLESS THEY UNDERSTAND WITH INCREASES OF REAL NUTRITION THE WHOLE FRAME AND ORGANS WILL DAILY BE CHANGED FOR THE BETTER." V.P. 

   *Large dysfunctional colons are usually similar. If a child remains constipated, their colon is stretched. If it grows stretched, it will enlarge to meet the load put in it, and the child will never have completely normal bowel movements. So being solicitous over the functions of children's bowels is important after all. If you correct the problem and keep them into a diet that keeps their bowels working several times a day, the health of their colons can remain good throughout life. If you allow them to go days between bowel movements as kids, and don't question why they don't feel good, they may never be able to have normal bowel movements as adults. You want to correct the cause of the problem. You also do not want to wait to correct problems until permanent damage is done. Allowing children to spend days constipated can cause irreversible negative changes. These changes can follow them throughout life. Detecting and preventing these problems in advanced countries requires conscious vigilance.

These sorts of chronic problems usually begin in areas of decreased sensation. The colon does not have the warning system alerting you to problems.* The colon does not have the nerve supply that the skin has. The skin is richly supplied with all sorts of sensing nerve tissue. It can tell, touch, pain, heat or pressure. The colon is only sensitive to rapid stretching. It will not let you know overtly that there is a constant stretching of its wall or if it is being damaged by toxins or irritants. As an adult or child, there is usually no direct pain from constipation. The first signs may be quite subtle
Signs of constipation may be just gas, or commonly moodiness, nervousness and ill temper. Gastritis, or indigestion, is defined as a vague abdominal discomfort, a bad taste in the mouth, ranging up to nausea, lack of appetite, headache, etc. This may be a manifestation of constipation. The first treatment recommended for acute gastritis in the pre 1960 home medical books was a large warm saline enema to clear the bowel. Bowel disorders are very indirect in presenting symptoms. A mother that knows her children may come to know instinctively the state of her children's bowels by their emotional STATE. As we all grow older and learn to control our functions, more and more layers of camouflage cover our inner feelings, both physical and mental. If we remember to recognize and read these internal signals of bowel malfunction, it can be a great help in living long and well.

The colon rarely gives any direct indication of what is going on there other than by not moving at all, or diarrhea. It reflexes signs of problems to other systems. There are pain centers and surface areas that are reflex points to the colon. Some of these are the very top of the head, a spot about one inch lateral the fifth lumbar vertebra bilaterally, and the general area below the naval. These points can hurt, ache or just cause a dull steady pain. It does not mean that there is anything causing the pain in those areas themselves. We frequently see patients with constipation, colitis, or other bowel disorders in chiropractic offices complaining of low back pain or headaches. If that pain is in a colon reflex area, questioning of the patient to rule out bowel disease or constipation is part of the examination. There are others reflex points. These are all listed in a number of older neurology texts in my library. This article will be reprinted for paid subscribers with an in depth section on this. I will include illustrations and a comprehensive list in the final reprint of this article along with several pages of references to support the statements made here.

In addition to reflexes that can be caused by direct stimulation of the nerve fibers of the colon, there are systemic changes. The colon is an endothelial tissue, so is the brain. These tissues having developed in the same general tissue share some basic chemical functions. Most of the specialized neurotransmitter chemicals that the brain uses to transmit information are also produced in the GI tract. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter. It is of particular importance in depression and migraine headaches. There are more than ten neurotransmitters used in the brain by specialized brain cells, all with different general functions and interacting with each other. These transmitters carry information from cell to cell in the brain. These functions and their interactions are so complex that we barely have a handle on how they work. Even the most brilliant scientists cannot form working models of the interactions of all these chemical interactions within the brain. It is very complex. Our brains are designed to abstract only three dimensional problems, these interactions involve ten or more dimensional interactions. Our dealing with these interactions comes down to changing one or a few inputs and seeing what happens
Drug like Supplements or prescriptions to alter these systems artificially can have unexpected and unwanted side effectsSome of what we do know is that it is common for more of these neurotransmitters to be produced in the GI tract than the brain. Ten times as much serotonin is produced in the gut as is produced in the brain. We know that generally the systemic levels of these neurotransmitters altered by conditions in the gut affects the function of the brain. 

In the Bible it states that the colon is the seat of the personality. We know that the function of the GI tract affects the gut's production of these neurotransmitters, which are then circulated in the system and can affect the brain. Thousands of years ago when the Bible was being written down there was not a lot of discussion about neurotransmitters. They did know that constipated people lacked good personalities! They knew that what we eat and how the colon is functioning affected the mental state of everyone. *** In English— constipation causes a crappy attitude! Constipated people are nervous, irritable and hard to get along with. People with good bowel function tend to be congenial, relaxed and themselves. Everyone that has ever done colon therapy has noticed a tremendous difference in patients after a colonic irrigation or enema. People that are not constipated are just more mellow. If they are constipated, they can be very ill natured, tense, nervous, very rigid in their personality, etc. Then following removal of the waste from the colon, they are different people. They are much nicer to be around. Sometimes this is the best indicator of constipation, and its correction.

