Jun 18, 2015

Triphala can cure cancer and more: SPPU study

Ministry to fund more research on 3-fruit combo after discussions

In a breakthrough study carried out by the School of Health Sciences (SHS) at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), it was discovered that Triphala, an ayurvedic medicine known to be a laxative, can cure life-threatening diseases like cancer, diabetes and cardiac illnesses as well. The study, done early this year, was highly appreciated by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, which is now planning to fund further research work so that the medicine can be put to practical use.

Speaking to Mirror, Dr Bhushan Patwardhan, SHS director at SPPU, explained that Triphala has been around for many years now. "But, we were able to prove that there is more to it than mere laxative properties with a newly used concept in understanding drug research known as network of pharmacology . It studies drugs and its limitations. This concept helped us understand the main active components and their corresponding targets that can help in therapeutic applications of complex formulations of a medicine like triphala, which is a combination of three fruits — harad, baheda and amla," Bhushan said, adding, "We found that it helps in building immunity and fights the diseased cells, thus helping a patient improve. "

With people increasingly turning to natural remedies like yoga, ayurveda is also gaining momentum as an alternative medicine, what with the overuse of antibiotics and other adverse effects of regular medicines. Considering the need to bring in cheaper drugs with high efficacy, SHS undertook the study where the new concept helps in studying complex relationships, formulations between bioactives, targets, diseases and genes that helps in proving the curing qualities of the traditional drug.

"Now, we are looking forward to validate this study by testing triphala's medicinal value in subjects. We have already written to AYUSH and will be publishing the study in international research journals as this is a first-of-itskind research, which shows that ayurveda can save the lives of people suffering from high-mortality diseases," Bhushan informed.

Dr Atul Rakshe, secretary general of International Ayurveda Association, said, "This is good news for all of us. We should conduct many such research studies with the help of pharmacology. Triphala was always seen in poor light as it was a medicine used in constipation. But, we hope that this study will force people to change their outlook." The Ministry of AYUSH was all praise for the study, too, with Union minister Shripad Naik saying, "We are extremely enthusiastic about the breakthrough and are waiting to discuss the details to understand how triphala can be put to use. Funding will be made accordingly ."



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