There are many herbal formulas that are used for cleansing the body. Some are mild, but some can be very harsh and may cause negative side effects when overused. With that in mind, I would like to introduce this traditional Ayurvedic formula which I have recommended to many people; it can be used safely within the context of a food-based detoxification program, and following the advice of a healthcare professional.
Triphala Guggulu is a famous classical Ayurvedic formula based on the combination of guggulu, a species of myrrh resin, and triphala, the "three fruits", for detoxification and rejuvenation. The formula has a multitude of uses that address a wide range of symptoms, primarily addressing conditions of excess and stagnation, such as found in Metabolic Syndrome.
Triphala Guggulu promotes detoxification and supports healthy metabolic functions, including reducing weight, regulating cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and blood sugar. It detoxifies the tissues and organs, supports digestive power fire, and gently cleanses the gastrointestinal tract. It boosts gut immunity, and decongests the respiratory system. It has systemic anti-inflammatory effects, and is also beneficial for the skin.
Guggulu resin (Commiphora mukul), Amalaki fruit (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki fruit (Terminalia belerica), Haritaki fruit (Terminalia chebula), Pippali fruit (Piper longum)
Some versions also add:
Guduchi, (Tinospora cordifolia)
This formula is available as powder in capsules and tablets. Start with 1 capsule 2x day with water, before meals; can be increased to 2 capsules 2x day.
Along with other herbs and lifestyle changes, Triphala Guggulu supports the improvement of:
Controls blood pressure
Blood sugar issues
Sinusitis, allergies, sinus congestion
Guggulu is a stimulant emmenagogue, avoid during pregnancy
High doses can irritate the stomach
Note: Triphala Guggulu is generally safe, but for best results or if you are on multiple medications, it should be taken under the care of a health care professional.