There is an old story about the parts of the body. They were debating which was the most important. The brain of course claimed to be most important, as various others. The anus claimed it was the most important. As an impasse developed the anus went on strike and closed down. After about three days the brain was in pain, the stomach was not working and it was acknowledged that the anus was the most important part of the body.

Seriously, we don't always think about the function of things until there is a very overt problem. This may be correct in many ways. It certainly is with ideal bowel or GI function. I am sure that among those natives observed by Dr. Burkitt and Dr. Kellogg, there is very little attention to the bowels. They just work. It is unlikely that a laxative company could make enough money in those countries to justify marketing their products. It is much more of an issue in the advanced countries where ideal function does not exist. Sale of laxatives is very high in the rich and powerful countries. Laxative ads costing millions of dollars each are routine on prime time television. The concern over bowel health is common here. The function of bowels is generally a problem here. The sale of laxatives is a many billion dollar a year industry in America alone. I think that our preoccupation with constipation as a nation, is not wrong. It is right! We know that we are not functioning as we should, and the logical thing is to assume what is needed is to flush the bowels. Any time the body is not eliminating waste appropriately most people want a flush. This is natural. It is very normal. This is what we should seek.

Being the advanced countries, we are the educated people. Being educated humans we have just succeeded in educating ourselves away from nature so well we often employ treatments that are not helpful, and may be harmful. We take laxatives and other low grade poisons to force our bowels to move rather than consider the source of the constipationOn the other hand our physicians, our best educated class, often encourage us to just ignore irregularity, all together. Both approaches are intrinsically wrong. It is not good to constantly dose the system with chemicals to force the body to work with an internal and external environment that is unhealthful. This is harmful. The harm done to the liver and GI tract by dosing on constant toxins to force bowel movements has prompted a real reason for the physicians move to discourage patients from being concerned over their bowel functions. This answer to the explosion of laxative sales has some merit, but ignores a very real problem. Some doctors have tried to characterize everyone that is concerned about constipation as neurotic. They characterize everyone that seeks to have daily bowel movements as having a mental illness! I think that it is likely that most of these doctors have bigger mental problems than their patients! One of the fundamental requirements of living is the removal of waste from the system. To describe a doctor that sees all patients suffering from constipation as having a mental problem as full of it, is far too kind! I consider this a very serious form of quackery! These statements indicate a very serious misunderstanding of the basic sciences of health. They ignore one of nature's basic laws. 

Elimination of waste is a fundamental need of all living things. If a person feels that they need to get waste material out of their body, it has been my observation that they need to get waste out of their body. The body is a basic biological machine. Operating in a perfect environment, it seems to operate perfectly. It is just that we do not operate in Eden. It is not simple when we move our machines out of their designed operating environment. Probably the most unnatural part of environment is elimination. The desire to purge, in my opinion, has some basis in a real need for all the patients I have seen. It may not be being properly handled, and there may be a serious misapplication of knowledge, or a lack of knowledge driving a crave that should be addressed in a very different manner. What I believe is that if there is a desire to clean the bowels, we should seek to learn why this individual feels this way. Perhaps even more importantly for over all health, we should wonder why anyone would want to keep toxic waste inside their body when it by design should be expelled.

Would you let a horse stand on your foot for three days before you tried to get it off? Then why would you want to wait three days to empty bowels that are being stretched out of shape and  permanently damaged by constipation. If you let a horse stand on your foot for three days, it might never work right again either. Why would you wait while colon is being blown up like a balloon and hope that it would do better? Why would you wait while the system is poisoned by the reabsorption of toxins that should have been expelled? Why would you allow the bowel to swell beyond its normal size and risk a torsion? A torsion of the bowel can twist and destroy a segment of the GI tract. This always resulted in death until the later half of this century. Now with modern surgery many patients can be saved to live a life of constant abdominal discomfort and GI dysfunction, following such a bowel trauma. We should be aware of our bodies and relieve ourselves when nature calls. If we know we are not functioning properly why not take care of it straight away? We should seek to understand why this system malfunctions. When we just know our bowels are not doing what they should we should not be embarrassed to get competent advice and treatment to help them function properly. I believe it is best to take a gentle enema at the onset of problems, rather than wait. If they system is not working as it usually does, treat it then. If you normally have a daily BM every morning, and it does not happen. Take an enema as soon as practical. If a side cramp and gas are present, correct it. We all, if we learn to know our bodies, know when they are not working right. When the oil light comes on in your car, you don't drive it until the engine blows. You fill it up with oil! If you check the oil regularly and treat it in a timely manner, it can run a long time. If you treat your body when you know it needs to be treated, it can run a long time. 

