This article is written by Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
Trivrit or turpeth is an effective purgative herb, used for Virechana Panchakarma Ayurvedic treatment.
Botanical name – Operculina turpethum Silva Manso. Syn. Ipomea turpethum R.
Used parts – root.
English name – Indian Jalap or Turpeth root.
The root contains active constituent by name A-turpethin and B-turpethin. Considerable amount of lignin and ferrous oxide is also present in this herb.
Another variety of the plant is Krishna/ Shyama trivrit is considered to be more purgative and should be used with more precautions.
The roots are sweet mixed bitter in taste, hot in potency and dry in nature.
The plant is Kaphapittahara and pacifies the oedema and abdominal disorders.
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Fine powder in abdominal distension and constipation:
Shweta trivrit is made into fine powder and taken in the dose of 250-750 mg along with a cup of warm milk or lukewarm water. In case of severe constipation associated with haemorroids, decoction of raisins (dry grapes) is used as after drink along with this powder.
This relieves abdominal distension, burping and constipation.
General method of preparation of decoction (kashaya) – 1 tablespoon of powder is added with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to 1 cup, filtered.
The roots cooked with cow’s milk for chronic abdominal disorders and skin diseases:
The shweta trivrit root is cleaned well or washed with water and then cooked with milk. This is taken in the dose of 20-30 ml in adults and 5-10 ml dose in children. This is effective in chronic abdominal pain, eczema, allergic dermatitis.
Fine powder of Shweta trivrit, Triphala, Ajwayin and Rock salt in abdominal pain, distension of abdomen and constipation:
The drugs Shweta trivrit, Triphala (Three myrobalans), Ajwain and Rock salt are taken in equal amount and fine powder is made. This is taken in the dose of 3-5 gram along with buttermilk in case of IBS, haemorroids etc. Lukewarm water or jeerakarishtha is used as after drink (vehicle) for abdominal pain, distension of abdomen and constipation.
Dilute decoction of Shweta trivrit in oozing and scaling skin diseases:
5 gram of trivrit is cooked with 200 ml water and reduced to 50 ml. This decoction is taken in cases like oozing and scaling skin diseases.
Fine paste of Trivrit and turmeric for abscess and ulcers:
Fine paste made out of turmeric and trivrit is applied in chronic oozing skin diseases (Tankana bhasma can also be used). This application is very useful in chronic ulcers and wounds.
Ayurveda believes that all diseases are results of indigestion or reduced digestive fire. Due to this toxins are increased in the body, mainly in the intestine. So, in all diseased conditions removal of the toxins is the priority and the drugs like Trivrit, Aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Draksha (Raisins) will safeguard the body and channels by expelling out the toxins from their main site of manifestation.
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