Western research confirms use of Triphala in Pancreatic Cancer treatment

thriphala.jpgA recent research conducted by University of Pittsburgh revealed that ‘Triphala’, a general ayurvedic medicine meant for stomach ailments has the property of hindering growth of cancer cells in the Pancreas.

The Research report, conducted by Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, shows that use of Triphala inhibited the growth of cancer in mice, which were implanted with human pancreatic tumors.

This study has generated quite a lot of interest in Western health and medical circles, particularly, when a growing interest is seen in alternative therapies, including Ayurveda and Chinese herbal medicine.

Although Indian scientists have supported the anti-cancerous properties of ‘Triphala’ long back, this is the first time that a western research has proved it. However, it still has a long way to go before actually being used as herbal remedy in pancreatic cancer treatment, as the research is still at its budding stage.

‘Triphala’ is one of the most popular Ayurvedic medicines, and is also used as an antioxidant for treating various intestinal disorders. It also promotes digestion and is a mild laxative. This herbal drug is made by the dried and powdered fruits of three different plants “ Hartaki (Terminalia chebula), Amlakai (Emblica officinalis) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), all taken in equal proportions.

Professor Sanjay Srivastava, who led the research, said Our results strongly indicate that ‘Triphala‘ has the potential to be used as novel therapeutic agent for treatment of Pancreatic Cancer. The tumors in Triphala-treated mice were found to be only half the size of those in untreated mice, without leaving any side effects on normal pancreatic cells.


  1. I have been taking a mixture of Herbs from blue boy herbs out of central Mississippi since aug. 2007 when my whipple surgury failed and they sent me home to die–I then added Triphala to my herbs in Jan of 2008 and seem to get a little better each day–I am a believer in both concoctions of herbs because they have certainly kept me alive–I lost 64 lbs but my weight has stablelized and I am now taking Megace along with the other for weight gain–Have been taking Megace for only a few days but my appetite improved in a matter of hours once I began taking it.

    Any info I can give email me at BeCancerFree@gmail.com or call 228-383–2672.

    Mickey Kizziah
    Biloxi Mississippi

  2. my father had colan cancer and the cancer was surgically removed from his body.after which he took 10 chemo sitings,the last one being in jan 08.
    we got a pet ct scan done recently found a 2.2*3.5 cancer in his left liver.i would like to is ayurveda an alternative for surgery or not.the doctor has suggested surgery and then 2 sittings of radiation.he is no in a state of mind to go through another surgery.please help me with the effects of ayurveda in curing cancer.
    thank you,
    Duhan Shah

  3. I began taking the Now Foods brand of Triphala (4 tabs daily) in combination with Resveratrol (2 tabs daily) last July of 08 when I suspected some sort of pancreatic problem. I also began to drink a coffee cup full of a mixture of about 1/2 inch of real maple syrup, a level tablespoon full of baking soda, and the remainder water, microwaved until hot and stirred. I would drink this once a day for the first two weeks and then as needed.

    Since then, the pain and pressure in my left abdomen has went away almost completely. I suspected something was wrong because preceding this pain was a prostate infection and some bedwetting at night. I had blood tests and physical exams, but nothing was found except a mildly enlarged prostate which went away after antibiotics. I began to lose weight, I went from 270 to 260 to 250 within a period of 4 weeks. From that point on is when I started using the remedies listed above. My appetite increased and my weight stabilized.

    I’m serious, I’m no doctor, but from experience, take what I mentioned above and it should work. There’s no doubt that I’m alive today because of this.

  4. After researching Ayurveda, I have gotten a Triphala product for my uncle from http://www.naturesformulary.com. It’s true that herbal remedies can really help. He’s been taking two capsules twice a day and seen a lot of positive changes. More information for where I get it is here, http://www.naturesformulary.com/Products/56-triphala.aspx

    People researching will find that Ayurvedic Products can be so effective towards many health related issues!

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