All of us living in the first world at times have these sorts of problems. If the lifestyle is healthful, it should not be common. It is just that a healthful life style is so rare in our culture that we have trouble recognizing what normal is. We grow up in a society in which food is a dead, thick, pasty glue that "sticks to our ribs," not to mention what it does to our colons. We eat more meat and animal products than any culture outside the arctic or severely cold climates in the history of the world. If it is not frozen, canned, bottled or radiated many Americans may refuse to eat it! Occasionally the anus does go on strike or overtime and let us know that we have to get 
rid of this stuff. Healthful people, whether children or adults should not need assistance that often. Healthful living people like those in rural Africa and India, don't often think about constipation. It just doesn't happen that often, but when it does they try to correct it in a timely manner. The use of enemas is still a common therapy in rural Africa, India and other countries with lower rates of serious bowel disease.

If we consider only the accumulation of feces in the colon, it is my belief that these should be removed from the body at least daily, even if inadequate roughage is taken in to cause this. We need to look at the function of the colon. The colon is thought of as an organ of elimination. It is. Of course, there should be a healthful society of flora in the colon. These bacteria do more than just break down waste. They make things like vitamin B-12 and other nutrients needed by the body from nutrients left in the chyme, as well as prepare the feces for elimination. The colon is a final processing center for food. It is also a major avenue for getting rid of waste. The other avenues are more specific in what they can discharge. The skin loses water, and some waste. The breath waste is almost totally carbon dioxide, sometimes with a little halitosis. The kidneys excrete selected waste in the urine. Some things go out that way, others can't. These systems secrete specific, selected toxins out of the body. The colon is much more general. It is the bodies variable and general waste removal system. By design it is the solid garbage collector of the body. The kidneys, skin and lungs filter through the cells of the body and emit specific waste products. The colon works in a very different way. Of all the major elimination system it is the only one that expels everything not used or absorbed from the food, as well as getting rid of an array of toxins and waste products. We can get rid of excess cholesterol in feces. We can get rid of some heavy metals like lead and other things that can be expelled no other way. This solid waste system, much like the waste systems of our cities gets rid of everything that cannot be expelled by other specific systems.  Everything can't be flushed! The things you put in the general garbage cannot be handled by the newspaper, can or plastic recyclers.


The kidneys specifically balance the water levels of the body. The colon reclaims water mixed with food in the small intestine. The colon withdraws more water if we get dehydrated. It is not intended to get rid of liquid waste, in fact a major function of the colon is removal of water from the feces. The only time we should be losing liquid waste via the colon is when this system fails to work or is turned off, and we have diarrhea. On entering the colon the contents are very watery. The food we eat is digested in acid in the stomach. Then on exiting the stomach a large amount of alkaline fluid is injected into the small intestine from the pancreas, and fat solvents are injected to disburse fats are injected from the liver and gall bladder. In this area the food is a thin soup. As it transits throughthe small intestine, it is digested by pancreatic juices and bile salts.The fragmented nutrients are pulled across the intestinal barrier into the body. What remains on reaching the colon is intended to be completely free of usable sugars, fats and most usable proteins. All that should remain is matter indigestible to the bodies own digestive mechanisms and deliberately excreted waste products. The final stage of digestion that takes place in the colon is done by friendly flora that can create products and digest materials that normally are not digestible by our own bodies. It is here that much calcium absorption takes place, and that a large colony of friendly colonic flora take a last ditch effort at to extract the last morsels of useful food sources in this waste mass.



 Origin: India

Common Names: Blend of Bellerica myrobalan, Chebulic myrobalan, Indian Goose berry

 Triphala is made up of three different components: Amalaki, known by the Latin name of Emblica officinalis; Bibitaki, with the botanical name of Terminalia bellirica; and Haritaki, going by the Lain name of Terminalia chebula. In fact, in Hindi and Sanskrit the name Triphala, with an accent on the last syllable, means three fruits.

Colon Cleansing & Constipation 

A toxic colon is a major factor in the development of food intolerance leading to chronic ill health. You cannot expect to be well if the main organ responsible for ridding the body of toxic waste is under-functioning.*** When the colon is irritated by diet, stress, drugs, chemicals, and other substances, it tries to protect itself by producing more mucus. This additional mucus can bind with the sludge from refined foods, such as white flour, and build up on the wall of the bowel, narrowing the lumen. This layer of gluey, hardened feces can weigh several pounds and is a good place for harmful organisms to breed. Do not think because you have regular bowel movements, or even diarrhea, that you have escaped this problem. The stool can pass daily through a dirty colon and leave the accumulated residue on the walls behind. There is no need to get panicky about the amount of weighty garbage you might be carrying around with you: there is a great deal you can do about it. A good cleansing program should always begin by removing the waste in your colon, the last portion of your food processing chain. If you attempt to clean your liver, blood, or lymph system without first addressing a waste filled bowel, the excreted toxins will only get recycled back into your body.

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