Constipation – Triphala

So what I love about this site is that it is a place for all of us to pool our knowledge and experience.

So this post is just an FYI, a placeholder, for when someone in the future might find this information helpful.

In my bowel research I have come across the following article on multiple occasions. The author has neurogenic bowel and bladder as a result of her MS (not SB). I bookmarked two things in my brain about this bowel supplement that she recommends: 1) the ingredients work together to help all the different aspects of bowel function. Here’s a quote from her blog, “Magnesium helps to retain water in the bowel, which makes waste easier to pass. Cape aloe, rhubarb and triphala help to stimulate and strengthen bowel contractions. Marshmallow and slippery elm help to soothe and lubricate the bowel.” The second thing I bookmarked was “triphala.” I hadn’t heard of it before, so I looked it up and remembered it. The product she is referring to is called ColonMax. And here’s a link to her article:

So today when I saw triphala in this article by Dr. Weil, I thought it might deserve further thought. Dr. Weil said, “The bowel regulator I recommend most frequently is triphala, a mixture of three fruits from India from the Ayurvedic tradition, available in capsule form at health food stores. Follow the dosage directions on the label. You can take it regularly; its benefits accumulate the longer you stay on it.”

I love that it gets better the longer you use it, unlike senna that loses it’s efficacy the longer you use it. He says that laxatives in the “irritant type” category, like Senna, actually make constipation worse that it was when you started.

Pretty interesting, I think. . .


  • Let us know how it works if you try it. We don’t struggle with constipation since the MACE procedure, but I know doTERRA’s DigestZen works wonders on typical kids. Wonder how it would do for a child with more limited bowel movement?

  • Kelly mentioned doing this in her recent email to me, which I posted in a comment under my Pooka’s Update post. I’m going to go look up what oils are in that.

    Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed,
    Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed

    I’m so torn on this oil thing. I have So Many NOW brand oils. And they worked so great at eliminating the mold in our house. And they work so great for headaches, burns, fungal infections, and so many other ailments. I’ve been so impressed with them. I’m so tempted to force myself to use them up before buying the same oils in therapeutic grade. IDK!?!

  • I’d use them. Or at least try them and see. Or maybe just switch out one at a time, whatever one is mostly used up. ???

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