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Triphala in Pregnancy

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author image Christine DiMaria
Christine DiMaria began writing in 2001. She has written for Blue Mountain and various online publications. DiMaria is pursuing an Associate of Arts in health-care administration from the University of Phoenix.
Triphala in Pregnancy
Most doctors do not recommend triphala during pregnancy. Photo Credit Alistair Berg/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Herbs and holistic medicines have been used by humans for centuries for many different problems. Triphala is a plant that has numerous benefits. However, there are some herbs that certain groups of people should not use, despite the potential benefits of using such herbs. Triphala belongs in this group, so make sure you speak to a doctor about triphala before using it.

Triphala

Triphala is an herb found many in India. The word triphala literally translates to "three fruits." This herb is known as a laxative and a remedy for numerous other conditions. In India, there is even a popular saying about triphala's purported benefits: "No mother? Do not worry, so long as you have triphala."

Benefits

Triphala is said to detoxify and cleanse the colon. This holistic remedy is said to also filter the blood. Triphala is also believed to eliminate toxins in the liver. This Ayurvedic herb has also been known for its high levels of vitamin C, which is well known to help in fighting infections. Triphala is also used as an astringent and antispasmodic. A study on triphala showed that it may even be beneficial to cancer patients.

Triphala and Pregnancy

Triphala should not be used during pregnancy due to potential risks to the fetus. Triphala stimulates the digestive system, and the thinking goes that it also will stimulate the baby. Not only will the baby become more active, but the baby's heartbeat can also increase when taking this type of herbal remedy. It is best to consult your obstetrician about the best remedies to treat digestive irregularity during pregnancy.

Triphala and Miscarriage

Triphala is also known to cause women to have miscarriages. This is been said to be caused by the motion of pushing down that triphala causes. More specifically, it is said to be caused by the downward flowing energy. Another reason that triphala is believed to induce miscarriages is that it can cause muscle contractions. This can ultimately lead to the uterus contracting and causing trauma during the pregnancy.

Triphala and Breastfeeding

Triphala should be avoided if you are trying to get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding, since the herb's properties have been known to pass through to babies via breast milk. If you should want to use this herbal remedy while nursing, you should consult your physician first. This will allow you to make a decision on if the benefits outweigh the risks.

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